Wealden District Council
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Situated in the heart of East Sussex, with over 800 square kilometres of countryside to explore, this captivating and diverse landscape of untold hidden gems is just waiting to be found!

Set yourself free amongst breathtaking and varied landscapes, ancient woodland and stunning heathland. Protected by South Downs National Park and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s easy to get lost in Wealden’s dark starry skies.

Rolling downland and idyllic countryside offer endless walking and cycling routes for the outdoorsy among us. Interspersed within are opportunities for you to experience local produce and savour the wine of Sussex vineyards. At the end of the day, relax in the unique accommodation of your choosing.

Explore Wealden and discover our hidden gems here 

Explore Wealden Attractions Guide

The new updated attractions guide showcases over 80 attractions within the district offering many ‘hidden gems’ for visitors to explore, look out for the discounts on many of the attractions within guide.

Don’t forget to enter the competition to win membership to English Heritage and an annual pass to Knockhatch Adventure Park.

The latest Explore Wealden Attractions Guide is available in a handy sized fold up leaflet, ideal for pockets and handbags. View or download the latest guide on the Explore Wealden website, alternatively you can request a copy by contacting Tourism@wealden.gov.uk

Events throughout the year

Please check the website Explore Wealden to find out what’s on throughout Wealden.

Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of tranquil open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It is situated some 30 miles (48 km) south of London and lies between Crowborough, Forest Row and Maresfield on the more northerly of the two major sandstone ridges in the High Weald AONB.  Rising to an altitude of 732 feet (223 metres) above sea level, its heights provide expansive vistas across the heavily wooded hills of the Weald to the chalk escarpments of the North Downs and South Downs on the horizon.

Sussex Heritage Coast 

The Sussex Heritage Coast stretches from Eastbourne along the iconic cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, past Cuckmere Haven and on to Splash Point at Seaford.

This was the first Heritage Coast established as part of a plan to protect and conserve the best stretches of undeveloped coast in England.  More than one million people visit the Sussex Heritage Coast every year.

The Sussex Heritage Coast group includes Eastbourne Borough Council and the National Trust, who own much of the area, the South Downs National Park Authority, East Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, Sussex IFCA, Lewes District Council, Natural England, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Wealden District Council.

The Heritage Coast group have published a joint strategy and action plan setting out how the area will be managed for wildlife, landscape, tourism, recreation, heritage and the local community from 2016-20, which can be viewed on their website.

A new plan is now being produced which will have a duration of 10 years with more emphasis on Health & Wellbeing and Heritage Management.