High Weald Guidebooks and Maps
Below, RambleFest displays High Weald guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
The term ‘Weald’ is given to the area between the North and South Downs which are the outer chalk rims of the ancient Wealden anticline. The sandstones and clays of the exposed centre of the dome, the ‘High Weald’ gives rise to a hilly, broken and remote country of ridges and valleys. Open areas of the AONB include Ashdown Forest and, to the east, the river valleys of the Rother, Brede and Tillingham. This High Weald AONB meets the coast at Hastings.
A close patchwork of small fields, hedges and woodland patterns the rolling landscape which is characterised by its distinctive brick, tile and white weatherboard houses and oasthouses.
Fine ancient broadleaved woodland is abundant, and The Weald retains one of the highest levels of woodland cover in the country at over 23 per cent.
The High Weald Landscape Trail passes through this AONB, as does the Wealdway.
High Weald Guidebooks
We display rambling books first, then various books of interest for those visiting the area. We welcome suggestions for inclusion.
“Day Walks on the High Weald features 20 circular routes between 6.5 and 13.9 miles (10.5km and 22.4km) in length, spread across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the south-east of England. Local author Deirdre Huston has compiled her favourite walks in the region, which showcase the High Weald’s rich history and varied landscape. Walk down old coach roads. Clamber through deserted woodland and along riverbanks. March past castles and skirt battlefields. Linger in meadows and leap across Wealden streams. See the countryside that inspired A.A. Milne and Rudyard Kipling. Visit Hastings Country Park, stroll around Bewl Water and through tranquil St Leonard’s Forest. Marvel at the Ouse Valley Viaduct and Bodiam castle, and consider the epic history of Battle and its surrounding landscape. Together with stunning photography, each route features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance and navigation information, and refreshment stops and local information.”
– Day Walks on the High Weald: 20 circular routes in Sussex & Kent
“The Sussex Weald spans the northern half of the county of Sussex, a region once rich in ancient woodland and coppice interrupted by areas of open heathland and small fields. Divided geologically into the hilly High Weald, with its series of parallel ridges separated by often narrow and steep-sided valleys, and the comparatively flat Low Weald stretching almost to the South Downs, the Sussex Weald has been described as one of the most distinctive and beautiful small-scale landscapes in Britain. Despite the appearance of a countryside in places seemingly still dominated by unbroken woodland, the Sussex Weald has had a remarkably industrial past with its timber being continuously sought from Tudor times and its emergence from the early sixteenth century as the leading cast-iron producing area in the country until more efficient means were found elsewhere. Now as a highly desirable location to live with easy access to both London and the coast, the Sussex Weald still exhibits an incredibly diverse environment where its rich history of ancient towns and villages, secluded manor houses, archaeological remains, world famous gardens, remaining woodlands and often glorious views form one of the great secrets of Southern England.
Featuring over 200 superlative images and text reflecting this extraordinary diversity, renowned photographer Iain McGowan’s latest collection captures the essence of the Sussex Weald and its historic woodland legacy.”
– Portrait of the Sussex Weald, by Iain McGowan
High Weald Maps
The Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ map is available in standard quality (shown) as well as the all-weather type.