How do I book?
We are operating a simple booking system this year to help us manage numbers and keep everyone safe. Our Walks Leaders have specified the number of walkers they can accommodate based on their knowledge of the walk.
It's very easy:
From 9 August (when bookings go live), visit the Walking Programme page of this website and browse the list of guided walks.
Click on each listing to expand it and view more details.
If you're interested, click on the 'More info & book' button for the walk you're interested in; this will take you through to the Eventbrite booking page for the walk, where you'll be able to reserve your space. We’ll need your name and an email contact.
Once you've booked your place, you'll receive a confirmation email and e-ticket with joining instructions and the meet-up point.
On the day, you can either show the ticket on your phone or print it out and bring along a paper copy if you prefer.
If you have a question about a particular walking route or are planning to attend in a group of more than 8 people, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note. Walkers can cancel their bookings online through the Eventbrite website. Cancelling your booking can be found in your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage’ your order online underneath your order summary. We appreciate you doing this in good time, if you can, to make the tickets available for others.
Stay safe, have fun, enjoy our landscape!
The risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) being passed on to others outdoors is considered to be low as long as people maintain social distancing. Thank you in advance for being respectful, sensible and considerate, and for helping us keep this beautiful landscape safe for all to enjoy.
Please follow the Countryside Code:
Respect other people
Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear
Leave gates and property as you find them
Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow
Protect the natural environment
Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
Don’t have BBQs or fires
Keep dogs under effective control
Dog poo - bag it and bin it
Enjoy the outdoors
Plan ahead, check what facilities are open, be prepared
Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures
Wildlife, including nesting birds, may have moved into new areas. Land managers may have provided extra protection for wildlife. Be vigilant and comply with these protective measures so that you do not disrupt the local wildlife.
What if I get lost?
If you have a smartphone, we recommend you download the free app what3words before setting off on a walk.
It doesn't need internet access to work and instead uses your phone's gps signal to find your location should you require assistance.
Around 80% of the UK's emergency services are currently using this app to help locate people in need of help.
How do I know if a walk is suitable for me or for children?
Check out the Walking Programme page of the website; all walks are clearly graded in terms of length, timing, difficulty and accessibility to help you make a decision.
Children are very welcome on certain walks and must be accompanied by an adult - the Walking Programme clearly shows which are suitable for children.
If you have specific queries about any particular route, please email email@example.com or tweet us @highweald.
How much does it cost?
This year our High Weald Walking Festival walks are all offered free of charge, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, funding from Ramblers Association local groups and support from the High Weald AONB Partnership.
If you enjoy your walk and feel it enriches your knowledge of the High Weald landscape, a voluntary donation towards the running costs of the Festival and continuing it would be gratefully received - please see How to make a donation.
What do I need to bring?
Make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the grade and length of walk, including waterproofs. Brambles can grow by 30 cm in a day, so consider wearing lightweight trousers or jeans rather than shorts, depending on your route!
High Weald clay soil is notoriously heavy, particularly after rain – stout walking boots are recommended unless you're exploring a country park.
Refreshments may not be available on your walk so come prepared a bottle of water and/or snacks if required. You may wish to support the local economy by using a nearby cafe, pub or shop before or after your walk.
How can I be tick aware?
Can I bring my dog?
The High Weald Walking Festival promotes responsible enjoyment of the countryside for all. Your four-legged friends will be most welcome on selected routes but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Some walks won't be suitable for dogs as they may pass through sites with ground nesting birds or livestock.
Please visit the Walking Programme page to see which walks are suitable for dogs.
PLEASE NOTE: If you bring your dog to a walk which is not clearly marked as 'Dogs on leads welcome', you will not be able to participate with your dog - sorry.
Are there maps of the Festival walks?
We appreciate not everyone can attend the walks they'd like to, or that people might like to revisit their Festival walk with the help of a map.
Much as we'd love to, we don't have the resources to produce maps of all our walks. However, this year we are also offering a selection of downloadable, self-guided walks so you can explore the High Weald at your own pace. These will be release at the beginning of September, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.
You can also find lots of local self-guided walk routes on the High Weald AONB website, or check out one of the many walking guidebooks for the area.
Day Walks on the High Weald was published in 2018 by local author Deirdre Huston who has led creative writing walks for us in previous years.
The Kent Ramblers also have a number of excellent walking guides - check out their website.
Ticks are small spider-like creatures, common in woodland. They can carry bacteria that cause diseases such as Lyme disease. To make sure you're 'tick aware’, see Public Health England's guidance.
When do I need to arrive?
Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the walk is due to begin as walks will be leaving on time.
Some walks start in rural places where parking is limited.
Please arrive in time to park considerately for the benefit of local residents.
What if the weather's bad?!
We anticipate that walks will only be cancelled in the event of extreme adverse weather conditions. We're a tough lot here in the High Weald!
We will email you with as much notice as possible if a walk is cancelled.