This East Sussex market town is in a good location for exploring the woods and countryside of the High Weald. The impressive country views of the local area inspired painter Joseph Mallord William Turner to paint The Vale of Heathfield which now hangs in the Tate Gallery.
This circular walk from the town visits Old Heathfield, Heathfield Park and St Dunstan's Wood.
The walk starts in the town centre and heads south east along country lanes towards Heathfield Park. It's a private estate but you can follow a country lane along the western side of the park before turning east to visit Old Heathfield. The Grade II listed country house dates back to 1677.
From Old Heathfield you can follow footpaths south east to explore St Dunstan's Wood. Footpaths will take you through Fountain Wood and Becklington Wood before coming to Caller's Corner, where there are some small waterfalls. Here you turn north towards Cade Street before heading west to return to Old Heathfield.
The route then heads west through Sandy Cross where you pick up the popular Cuckoo Trail. This shared cycling and walking route will take you north back into the town centre.
Heathfield Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Heathfield Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Heathfield OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Heathfield Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The historic Star Inn in Old Heathfield is a good place for post walk refreshment. The inn was built in 1348 to serve the masons working on the adjacent All Saints church which dates from the 13th century. There's a particiularly splendid garden area here with mature herbaceous borders, a water feature and fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. You can find them on Church Street at a postcode of TN21 9AH for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Star Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head east of the forest and there's miles wof woodland trails around Dallington Forest and Brightling Down near Three Cups Corner.
To the north you can pick up the Crowborough Walk and explore the local common. Near here is the expansive Ashdown Forest where you can try the popular Pooh Walk and pay a visit to Pooh Sticks Bridge. The ancient Chelwood Vachery can also be visited in this area.
A few miles to the west you can pick up the Wealdway and the Vanguard Way near Framfield.
To the east you can visit the worthy village of Burwash. Our circular walk from the village visits on of the area's highlights at the National Trust's Bateman's. The fine 17th century Jacobean house was the home of author Rudyard Kipling during the early part of the 20th century. You can explore the house and the surrounding gardens with some great views of the surrounding High Weald countryside.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks page.