Burwash is a Wealden village of some 2,600 residents located mid-way between Tunbridge Wells to the north, and Hastings and Eastbourne to the south. It lies on the A265 about 5 miles west of the A21 at Hurst Green. The nearest railway station is Etchingham, 2 miles away, on the main line from London to Hastings and well served by trains from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells. Local bus connections are regretably not very reliable.
Lying in the heart of the beautiful, heavily wooded High Weald AONB, the village sits on a ridge overlooking the Rother and Dudwell valleys, and there are many fine views over the Sussex countryside. The High Street is a designated conservation area with many listed period houses, and the Grade II* listed 11th Century St. Bartholomew's church. There are many footpaths and bridleways in the area making the village something of a walkers’ paradise.
For a small village, Burwash is well served by an excellent general store and post office, florist and tea shop, traditional butcher, and two pubs both offering good food and accommodation.
Burwash has long been associated with the author Rudyard Kipling who lived at nearby Bateman’s for many years, and whose son John (“My Boy Jack”) is commemorated by a plaque in St. Bartholomew’s and on the nearby war memorial. A lifesize bronze seated sculpture of Kipling is located on the High Street and has become a favourite spot for a “selfie” with the great man.
Photo: Ann Chown