The Weald stretches across a large area between the North and South Downs and includes parts of both Kent and Sussex. The central part, the High Weald, is epitomized by gentle hills, sunken country lanes and somnolent villages as well as some of England’s most beautiful gardens – Sissinghurst being the best known – and ancient heathland at Ashdown Forest. The Weald also offers a wealth of highly picturesque historical sites, foremost among them Leeds Castle and Hever Castle, as well as stately homes at Penshurst and Knole, a well-preserved Roman villa at Lullingstone and the fascinating home of wartime leader Winston Churchill at Chartwell. The pleasant spa town of Tunbridge Wells, set in the heart of the beautiful High Weald countryside, makes an excellent base.

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