Note: Path Closure on Wealdway
The Wealdway is currently
blocked where it goes under the A21 just south west of
Tonbridge as the tunnel is in danger of collapse.
The latest news is that, after a
number of false promises, Highways England are planning to
close the A21 and
replace the tunnel over a ten day period beginning 14
February 2020. There are more details
These are available from our
The whole route is covered by OS Explorer maps 163, 148,
136, 147, 135 and 123.
Change of route near Camp Hill
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 82 miles from Eastbourne and Beachy Head on the
south coast to Gravesend in the north, crossing the
South Downs, the High Weald (including Ashdown Forest),
the Greensand Ridge 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.