High Weald

bredehighwoodsrideIntroduction: 262 hectares of woodland owned and managed by The Woodland Trust.  Known for its rare wildlife including glowworms, great crested newts and dormice, Brede High Woods is a favourite among naturalists, thanks to its ancient, and largely undisturbed, features.

Location: Cripps Corner, near Battle, East Sussex, situated six miles north of Hastings.

What can I do? You can walk the circular waymarked path or on any of the public and permissive footpaths that criss cross the woods.  Look out for signs of the charcoal burning that was carried out in the past, the stream and sawpits can be seen.

What can I see? Brede High Woods are special for its rare green hellebores and wild service trees, but also for hobby, glow worms, great crested newts, lampreys, dormouse, badgers and fallow deer.  During the summer months the sunny rides are a great place for spotting woodland butterflies such as the Silver washed fritillary.  Brede's woodland is so undisturbed that a beetle thought to be extinct elsewhere in the UK lives here.

What can I hear? Birds such as woodcock, nightingales and buzzards can be heard from Brede High Woods.

Information available: The Woodland Trust have produced a  pdf general introduction leaflet (1.42 MB)  and a leaflet featuring a pdf waymarked path (1.01 MB) .

bredehighwoodsheatherGrid Reference: TQ796203(OS Map)
OS Map: 124/125 (Explorer, 1:25,000)
Opening times: All year
Prices: Free
Dogs allowed: Yes

Terrain: There are some gentle hills with slight to moderate gradients. The paths are unsurfaced and there are some tree roots, ruts, holes and bumps. Some sections of the paths get muddy in winter or after rain. The paths are mostly wide enough for two people to walk abreast. There is one footbridge to cross on the long walk.

Nearest train station: Robertsbridge, (mainline) 3 miles.

Nearest NCN route: Route 2, approx. 6.5 miles to the south at Hastings.

Where can I park? Small car park on B2089 Broad Oak to Cripps Corner road on northern edge

Where can I get further information? The Woodland Trust website