High Weald Landscape Trail
The route crosses west and east Sussex and Kent journeying through the High Weald AONB and allowing appreciation of the ancient and diverse landscape that makes this region so special. Meandering through an intimate landscape of rolling hills, sandstone outcrops, small fields, hop gardens, orchards, flower rich meadows, valleys of oak and beech woodland, gurgling streams and hammer ponds, (relics from the iron ore foundries of years gone by), the 90 mile Trail links the ridge top villages and the historic gardens for which the area is famous. Walking in springtime there are glorious banks of bluebells in shady woodland settings and in autumn rich, golden displays of woodland colour. These are the landscapes that inspired artists, poets and writers such as William Morris, Siegfried Sassoon and Henry James.
The route is waymarked and also shown on OS Explorer maps.
The trail is suitable for walkers of all abilities and, depending upon how far you wish to walk each day can be completed in seven to ten days. Much of the Trail is also suitable for completing in sections at different times as it is accessible by public transport at a number of points, allowing you to return to your starting point without retracing your steps. Using OS Explorer maps it is also possible to devise numerous circular walks incorporating part of the Trail. The route is well signposted and waymarked with the High Weald Landscape Trail logo and is also shown on the OS Explorer maps. The Trail guide describes the route in seven sections as follows:
Section 1 Western High Weald - from Horsham to Cuckfield.
Section 2 Western High Weald from Cuckfield to East Grinstead
Section 3 Upper Medway from East Grinstead to Groombridge
Section 4 Central High Weald from Groombridge to Matfield
Section 5 Kentish High Weald from Matfield to Rolvenden
Section 6 Lower Rother from Rolvenden to Flackley Ash
Section 7 Brede from Flackley Ash to Rye
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