The High Weald Walking Festival Returns 9th-17th September 2023 – Brightling, East Sussex – village website

Get your boots on: the sixth annual High Weald Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 September 2023.

The Festival team is working hard putting the finishing touches to this year’s programme, and details of all the walks will go live on Saturday 19 August – just visit to plan your week.

There’s something for everyone, with more than 40 fantastic FREE guided walks exploring every corner of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This year we’re delighted to be working with some wonderful partners including: 

  • Sussex Wildlife Trust – Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
  • RSPB – Broadwater Warren
  • Bedgebury Pinetum
  • Worth Abbey
  • Kent High Weald Partnership
  • Hop Pickers’ Line Heritage Group
  • British Pilgrimage Trust
  • Wealden District Council
  • Buchan Country Park

…Plus several local Ramblers groups and the High Weald AONB team, who co-host the Festival.

Most of the walks will run on a ‘turn up on the day’ basis, but some will require booking via the website.

What if I can’t make any of the dates?
Don’t worry! We also offer a range of self-guided, downloadable walks which are free to download from the Festival website during the month of September. Whether you prefer to walk solo or have other commitments during the Festival week, we’ve got you covered.

See you next month!

About the High Weald Walking Festival

High Weald Walking Festival offers FREE guided and self-guided walks for all, every September. Whether you’re a newbie, looking to graduate from health walks or a seasoned hiker, there’s a walk for you!

​Now in its 6th year, the event is a collaboration between several local branches of the Ramblers and the High Weald AONB Partnership.

The Festival aims to help walkers of all abilities explore and learn about the historic and beautiful High Weald landscape. Participants are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides from a range of organisations with a passion for the countryside.

Learn more at