Uckfield

Bridge Cottage, Uckfield

Uckfield is located in the Heart of the Weald. It is a jolly town with all the amenities that local people and tourists could want. The town has the curious talent of being repeatedly flooded by the small River Uck. The last event was in October 2000, but with global warming kicking in, more frequent and powerful floods are inevitable.

Understand

History

For a little local history, the first Iron cast cannon was cast in Buxted, a nearby village by Ralf Hogge (or Huggett) perfected gun production in 1543 and became a weapon maker by royal appointment.

The Town also has the oldest working cinema in Sussex which shows big name films to this day.

Uckfield is also the last place Lord Lucan was seen and were Emma Le French was born, neither have any real significance to the town.

Get in

Uckfield Railway Station

Get around

Walking is the only way to really see the town, since it is fairly small, but for travelling further afield, cars, buses and trains could be necessary. There is a town bus, but since it mainly tours the housing estates around the town it will be of little use to visitors.

See

The town has little to distract for more than a morning. Bridge cottage is worth a look, but other than that the town is fairly bland. It is cloaked by housing developments, of which more seem to be inevitable. However the surrounding villages of Blackboys, Framfield, and Ashdown Forest are popular with walkers. Parking is free throughout the town.

Do

Cars and motorcycles in the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
A steam train on the Lavender Line

It’s quite difficult to dress a fairly unexciting town as something that it isn’t. Lewes is probably a better attraction if you wish to visit this delightful area. You are probably better off having a look at the local area including Ashdown Forest or the Cuckoo Trail from Heathfield to Eastbourne. Still, the local area does contain some hidden gems.

Eat

Pubs

The outlying villages generally have better food stuffs and more character than the town pubs.

Restaurants

Starting at the top of the town (north) and moving down:

Drink

The town has the normal smattering of bars, pubs and a club for evening entertainment. During the day the town is well stocked with cafes. Among the best are The Hop Barn (opposite WHSmiths) and Corbins on the high street.

Pubs such as The Station stay open well into the night, catering for anyone's thirst.

Buy

High Street in Uckfield

The town has pretty much anything you could need as a tourist, with facilities including:

There is a camping/ caravaning shop out of the town to the north. Ask locals for drections to 'Chichester Caravans'. Only one establishment is open 24 hours - Esso on Bell lane, which also provides petrol.

Sleep

There is nowhere to stay in Uckfield (the last Hotel became a nunnery). However some of the local villages have camping sites or hotels:

Camping

this camping site incorporates 170 years of farming life in the heart of the Sussex Weald Heaven Farm, its at Furners Green nr Uckfield Tel: +44 1825 790226

Please note that often Sheffield Park is described as 'Uckfield' it is in fact around 10 miles away.

Go next

Local villages, the rest of East Sussex and Ashdown Forest.

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