Villages & towns
Approximately 120,000 people live within the 99 parishes covered by the High Weald AONB designation. We have details here of those 99 parishes and to find out more about community life within the High Weald please select the parish of interest to access relevant local websites.
Description: The manor that became Herstmonceux is first mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the lands of the Count of Eu, and was owned by the de Herst family. The village has a wide range of shops, and services. The nearest market town is Hailsham a few miles to the South West with many shops. The nearest main shopping centre is at Eastbourne about 8 miles to the South.
Description: 12 miles to the east of Royal Tunbridge Wells on the B2162 stands the village of Horsmonden. The village was once a thriving part of the Wealden ironworking industry, and its Furnace Pond is one of the largest in Kent. Horsmonden has a few local services, as befits its size. The nearest shopping centre is Royal Tunbridge Wells about 12 miles west, or Maidstone about 14 miles to the north.
Description: Hever lies off the beaten track between Penshurst and Edenbridge, its main claim to fame is Hever Castle. The village is quite small, but has a public house, the church and the castle. The nearest town is Edenbridge about 3 miles to the west with its wide range of shops, and its train access to London. The nearest large town is Royal Tunbridge Wells about 10 miles to the east provides an exceptional shopping centre and services.
Description: Town description to come
Description: Set in East Sussex, High Hurstwood is on the edge of the Ashdown Forest.
Description: Hurst Green lies about 2 miles north of Robertsbridge on the A21, the busy main road from London to Hastings. Hurst Green has a few shops and Public Houses which provide the usual village services. The main Hawkhurst to Battle, and Hurst Green to Heathfield bus services go through the village centre. The small town of Battle is about 6 miles south, and has a wide variety of shops.
Description: Horam was a small hamlet about 3 miles south of Heathfield on the A267, until the opening of the Cuckoo Line railway. The hamlet grew due to the Express Dairies depot and until recent times it was known as Horeham. The village has quite a number of shops and public houses. The nearest supermarket and market town is at Heathfield 3 miles north, with a major shopping centre at Eastbourne 12 miles south.
Description: Icklesham is located about 6 miles to the east of Hastings, on the main A259 Hastings to Rye road. Icklesham is a small village with a few shops and public houses. The Hastings to Rye hourly bus passes through the village. The nearest station is at Doleham Halt near Guestling, or at Winchelsea both on the Ashford to Hastings line, which has an hourly service.
Description: Horsham has a historic centre with some interesting buildings. The centre has been mainly pedestrianised in the last decade and Carfax with its Victorian bandstand has regained its place as town square. An ancient market town, its buildings range from the 12th century St. Mary's Church through to the present day shopping centre and industrial estates.
Description: Iden sits on a hill overlooking the Marshes of the Rother Levels and stands about 2 miles north of Rye on the B2082. The village has limited services as you would expect from a small village. The main shopping town is Rye just down the road, and a large supermarket can be found at Peasmarsh.