Welcome to High Weald Walkers !

And welcome to our site. We are a group of friendly dedicated walkers, and we hope you find something of interest in our pages.

High Weald Walkers came into being in 1989 as a local branch of the Ramblers’ Association, a nationwide organisation and registered charity which promotes the health and education benefits of walking in the countryside. There are 10 local groups in the Sussex area and High Weald Walkers, who have a membership of around 250, meet in Crowborough on up to three days a week throughout the year, travelling by car or public transport in groups to the walk area.

We hope you enjoy visiting our site. If you wish to make contact with us for more information, including joining us for a walk, we will be delighted to hear from you.

Welcome to High Weald Walkers and welcome to our site. We are a group of friendly dedicated walkers, and we hope you find something of interest in our pages.

High Weald Walkers came into being in 1989 as a local branch of the Ramblers’ Association, a nationwide organisation and registered charity which promotes the health and education benefits of walking in the countryside. There are 10 local groups in the Sussex area and High Weald Walkers, who have a membership of around 250, meet in Crowborough on up to three days a week throughout the year, travelling by car or public transport in groups to the walk area.

We hope you enjoy visiting our site. If you wish to make contact with us for more information, including joining us for a walk, we will be delighted to hear from you.

Useful Information for Walkers

Please contact walk leaders for specific data. Walks will not take place if, in the leader’s opinion, climatic conditions are not suitable. If a walk leader decides to cancel a walk he or she should try to give as much notice as possible: get a message onto the website, contact walkers by email or telephone. The walk leader should make sure that there is someone at the official start point (ie. Pine Grove Car Park) to meet walkers who may be unaware of the cancellation.

All walkers are strongly advised to check the website and/or call the leader where there is any doubt about the walk going ahead.

Dog owners must contact the walk leader as to the suitability of the walk for dogs, and permission.

Please make sure you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you are unsure of your fitness level try a short and easy walk first. It is much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Most (HWW) Ramblers’ walks are off road in rural areas. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join. Bring some food and drink, even if the walk includes a pub or café break. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who, in their opinion, are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt contact the organisers or the walk leader in advance.

For your own and others’ safety, please read and abide by any advice and guidelines issued by the organisers and the instructions of the walk leader. Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents to occur.

General Walk Information

We organise walks of differing lengths during the week, all year round:

Sundays

  • An afternoon walk of about 5 miles.

Tuesdays

  • A morning walk of about 5 miles.
  • An Intermediate walk of between 7 and 9 miles.
  • A Long walk – up to 12 miles.
  • Monthly, a longer walk as part of a long distance path.

Almost all our walks are circular, except for the very long ones, with either a pub lunch or a picnic lunch, (or the option of either), on certain walks as indicated in the list. There is, of course, no objection to bringing a packed lunch where only a pub lunch is indicated, but you will not usually be able to eat it at the pub.

To help combat global pollution, and to avoid car-parking problems at the start of the walks, we try to take as few cars as possible, and give lifts in order to fill those cars that do go.

The High Weald Area Map

 

We expect regular walkers to be members of the Ramblers’ Association, but we welcome anyone wishing to see if our walks are for them.

  • Walks will not take place if, in the Leader’s opinion, climatic conditions are not suitable.
  • Well-behaved dogs allowed ONLY by prior consent of the walk leader.
  • It has been suggested by the Rambler’s Association that all walkers should carry their own First Aid Kit.
  • High Weald Walkers and its representatives will not be held liable for any loss, injury, accident, damage, delay or inconvenience to any person or their property during club functions. Every person participating in any club function shall be regarded in every respect as carrying his or her own risks in respect of injury and/or damage to persons or their property.

Equipment Advice

Walking is fun but the wrong equipment can not only destroy the enjoyment but can cause serious problems.

 

What is the right equipment is often a matter of personal preference but there are certain guidelines which should be followed for you to stay happy and healthy.

 

For advice on buying the correct gear, we would suggest visiting the Rambler’s Association website where they also offer useful advice for taking care of any equipment you may own.. If you want to know which brands to buy, the best way is to ask other walkers what they use and how they like them.