High Weald

winterwalkersWorried about piling on the pounds this winter?  Spending too much time sitting in front of the TV? 

The High Weald landscape offers the perfect antidote and there are a variety of landscapes to explore with views of its woodland, rolling hills and irregular shaped fields to be enjoyed around every corner.  Just don a pair of stout walking boots or wellingtons and start walking.  Some ideas for walks you can try:

Join a guided walk from our events list which are held across the area and led by various groups and include beach rambles led by wardens at Rye Harbour nature reserve.  You can combine a short ramble around the reserve with a spot of birdwatching with an expert and may be lucky to spot a rarity amongst the winter birds such as Golden Plover or a hunting Peregrine Falcon.

Visit one of the many countryside sites within the area, such as one of the many woodlands owned by the Forestry Commission, or one of the heathland areas.  A number of these sites have routes mapped out that you can follow with downloadable leaflets pointing out things of interest to look out for such as birds, veteran trees and historical sites such as hammerponds and iron industry sites.

Try one of the circular walks from our list of walks published by the County Councils.  Of varying lengths these walks take you around some interesting places in the High Weald where you can learn a little of its history or see some spectacular views across the High Weald as you walk.  For instance A Grave State of Affairs takes you to Wadhurst church where you can view iron gravestones forged by illiterate craftsman working at the height of the iron industry in the area.