Explore our outstanding landscape at the first ever High Weald Walking Festival, which starts this Saturday (15 September 2018)
This free event will showcase the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty like never before, offering both residents and visitors a fantastic opportunity to get outside and connect with the natural world on their doorstep.
Experienced and knowledgeable guides from organisations such as The Ramblers, RSPB, Buglife, Woodland Trust and the High Weald AONB Partnership will lead a total of 36 inspiring walks throughout the week, with themed routes covering local history, art, literature, wildlife and geology.
There really is something for everyone - you can explore the Ashdown Forest and visit Winnie-the-Pooh's favourite places, learn about the High Weald's historic iron industry or even hone your creative writing skills with an inspiring walk through ancient woodland around Mayfield. Nature lovers can learn about pollinators and how they impact the landscape around them, or go bird-watching at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve or Broadwater Warren. Visit www.highwealdwalks.org now to view the full programme and plan your week.
With breathtaking views, fascinating history and an extensive network of footpaths and ancient byways, the High Weald is a walker’s paradise. Whether you’re an avid rambler, nature spotter or archaeology buff or just want to get out in the fresh air and explore your local area, the High Weald Walking Festival has something for everyone to enjoy.
The Festival is the High Weald AONB Partnership's flagship event for Outstanding Week - the AONB Family’s week (and a bit) long programme of events to help people reconnect with nature by enjoying and being inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This year it takes place from Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd September.
Outstanding Week is an opportunity for you to get out and benefit from everything AONBs have to offer - walking festivals, dark sky discovery nights, country shows, archaeology walks, wood fairs, foraging and local food festivals, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatching courses, drystone walling competitions, charcoal making, bioblitz, inspiration through art and drama and many, many other activities.
Join us out in the country to discover why September is such an Outstanding month!