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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 a former railway line extending 11 miles between Heathfield and Polegate, ideal for walkers, cyclists and horseriders.

 

Did you know Wealden has over 85 attractions?

Download your 2019-2020 attractions guide here 

Map of Wealden

Wealden Map

Wealden Towns

 An area of ancient beauty and heritage around every corner!

Crowborough Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,creator of Sherlock Holmes fame lived here. And nearby, AA Milne, author of the famous Winnie the Pooh books.

Hailsham   Market Charter in 1252 and the only livestock market in the area that still continues today.

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

Pevensey  landing place of William the Conquerors fleet, for the start of the epic Battle of 1066, the date changed the course of English history.  

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

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

 

 

Activities...

Wilderness Woods

Wealden has a fantastic range of leisure and recreational activities on offer, including walking, fishing, cycling, water sports, climbing, learning to ski and snowboarding. And the famous Cuckoo Trail, a former railway line is not to be missed, this eleven mile trail is suitable for all the family whether walking, cycling or horseriding!

Families...

Druillas Lory Landing

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. Plus Drusillas, the best regarded small zoo in the country who have created an animal and child friendly environment, where the focus is always on fun!

Heritage/History...

Pevensey Castle Aerial

There are castles and historic buildings to discover; William the Conqueror famously landed in 1066 on the site of the Pevensely Castle and the Court House neary has historical facts dating be to 290AD. Explore 1066 Country for some great days out.

The Clergy House in Alfriston and Bridge Cottage in Uckfield, fine examples of medieval buildings.

Wealden District Council