Join the Festival team for a fun-filled launch event on 10 September

 Exciting news! This year, the start of the High Weald Walking Festival with be marked with a special  launch event at the Ashdown Forest Centre in Wych Cross on Saturday 10 September.

Free guided walks will be leaving from the centre throughout the day from 10am – why not treat yourself to a coffee and cake from the Pop-up Café, peruse the Festival programme and then set off to explore the historic Ashdown Forest with a knowledgeable guide?

Visitors can learn about other Festival walks taking place throughout the week, and a selection of self-guided walking routes on the Ashdown Forest will be available to purchase for a small donation.

There will be family-friendly craft activities and free I-spy nature spotter booklets packed with information about the fascinating landscape and wildlife of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can also enjoy demonstrations of traditional countryside crafts from the Ashdown Wood Turners and East Grinstead Spinners.

The launch event will kickstart a week (and a bit!) of fantastic free guided walks taking in every corner of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, running until Sunday 18 September. The Walks Programme will be launched on Saturday 20 August, so be sure to join the Festival mailing list for the latest news and updates.

About the High Weald Walking Festival

High Weald Walking Festival offers FREE guided and self-guided walks for all, every September. Now in its 5th year, the event is a collaboration between the High Weald AONB Partnership and a number of local branches of The Ramblers. 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 www.highwealdwalks.org.