Camp Hill, Ashdown Forest
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.
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.
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.
These are available from our walking
The whole route is covered by OS Explorer maps 163, 148,
136, 147, 135 and 123.
Change of route near Camp Hill
New information board at
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.