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: Danehill lies on the East Grinstead to Lewes road about 8 miles from East Grinstead. The name is derived from Dene Hill from the anglo saxon denbera, meaning a large clearing in the forest, or a swine pasture, on the hill. The village is small with only a few local services. The main shopping centre is at East Grinstead about 8 miles north or Haywards Heath about 8 miles south west.


Description: Town description to come


Description: The village is located, in the Green Belt, on the borders of Kent and West Sussex, close to the well-known Lingfield Park Racecourse, and Ashdown Forest. The village has a well-established shop, the Post Office and General Store being the centre of the village. It has its fair share of local country style pubs, many of which serve excellent food.


Description: Three miles to the east of Hastings, off the A259, Fairlight consists of a few old coastguard cottages, a church and a collection of modern seaside houses straggling downhill to Fairlight cove. An infrequent Hastings to Rye bus route passes through the village. The nearest station is in Hastings, with an hourly journey to London, Eastbourne and Ashford. The nearest local station is at Winchelsea on the Ashford line. The main shopping centre is Hastings about 4 miles West.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/rotherlevels/villages/fairlight.php


Description: East Grinstead, a town which goes back many hundreds of years (there is evidence of iron working from the Roman days), is on the edges of Kent, Surrey and Sussex - it sits on a sandstone ridge beside the Ashdown Forest. Its most attractive feature is the wealth of medieval houses in the wide High Street. Housing development in the last half of the 20th century have down the wider town no favours, but if you stick to the High Street area, there is much to see and enjoy.

Website: localwebsuk.com/sussex/east_grinstead.shtml


Description: Fairwarp lies just off the B2026 Maresfield to Hartfield road which approximates the Roman Lewes to London Ermine street. A Roman bloomery has been found in the area. Fairwarp is part of the Maresfield Parish along with Nutley, Maresfield, Duddleswell and part of Ashdown Forest.

Websites: Maresfield Parish Council website| Fairwarp Community Society

Description: Edenbridge is a medium sized Kentish market town, within a couple of miles of both the Surrey and Sussex county borders. The parish covers about 6,000 acres and has a rising population of around 8,000 and has its own hospital and minor injuries unit, leisure centre, Police office, a reasonably healthy High Street with a blend of national and individual shops, supported by a full range of professional, medical and financial services, and with an innovative local museum.

Website: www.edenvalleykent.org

Description: The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book , but without a church. It is likely that Fletching was an Anglo Saxon settlement which was founded about a century after Roman Britain. The name is probably derived from the village of Flecci. The village has the usual local services, with its nearest main town being Uckfield, a few miles to the East.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/ashdownforest/villages/fletching.php

Description: Etchingham is a small rural community, in East Sussex, England, lying in the valley at the junction of the Rivers Dudwell, Limden and Rother, which flow on through Sussex, eventually reaching the sea at Rye. It has a Post Office and a thriving Community Stores and a main railway line Station.


Description: Town description to come

Websites: Forest Row website