High Weald

Approximately 120,000 people live within the 99 parishes covered by the High Weald AONB designation. We have details here of those 99 parishes and to find out more about community life within the High Weald please select the parish of interest to access relevant local websites.

Description: The small village of Bodiam is situated in the picturesque Rother Valley. It is dominated by the 14th century moated castle which is owned by the National Trust. The castle is the Trust's most popular attraction in South East England, drawing around 160,000 visitors each year. Bodiam is also the last stop on the Kent and East Sussex Railway line which starts at Tenterden. The village has it's own primary school and private preparatory school, a public house, but no shop or post office.
Websites: Bodiam Village Guide


Description: Burwash was renown in the 18th and 19th centuries as a centre for smuggling. Nowadays it is renown as the home of late author Rudyard Kipling. He lived at Batemans just to the south of the village. There is a variety of shops and public houses in the village, including a Post Office and is 6 miles east of the market town of Heathfield.
Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/esussex-iron/villages/burwash.php


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Description: Buxted, Five Ash Down and High Hurstwood are situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the North and South Downs. The Weald was originally an area of land between two lines of chalk hills called the North and South Downs. Weald is an old English word for "forest" and this area across Kent and Sussex included Ashdown, Tilgate and St. Leonard's forests which remain today. Uckfield and Crowborough are the nearest market towns.
Websites: www.buxtedvillage.org.uk

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Websites: Brede Village Guide

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Description: Brenchley is located off the main A21 on the B2162 between Horsmonden and Matfield. Brenchley has a few shops and public houses and is 9 miles east of Tunbridge Wells the main shopping place in the area.
Websites: www.brenchleyandmatfield.co.uk/

Description: Catsfield can be found on the B2204 Battle to Ninfield road. Its name could have come from the Saxon tribe the Catti, who settled in the area, or possibly from Saint Cedd who is said to have built the church here. Catsfield has a public house and general shop and a shop that specialises in sausages. Battle is the main shopping area, 3 miles away.
Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/pevenseylevels/villages/catsfield.php

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Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/esussex-iron/villages/brightling.php

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Websites: www.edenbridgetown.com/local/villages/chiddingstone.shtml