Welcome to Wealden

Wealden District covers 323 square miles of rural East Sussex and it is one of the most rural areas in England. Nearly two-thirds is recognised as being of national landscape quality, boasting the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park.

It is easily reached from London by rail on Southern and South Eastern  to stations at Berwick, Buxted, Crowborough, Eridge, Frant, Normans Bay, Pevensey & Westham, Polegate, Uckfield and Wadhurst. Details for local bus routes can be found on the East Sussex interactive bus map.

The core appeal to visitors is its beautiful, varied and unspoilt landscapes and views. It has undeveloped coastal cliffs, beaches and countryside that varies from ancient woodland, forests and heathland to a patchwork of medieval fields, parklands and open rolling downs.  There are a number of European and Internationally recognised special sites of ecological value that contribute to the special environmental attributes of Wealden including Ashdown Forest, which contains one of the largest single continuous blocks of lowland heath in south-east England and Pevensey Levels which is designated wetland habitat of international importance.

Attractive villages offer the visitor a warm welcome and you will see a wealth of historic timber-framed, flint and thatched buildings, so typical of the South East of England.  And why not try the Cuckoo Trail  (pdf print only) - a former railway line extending for 11 miles between Heathfield and Polegate, ideal for walkers and cyclists.


Did you know Wealden has over 85 attractions?

Watch the journey through Wealden video

Map of Wealden

Wealden Map

Wealden Towns

The towns and villages welcome everyone with their unique charm, whether staying for a weekend break or longer holiday at any time of year.

Crowborough Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame lived here. 

Hailsham   Market Charter in 1252 and the only livestock market in the area.

Heathfield the infamous Jack Cade, leader of the Kentish rebellion in 1450 is buried in nearby Punnetts Town.

Pevensey 1066 landings and castle dating back to Roman times. 

Polegate start of the Cuckoo Trail stretching 14 miles north to Heathfield.

Uckfield renowned for Lord Lucan and the legendary Piltdown Man hoax.


Ashdown Forest North View

There’s lots for you to enjoy in Wealden - we have a fantastic range of leisure and recreational activities on offer, including walking, fishing, cycling, water sports, climbing, learning to ski and snowboarding. Here are a few of our suggestions to keep you entertained whilst spending the day/s here.


Farley Farm

For family entertainment, you need look no further!  You can choose from walking with llamas, riding on a steam/diesel train, playing Pooh sticks, adventure parks, speedway circuit, stock cars/bangers stadium, or wind down a busy day at a local independent cinema. 


Stay a while

There are castles and historic buildings to discover;  the Clergy House in Alfriston and Bridge Cottage in Uckfield are fine examples of medieval buildings. William the Conqueror famously landed in 1066 at the site of Pevensey Castle and the Court House nearby has historical artefacts dating back to 290AD.  

Wealden District Council