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Crowborough

Crowborough is the largest inland town in East Sussex and one of the county's highest points.  It is easily reached from London by railway on Southern; a regular bus network connects Crowborough with other towns and villages in Wealden and visitors can also visit the coastal resorts of Eastbourne and Brighton.  Details can be found on the East Sussex interactive bus route map. 

Crowborough is situated on the edge of Ashdown Forest in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where horse riding and walking are among some of the leisure activities to enjoy.

Best known for its famous resident Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creator of Sherlock Holmes, the Ashdown Forest was also the inspiration for the Winnie the Pooh stories.  The Victorian English nature writer Richard Jeffries was also inspired to write several essays based around Sussex whilst living in Crowborough in the late 1880s.

Crowborough Beacon Golf Club and the Boars Head Golf Centre are among the best golfing experiences in the south with beautifully designed courses in picturesque settings.

Why not follow the Crowborough Mystery Trail - a great way to discover Crowborough and its history.

Did you know?

Crowborough has a past reputation as a favoured haunt for smugglers.

Being one of the highest points in Sussex, any Excise men could be spotted well in advance!

Experience...

Llama Park

Crowborough and the surrounding area is home to a diverse number of attractions. Everything from enchanted forests at Groombridge Place to steam railways at Spa Valley and The Bluebell Railway. The National Cat Centre is not just home to an adoption centre; it has nature trails, donkeys and Hebridean sheep. Close by is the unique Llama Park with alpacas, kune pigs and Jacob sheep.

If you like outdoor pursuits you will find Bowles Outdoor Centre and Nuts 4 Climbing.  There is also The Bewl Water Country Park which offers many types of watersports and activities, ideal for families and within half an hour's distance.

Relax & Enjoy...

Crowborough Cross

The local cuisine is sure to whet the appetite in Crowborough from gastro-pubs to family-friendly cafés serving organic coffee, and sophisticated eateries promising fine dining.

It’s easy to find the best restaurants for every occasion and budget. Every taste is catered for, choose from curries, Thai and Chinese.

Close by you will find lots of quaint country pubs and garden centres offering local produce.  And you can experience some fine dining at hotels such as The Buxted Park and Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club. 

Out & About...

Crowborough Freedom Leisure Centre has great facilities including a large swimming pool and gym.

Tennis, golf and walking are among popular outdoor activities. At the  Crowborough Country Park you will find  sixteen acre local nature reserve, a perfect place for a peaceful walk or a family picnic. An undulating circular stone track meanders through the site amongst tall trees, ponds and a picnic area. The deep rocky gorge is a main feature of the site.

Explore...

Ashdown Forest Deer

Crowborough is ideally located for visiting the Ashdown Forest which is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife. Nearly two thirds of its 6500 acres are heathland, amounting to 2.5% of the UK's extent of this rare habitat.

Crowborough Country Park is ideal for a peaceful walk and is easily accessible from Crowborough Hill.

Get Immersed...

Experience Wealden

Crowborough has proud links to some famous names from Britain's past and a visit to the bronze statue of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a must. The poet Minnie Louise Haskins also lived in the town.

Also look out for connections to Roland Penrose, Rudyard Kipling, AA Milne and Virginia Woolf.

Stay a While...

Ashdown Park Hotel

There is a wonderful selection of first class hotels in nearby Wych Cross, Buxted and Uckfield and a wide choice of high quality B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering properties in the area.

If camping and caravanning are to your taste, Crowborough has a site next to the leisure centre and a small site on the outskirts of town.

Wealden District Council