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Heathfield

Heathfield is an attractive market town standing on a ridgeway surrounded by beautiful rolling Sussex countryside.  It was granted a Market Charter in February 1316 during the reign of Edward II.

Heathfield has a busy high street with a variety of small local shops as well as supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.  There is a good range of bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation available in Heathfield as well as hotels in nearby Buxted, Uckfield and Rushlake Green.

The local bus network links visitors to main towns and villages and to the coastal resort of Eastbourne.  For details of bus routes please visit:  the East Sussex interactive bus map

The annual Heathfield & District Agricultural Show is the highlight of the calendar bringing thousands of visitors to the town on the last Saturday of May to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.  

Le Marché Anglo French market is also another very popular event held annually on August Bank Holiday Monday.

The Avenue Verte  is a cycle route from Paris to London stretching 406 km and which passes through Heathfield. The French section, linking Paris to the Channel port of Dieppe, measures 246 km. It follows special traffic-free greenways (voies vertes) with some tracks being shared with motorists.

Did you know?

The Cuckoo Line was the former steam railway which ran from Polegate to Tunbridge Wells. It started in 1849 with a single track from Polegate to Hailsham and in 1880 was extended from Eridge to Hailsham, providing a service from Charing Cross to Eastbourne via Tunbridge Wells.  It became known as the Cuckoo Line because traditionally, the first cuckoo of spring was released from a cage at Heathfield Fair. The line closed in 1965 as part of the ‘Beeching Cuts’.

Jack Cade was the leader of a popular revolt against the government of England in 1450 when King Henry VI was on the throne.  A roadside monument to his memory can be found at Cade Street near Heathfield.  The rebellion was thought to be the precursor to the Wars of the Roses.

 

Experience...

Batemans

A visit to Bateman's is a must.  The 17th century house is located in Burwash near Heathfield and is where author Rudyard Kipling lived from 1902 until his death in 1936. His wife left the house to the National Trust on her death in 1939 and it has since been opened to the public.

Tinkers Park in nearby Hadlow Down, is the home of the Claude Jessett Collection. Try visiting on one of their Open Days and enjoy the nostalgia of the steam engines, traction engines, fairground organs and narrow guage railway.

Relax & Enjoy...

Heathfield Farmers Market

Take time out to relax and have a meal in one of the many different cafes and restaurants available in the high street.  Whether you like ethnic cuisine or traditional food, there will be something for you to enjoy.

Visit the regular farmers market held on the 3rd Saturday of every month in the Co-op car park from 9am to 12.30pm.

Out & About...

Visitors to Heathfield will enjoy the Cuckoo Trail which is a former railway line, turned into a traffic-free cycleway, walkway and bridleway and which is part of the National Cycle Network.

The Cuckoo Trails forms part of the Avenue Verte, which is a mainly traffic free cycle route from London Eye to Notre Dame Paris (via Newhaven-Dieppe ferry) and is an Anglo-French joint initiative.

Explore...

Countryside
Whether you're after a gentle afternoon stroll or wish to spend a day or more taking in the beautiful countryside and historic sites, there are many walks in and around the town from Heathfield Park to the Cuckoo Trail.

Get Immersed...

Wilderness Woods

Explore the trails, playground, picnic spots and exhibitions of the beautiful Wilderness Wood and let your kids go wild!

Or see what country life was like 100 years ago at the Sussex Farm Museum in nearby Horam.

 

Stay a While...

Bedroom

There is a range of excellent bed and breakfast and self catering  accommodation available in Heathfield and the surrounding area.  Within a few miles there are exclusive hotels at Buxted, Uckfield and Rushlake Green. 

But if camping is more to your taste, there are several camp sites to choose from where you can enjoy the beautiful local countryside.

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