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Camp Hill, Ashdown Forest

Avery's Wood

Luddesdown

The Wealdway

The Wealdway is a long-distance path pioneered by Kent and Sussex Ramblers in cooperation with Kent and East Sussex County Councils.  It is an exceptionally fine walk running from Eastbourne and Beachy Head on the south coast to Gravesend in the north, crossing the South Downs, the High Weald, Ashdown Forest and the North Downs on the way.

This is quintessentially English countryside with rolling downs, archetypal village greens on which cricket has been played for centuries, deep wooded valleys and traditional pubs.  History abounds with numerous furnace and hammer ponds reminding us of the iron industry that characterised the Weald in the times of the Tudors and Stuarts and many fine old houses constructed of materials that vary along the route with the underlying geology.  Despite its proximity to many towns and with London not far away, much of the route has a surprisingly remote feel to it.

 

 

 

 

Wealdway Accommodation Guide

Thanks to Charles Wilmot Smith for producing this and to Geoffrey Roper for updates.  Always book beforehand as places to stay change frequently and are often fully booked.

Wealdway Badges

These are available from our walking guides page.

Maps

The whole route is covered by OS Explorer maps 163, 148, 136, 147, 135 and 123.

Other Information

Change of route near Camp Hill

New information board at Tonbridge Castle

Re-launching the Wealdway - an article from the Autumn 1999 issue of Kent Area News

Geoff King, one of the leading lights behind the Wealdway, took the photographs and produced the line drawings for the Along and Around the Wealdway (currently out of print).  You can see some of his more humorous drawings here.

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