If you love exploring the countryside there’s a treat in store for you this month (September).

The first ever High Weald Walking Festival takes place from 15 to 23 September 2018. And it promises to showcase the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty like never before. Guides will lead walks suitable for all abilities with themed routes covering history, art, literature, wildlife and geology.

There will be more than 30 walks through the week across the whole of the High Weald. In East Sussex the northern and eastern parts of the county fall within the AONB. Visit www.highwealdwalks.org for more detailed information on the walks that are taking place.

Covering parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey, the High Weald was designated in 1983. It is one of 46  Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) across the UK. The High Weald Walking Festival is a collaboration between a number of local branches of The Ramblers and the High Weald AONB Partnership.

With breath-taking views, history and network of footpaths and ancient byways, the High Weald is a walker’s paradise. It has a medieval landscape of rolling hills with sandstone outcrops, dense woodland, irregular-shaped fields, scattered farmsteads and ancient routeways. Whether you’re an avid rambler, nature spotter or archaeology buff or just want to get out in the fresh air the festival promises something for everyone.