Welcome to Wealden, which is situated in the county of East Sussex. With over 800 square kilometres of countryside, including coast and market towns waiting to be discovered, this is the ideal area for a unique holiday and short break destination. Why not take a virtual trip around Wealden and see what is on offer? You will be amazed by the beauty of the area and the variety of places to visit.

If you are looking for ideas for a day out, there are lots of attractions to visit and many different events throughout the year to keep you and your family entertained. For further information also visit our Wealden Do Sussex website.

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.

Forest Explorer

Why not leave your car at home and visit Ashdown Forest on the Forest Explorer Service?  The Forest Explorer is a co-ordinated bus network set up by the Wealden Bus Alliance which connects visitors from local mainline railway stations to the heart of the Ashdown Forest. An Explorer bus ticket is flexible and allows you to take the bus from the mainline station to the Ashdown Forest or you can change buses if you want to go walking.  There are various stops en route at cafes, pubs and attractions, some with special offers available, all making for an enjoyable day out.  Also visit the Ashdown Forest Tourism Association for more information.

Business Support

Wealden District Council offers a range of services for locally-based tourism businesses, including advice & help to businesses who are starting up, employment issues and finance & grants.

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.