Settlement in Heathfield parish had developed in a scattered pattern as families cleared their own holdings from the Wealden Forest with or without the landowner’s permission. This walk looks at the modern site of some of these farmsteads and captures the moment when a central village began to form around the new church.
Distance: 5 miles.
Parking: On street parking to north of church in School Hill.
Start and finish: Old Heathfield Church, School Hill, Old Heathfield, TN21 9AH. TQ598203.
Max number of walkers: 35.
Cost per person: Free
Walk grading: moderate.