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: It is though that Celtic settlers then the Romans settled in Framfield as there are many bloomeries nearby, together with the Weald Way , the ancient route across Sussex. Framfield is a small village with a few local services, shops and public houses. The nearest, main shopping centre is at Uckfield a few miles to the west. The nearest trains also run from Uckfield.

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


Description: Handcross is a Victorian village close to the A23 main London to Brighton road. Nearby, are the 30 acres of Nymans Garden run by the National Trust as well as the 20 acres of woodland and water gardens at High Beeches Garden. In the High Street is Verralls, a fascinating shop which specialises in veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles and early transport.

Websites: www.midsussex.gov.uk/page.cfm?pageID=2130


Description: The Parish of Frant borders Tunbridge Wells. It is one of the largest in the district whilst sparsely populated with only 1500 residents. The parish is made up of the villages of Frant, Bells Yew Green and part of Eridge - each with its own distinct community. There is a primary school, church and shop/Post Office in Frant. Notable areas are the Eridge Estate and Bayham Abbey.

Websites: www.frant.info/


Description: Hartfield lies on the northern edge of the Ashdown Forest , and is probably named due to the number of deer(hart) that abounded in the area, when the Ashdown Forest was a royal deer hunting park. Hartfield has quite a few local services for a small village. The nearest main shopping centre is at East Grinstead, about 6 miles to the north west.

Websites: www.hartfieldonline.com/


Description: Over 100 years ago a visitor described Goudhurst in words that are as true today as they were at that time. "The whole neighbourhood is singularly beautiful with the sylvan pastoral beauty that is England's great characteristic. Goudhurst has a number of village shops including Burgess Stores which stocks a wide variety of local products and hosts the Post Office.

Websites: www.goudhurst.co.uk | www.villagenet.co.uk

Description: Hastings is a large seaside town with a large shopping area and a main rail link to London.

Websites: www.visithastings.com/home/default.asp | www.1066online.com

Description: Guestling lies 3 miles north east of Hastings on the A259. Gestlinges is one of the three villages mentioned in the Domesday book as being part of the rape of Gestlinges, also including Luet (Modern Pett) and Ramslie (a large manor including Fairlight) The village has no proper centre, and it's ancient church stands beside a farm down a side road.

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

Hawkhurst-copyDescription: Town description to come

Websites: hawkhurst.org.uk |

Description: Hadlow Down is a very small village lying on a ridge between Cross in Hand and Buxted on the main A272 road from Heathfield to Uckfield. Hadlow Down has a few local services, but the major shopping centre of Uckfield only lies a few miles to the west, and Heathfield about the same distance to the east.

Websites: www.hadlowdown.com

Description: The Parish of Heathfield and Waldron covers an area of approximately 125 square miles, and includes the town of Heathfield, the village of Waldron, Cross-in-Hand, Broad Oak, Old Heathfield and part of Punnetts Town. Heathfield is a small market town with a big view: standing on a ridge, it is surrounded by beautiful, rolling Sussex countryside and has magnificent vistas to the south from the High Street. Heathfield is a busy, bustling market town with a good range of general and specialist shops, schools and other services.

Websites: www.hwpc.org.uk/