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: Town description to come



Description: Ticehurst lies between Hawkhurst and Wadhurst on the B2100. The name Ticehurst comes from the Anglo Saxon Tice meaning kids (goats), and hurst a thick wood. Ticehurst has a small centre with a number of local shops, a frequent bus service does run through the village from Hawkhurst to Tunbridge Wells.

Websites: www.ticehurst.info | www.flimwell.info | www.stonegatevillage.info


Description: Speldhurst is a small village in Kent, England, with a population of about 1500, approximately 50km south east of London, and 5km from Tunbridge Wells, a historic spa town with many shops and restaurants.

Websites: www.speldhurst.org/

Description: Tonbridge is an historic town, well-known for its culture and heritage including the Castle and Church, River Medway, and a Public School. Attractive buildings can be found dotted throughout the town as well as fine 18th century weather boarded and tiled houses. Tonbridge has been a market town since the Earl of Gloucester was granted the right to hold a weekly market in 1259.

Websites: www.tonbridge-kent.com


Description: Staplefield, is a most attractive village three miles north-west of Cuckfield. The name includes an ending common in Sussex which indicates a 'clearing in dense forest'. Former local industry is recalled by the Jolly Tanners Inn. Tanning was carried out in Tanyard Lane, and the pits for soaking the hides were at the Grange.

Websites: www.midsussex.gov.uk/page.cfm?pageID=2150

Description: Tunbridge Wells lies at the heart of one of the most scenic stretches of countryside in England surrounded by the unspoilt beauty of the Weald. In Georgian times this popular spa town gained a reputation as the place to see and be seen amongst royalty and fashionable members of the aristocracy. There is a good variety of shops and shopping centres including the famous Pantiles.

Websites: www.visittunbridgewells.com/

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Description: The attractive village of Turners Hill stands on a steep ridge line at one of the highest points, (600 feet above sea level), of the Sussex Weald where two historically important routes, the B2110 and B2028, cross. There are impressive views from the centre of the village to both the North and South Downs, and the steep hill will test both stamina and leg muscles!


Description: Tenterden lies on the border of the dense woodlands of the Weald, and the flatter farmlands of the Rother Levels, that run down to the Romney Marshes. In earlier times it was known as 'Tenet-ware-den', meaning, 'pig-pasture of the men of Thanet'. However it was sheep that made the area prosperous. Tenterden is the main town in the area, and provides much of what is required.

Websites: www.tenterdentown.co.ukwww.mytenterden.co.uk

Description: This village lying about 4 miles to the west of Rye on the B2089 has no real centre, and runs along a ridge for about 2 miles. Udimore is a small village with only a few local services. The main local shopping centre is in Rye with its many shops or Peasmarsh with its supermarket.

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