High Weald

We welcomed hundreds of walkers on 50 guided walks during September's High Weald Walking Festival.

The 2019 Festival was a great success and a wonderful showcase for the High Weald's fantastic variety of habitats and terrains. Thank you to everyone who supported the week-long event.

Walkers particularly appreciated exploring the historic Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its stunning scenery, our informative walks leaders, discovering new places to walk and being in the company of others. We enjoyed fabulous weather for most of the week too!

Walking Festival 2019 in pictures collage

Walkers said...

“We all thoroughly enjoyed it; the guides were very knowledgeable and took time to explain wildlife to my grandsons, aged 8 and 4. They live in the city so this was a real treat for them and made even better by the attentiveness of the guides”
- Anon

“I loved meeting other walkers as I like walking but don’t like going on my own…I felt on a high when I got home!”
- Jenny, Tenterden

“A lovely informal guided walk in a beautiful woodland – thank you”
- Jill, Winchelsea

Special thanks go to...

The Festival was organised in collaboration with local Ramblers groups. Many thanks to the volunteer walk leaders from Battle Ramblers, Rother Ramblers, High Weald Walkers and Mid-Sussex Ramblers.

A big thank you also to our walk leaders this year from Ashdown Forest Centre, Bedgebury Pinetum, Buchan Country Park, Crowborough Country Park, the High Weald AONB team, the Hop Pickers Line Heritage Group, Kent High Weald Partnership, RSPB, Sussex Wildlife Trust (Rye Harbour), Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, and the Woodland Trust, as well as local author, Deirdre Huston and Graham Kean of Wealden District Council.

More information:

  • For updates on the Walking Festival in future, you can sign up to the mailing list.
  • For those that couldn't make the Festival walks, or who are inspired to explore more of the High Weald on a self-guided walk, see walking in the High Weald.
  • High Weald Walking Festival website: www.highwealdwalks.org
  • If you'd like to offer a walk for the 2020 Festival, would like to donate towards Festival running costs, or can help with sponsorship, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..