Do I need to book?
To keep things simple, we don't have a booking system for most of the walks. Unless the walk is listed in the Walking Programme as one with limited places and essential advance booking - just turn up in good time on the day!
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
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.
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 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. You can find lots of local self-guided walk routes on the High Weald AONB website. There are also many walking guidebooks, Day Walks on the High Weald is one recently published by the local author who has led creative writing walks for us.
How much does it cost?
Most of our High Weald Walking Festival walks are offered free of charge, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, funding from Ramblers Association local groups, sponsorship from Ramblers Worldwide Holidays and support from the High Weald AONB Partnership.
Some of our partners may charge a small fee to cover costs, or ask for a small donation - these are clearly noted in the Walking Programme.
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. High Weald clay soil is notoriously heavy, particularly after rain – stout walking boots are recommended.
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?
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. As there is no booking system for most of the walks, the walk leaders will not know to wait for you! 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. Check for the latest updates during the Festival by following High Weald AONB Facebook and Twitter channels.