Guest post

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the High Weald’s designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1983. Join walkers from across Sussex, Kent, Surrey – and further afield! – as we come together to celebrate this historic and precious landscape.

What’s on?

The packed programme for the High Weald Walking Festival 2023 is now live, with more than 40 FREE guided walks to choose from showcasing the best of this beautiful landscape.

The Festival runs from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 September. You can choose from a mix of ‘turn up on the day’ walks and bookable walks ranging from 1.5 to 13 miles in length.

Step back in time and journey through ancient woodlands, winding lanes, country parks and great estates. From stargazing to nature spotting to local history, there’s something for all ages and abilities.

Walks will be led by knowledgeable guides from organisations such as Sussex Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Forestry England, Kent High Weald Partnership, the Worth Estate and the British Pilgrimage Trust – plus co-hosts the Ramblers and the High Weald AONB Team.

View the High Weald Walking Festival 2023 festival programme and plan your adventure.

What if I can’t make it?

For those who can’t make the dates or prefer to walk solo, there will be 40 downloadable, self-guided walks available on the festival website for the month of September.

Now in its 6th year, the Festival is a collaboration between the High Weald AONB Partnership and four local Ramblers groups; High Weald Walkers, Rother Ramblers, Battle Ramblers and Mid Sussex Ramblers. Learn more at High Weald Walks.

Are you planning to attend? Let us know in the comments!