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: Playden village lies about a mile to the north of Rye. A visitor could be forgiven for passing by unaware of its existence, as the village has no centre. There are no shops and the houses are scattered over the rural parish.

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

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Description: Town description to come

Websites: www.salehurst-pc.org.uk/about.htm | www.villagenet.co.uk/

Description: Salehurst is an old Saxon settlement mentioned in the Domesday book(1086 AD), as having been destroyed by the Normans just before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 (Battle). Salehurst has limited services, but nearby Robertsbridge about 1 1/2 miles has a wide variety, including trains and buses

Websites: www.villagenet.co.uk/esussex-iron/villages/salehurst.php | www.salehurst-pc.org.uk/about.htm


Description: The village of Rolvenden dates from at least Saxon times. The Parish of Rolvenden comprises the ward of Rolvenden (known locally as "The Streyte"), and its smaller, younger sibling Rolvenden Layne. It is about ten square miles in area, given largely to farming and related rural activities, with a growing number of professional, craft, trade and tourist services. There is a thriving Farmers Market in the village each Thursday morning.

Websites: www.ashford.gov.uk


Description: The name Sandhurst means simply a place which is mostly wooded in sandy ground. It occupies a low ridge, surrounded possibly as late as the Norman conquest with sea-water estuaries, at least at high tide. The ridge ends at Newenden, where floods have shown what the land and sea may have looked like in the past. Sandhurst has limited services. The nearest shopping is in Hawkhurst about 4 miles to the west.

Websites: www.sandhurstpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/ | www.villagenet.co.uk/esussex-iron/villages/sandhurst.php


Description: Rotherfield is situated in beautiful English countryside amongst the rolling hills of East Sussex. It's a peaceful part of the world. Antique shops, local village stores, Sussex pubs and a historic church, surrounded by farmland where sheep and cattle graze peacefully in the fields - Rotherfield is off the beaten track yet easily accessible to visitors from near and far.



Description: Sedlescombe's village green with its distinctive Pumphouse is at the heart of the village. Around it are houses dating to the 15th century, a hotel, public house, post office/shop and Bistro. The open floodplain of the River Brede is a contrasting landscape to the old parkland, grazing fields, hedges and woods on the valley sides.



Description: Perched on a hill, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh, the ancient Cinque Port town of Rye has much to offer: cobbled streets, an imposing Norman Church, the Ypres Castle and Tudor and Georgian buildings. There is a thriving antiques quarter and every Wednesday a Farmers' Market.

Websites: www.rye-tourism.co.uk | www.ryeheritage.co.uk

Description: Slaugham, is a small village around an attractive green. The Norman Church has a 13th century tower with a Victorian clock set in its north side. A rare and pleasant feature of Slaugham is the absence of overhead wires in the village. Many years ago Colonel Warren paid to have them buried underground. The village also boasts a white-painted telephone kiosk!

Websites: www.midsussex.gov.uk/page.cfm?pageID=2149 | www.slaughampc.org.uk/