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Walking and cycling in Wealden

Wealden is a great area for walking, cycling and exploring.

The Cuckoo Trail runs through Wealden and is a former railway line, ideal for walkers and cyclists. For a variety of different cycle rides, try some of the routes suggested in the Cycle Routes off the Cuckoo Trail

The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been described as one of England's finest landscapes and has been protected by government legislation since 1983. It covers a wide area of Wealden as well as some of the bordering counties of Kent & Surrey.

The famous South Downs National Park borders the south of the district and covers the chalk hills of the South Downs, which on the English Channel coast form the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

The 20 Wealden Walks listed below, vary from 4 to 12 miles in length, with at least one passing through every parish.

They have been organised so as to incorporate links with the public transport network, both bus and rail (Southern and South Eastern) and have used over 150 miles of the existing public rights of way network, some of which was previously underused. They all provide an historic and attractive way of enjoying and understanding the local natural landscape

For further information on where to cycle and walk in Wealden, including guided walks and healthy walks, please visit the East Sussex County Council and the Wealden District Council websites.

This Week's Events

Twenty of the best walks in Wealden

Walk 1: Starting at Exceat - "Et non plures" (pdf)
5 miles, 3 hours, grade 2.

Walk 2: Starting at Friston - "Our earliest ancestors" (pdf)
11.5 miles, 8 hours, grade 4.

Walk 3: Starting at Alfriston - "Abbots and artists" (pdf)
8.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

Walk 4: Starting at Berwick - "Water water everywhere" (pdf)
8 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

Walk 5: Starting at Hellingly - "A fishy tale about cheese" (pdf)
7 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

Walk 6: Starting at Laughton - "Pelhams, parks and poachers" (pdf)
9 miles, 6 hours, grade 3.

Walk 7: Starting at Polegate - "A tale of two towns" (pdf)
6 miles, 4 hours, grade 3.

Walk 8: Starting at Westham - "All at sea" (pdf)
7 hours, grade 4, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

Walk 9: Starting on A259 near Barnhorn - "Inns, innings and the ghost port" (pdf)
7 miles, 4 hours, grade 3.

Walk 10: Starting at Ninfield - "A thousand years of progress" (pdf)
4 miles, 3 hours, grade 2.

Walk 11: Starting at Little Horsted - "Two churches with no villages" (pdf)
6 miles, 4 hours, grade 3.

Walk 12: Starting at Uckfield - "A walk of mysteries" (pdf)
8 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

Walk 13: Starting at Buxted - "The canon and his cannons" (pdf)
7 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

Walk 14: Starting at Hartfield - "The buckhurst terrier" (pdf)
8 miles, 5 miles, grade 3, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

Walk 15: Starting at Chelwood Gate - "Verily the most villainously ugly spot I ever saw in England" (pdf)
9 miles, 5 hours, grade 4.

Walk 16: Starting at Mayfield - "A vision of hell" (pdf)
5 hours, grade 3.

Walk 17: Starting at Wadhurst - "A grave state of affairs" (pdf)
7 miles, 4 hours, grade 3, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

Walk 18: Starting at Old Heathfield - "The two memorials" (pdf)
7.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

Walk 19: Starting on A26 south of Crowborough - "Up hill and down ghyll" (pdf)
8.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

Walk 20: Starting at Eridge Green - "The lords and the yeoman" (pdf)
7.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

Wealden District Council