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: There is a legend that William the Conqueror flew his standard at Standard Hill on the current A269, before the Battle of Hastings on Senlac Field in Battle. The village is mentioned in the Domesday book as having been badly damaged by the Conquerors forces in 1066. Ninfield has a few local shops, and the bus service comes down from Battle to Sidley on the outskirts of Bexhill.

Websites: ninfield.townsandvillages.co.uk/

Description: Nestling in the delightful countryside just 3 miles to the north west of Rye, Peasmarsh maintains a busy local community. with a large independently-owned superstore. The church of St. Peter and St. Paul lies about a mile from the village centre, showing that the population was struck down in the 14th Century with bubonic plague and the surviving inhabitants re-settled nearby.

Websites: peasmarsh.east-sussex.co.uk/

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PemburyDescription: Pembury is a split village about 2 miles to the north of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The old village by the church is found towards Tonbridge and the new part of the village the Upper Green about 2 miles away towards Matfield. Pembury is just off the main A21, giving access to London and Hastings. There are a number of shops within Pembury, most items can be got in the village.

Websites: www.pembury.org.uk/

Description: Northiam has everything expected of a village rich in history - old cottages, fine houses, even a parish-pump on the green. There are various attractions such as the restored railway, boat ride on the river or Great Dixter house and gardens. Northiam has various village shops in the busy village centre.

Websites: northiam.east-sussex.co.uk/

penhurstvillagesignDescription: Penhurst lies off all the main roads in one of the most rural areas in East Sussex. It is accessible from the B2096 Heathfield to Battle and the B2204 Battle to Herstmonceux roads, but the roads to the village are barely wide enough for one car, so take great care if you do go to visit. The nearest services can be obtained from Battle about 3 miles to the East.

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/pevenseylevels/villages/penhurst.php

Description: Nuthurst village is one of several distinct hamlets within the parish of Nuthurst, which comprises Maplehurst, Mannings Heath, Copsale, Monks Gate and Sedgwick, all immediately south east of Horsham. The village has some attractive 16th century buildings, including the timber framed Black Horse Inn and St Andrew`s church which is itself more than 900 years old.


Description: Penshurst in Kent: Spanning the river Medway and set in glorious countryside, historic Penshurst boasts an outstanding ancestral home which has stood alongside the church for over six hundred years. There is a gift shop in Penshurst village and plenty of farm shops in the area.

Websites: www.penshurst-online.co.uk/


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Description: Pett Level is a small, peaceful seaside village, and is situated on the coast between Rye and Hastings. It lies alongside the western end of a sea defence wall, built in the 1940's, along which one can walk, giving wonderful views of the sea, beach and cliffs.

Websites: pett-level.east-sussex.co.uk/