SELF GUIDED WALKS

Wealden District Council, with the help of each of the 42 parishes in the area and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has established the Wealden Walks. Using over 150 miles of the existing public rights of way network, some of which was previously underused, we have provided a means of viewing and understanding Wealden’s natural and historic landscapes. The walks have also been arranged to incorporate links with the public transport network, both bus and rail.

There are 20 Wealden Walks in total varying from 4 to 12 miles in length, with at least one passing through every parish.

The complete colour guide of the Wealden Walks is available at the Council Office Reception at Hailsham and it is free.  The guide contains information on the natural and historic landscapes within the district. Not forgetting the walks themselves which are contained on individual cards at the back.

Whilst the Council encourages people to take part in the walks featured on this website, it cannot accept any liability for any accident to any participant, given that walking can involve a variety of terrains and  you may encounter bad weather. You must ensure that you are medically  fit enough to complete the chosen walk, and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

When out and about enjoying the countryside with your dog, please remember, that there may be livestock present in fields and that you need to keep your dog on a lead. The number of dogs attacking sheep in particular, has risen dramatically over the last few years, so please make sure you put your dog on a lead whenever you are in the vicinity of livestock.

Walking Routes to Download

Et non plures

Walk 1: Starting at Exceat – “Et non plures” (pdf)

5 miles, 3 hours, grade 2.

 

Our earliest ancestors

Walk 2: Starting at Friston – “Our earliest ancestors” (pdf)

11.5 miles, 8 hours, grade 4.

 

Abbots and artists

Walk 3: Starting at Alfriston – “Abbots and artists” (pdf)

8.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

 

Water water everywhere

Walk 4: Starting at Berwick – “Water water everywhere” (pdf)

8 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

 

A fishy tale about cheese

Walk 5: Starting at Hellingly – “A fishy tale about cheese” (pdf)

7 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

 

Pelhams, parks and poachers

Walk 6: Starting at Laughton – “Pelhams, parks and poachers” (pdf)

9 miles, 6 hours, grade 3.

 

A tale of two towns

Walk 7: Starting at Polegate – “A tale of two towns” (pdf)

6 miles, 4 hours, grade 3.

 

All at sea

Walk 8: Starting at Westham – “All at sea” (pdf)

7 hours, grade 4, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

 

Inns, innings and the ghost port

Walk 9: Starting on A259 near Barnhorn – “Inns, innings and the ghost port” (pdf)

7 miles, 4 hours, grade 3.

 

A thousand years of progress

Walk 10: Starting at Ninfield – “A thousand years of progress” (pdf)

4 miles, 3 hours, grade 2.

Please note: Walk 10 is partially closed due to works by the National Grid on Ninfield Transfer Station. Please refer to East Sussex Road Closures (external link) for more information.

 

Two churches with no villages

Walk 11: Starting at Little Horsted – “Two churches with no villages” (pdf)

6 miles, 4 hours, grade 3.

 

A walk of mysteries

Walk 12: Starting at Uckfield – “A walk of mysteries” (pdf)

8 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

 

The canon and his cannons

Walk 13: Starting at Buxted – “The canon and his cannons” (pdf)

7 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

 

The buckhurst terrier

Walk 14: Starting at Hartfield – “The buckhurst terrier” (pdf)

8 miles, 5 miles, grade 3, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

 

Verily the most villainously ugly spot I ever saw in England

Walk 15: Starting at Chelwood Gate – “Verily the most villainously ugly spot I ever saw in England” (pdf)

9 miles, 5 hours, grade 4.

 

A vision of hell

Walk 16: Starting at Mayfield – “A vision of hell” (pdf)

5 hours, grade 3.

A grave state of affairs

Walk 17: Starting at Wadhurst – “A grave state of affairs” (pdf)

7 miles, 4 hours, grade 3, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

 

The two memorials

Walk 18: Starting at Old Heathfield – “The two memorials” (pdf)

7.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

 

Up hill and down ghyll

Walk 19: Starting on A26 south of Crowborough – “Up hill and down ghyll” (pdf)

8.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3, (Figure of 8 route, so can be shortened).

 

The lords and the yeoman

Walk 20: Starting at Eridge Green – “The lords and the yeoman” (pdf)

7.5 miles, 5 hours, grade 3.

 

Heritage Coastal Walks

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Heritage-Coast-Walks.pdf

 

Seven Sisters routes

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Seven-Sisters-Miles-Without-Stiles-Final.pdf

 

Seaford Head routes

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/0516-SDNPA-MWS-Seaford-v5-FINAL-VERSION.pdf

 

Charleston – walking map

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Charleston-Walking-route.pdf

 

Rottingdean –

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/KiplingsWalksLeaflet-final.pdf

 

Blackboys, Sussex Weald –

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Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Haven, South Downs –

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Herstomonceux to All Points Church via Windmill Hill.

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Just over 2 miles – Easy

 

All Saints and St Mary Magdalene figure of eight.

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Just over 3 miles – Easy

 

Herstmonceux – Herstmonceux Castle circuit.

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 5 1/2 miles – Easy

 

Herstmonceux – Brick Farm Lakes – Victoria Road – Flowers Green.

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 3 1/2 miles – Easy