Holidays in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Stretching across parts of the Kent, Sussex and Surrey countryside, the High Weald is a green and lovely area of outstanding natural beauty popular for cottage breaks in the South East of England.
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What the High Weald AONB Offers for Cottage Breaks
Reaching from Horsham in the West over and across through Royal Tunbridge Wells and just north of Uckfield down to Hastings by the Kent coast, the High Weald AONB covers almost 1500 square kilometres of fields, wooded valleys, farmlands and hills. Dotted throughout the AONB are pretty villages, towns and farms.
The High Weald AONB is a popular place to visit for walking, cycling, hiking and wildlife watching. There are also historical attractions to discover and places of interest to visit, as well as pleasing villages and towns to discover.
Pretty Towns and Villages to Visit within the High Weald AONB
• Cranbrook – tranquil small town with a number of white washed historic buildings, a windmill and a few cafes.
• Horsham – attractive market town in West Sussex with a good choice of shops, cafes and eateries.
• Royal Tunbridge Wells – lovely Kent spa town with elegant buildings, a great selection of shops and a good choice of eateries and bars. On the outskirts of town are the High Rocks, a fascinating area of sandstone rock formations.
• Tenterden - pretty historic town with weather-boarded buildings set close to a landscape associated with a tradition of growing grapes, hops and apples.
Historical Attractions within the High Weald AONB
• Chiddingstone Castle – impressive sprawling historical tower house dating back to the 19th century, set in extensive gardens close to Edenbridge.
• Hever Castle – imposing historical castle dating back to the 1200s, where Anne Boleyn grew up, set in generous gardens. Also home to a lake, a maze and a children’s adventure playground.
• Scotney Castle – a smaller scale National Trust tower house dating back to the 14th century, set by a moat.
Tourist Attractions within the High Weald AONB
• Ashdown Forest Centre – for woodland walks and the chance to spot deer and other wildlife, head to Kent’s Ashdown Forest.
• Bewl Water Reservoir where you can enjoy walks or cycling by the lake, and where fishing, and boating is also on offer.
• The High Rocks – set on the edge of Tunbridge Wells, these sandstone rocks although not extensive, are impressive and worth a visit.
• The Llama Park in Ashdown Forest, visit to see llamas, alpacas and either reindeer here in the UK.
Wherever you choose to holiday in the High Weald AONB and whatever type of accommodation you opt to rent, we hope you've found our hints and tips on places to visit and things to see helpful.