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Worth Way

Route Worth Way is a 7 mile shared-use route, from Three Bridges to East Grinstead. It passes through the open countryside of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For use by Walkers, cyclists and horse riding


What’s along Worth Way?

Bridge over Worth WayFor much of its length the Worth Way follows the old railway line which ran from East Grinstead to Three Bridges. Since the closure of the railway in the 1960's, much of its length has been colonised by trees such as ash and silver birch. Where chalk was used in the construction of the railway, chalk-loving plants such as guelder rose, common spotted orchid, twayblade and wild strawberry now flourish.

Worth Way offers a ‘green corridor’ for wildlife, connecting different habitats together. The range of habitats attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and mammals. Birdsong to listen out for include the calls of the chiffchaff and nuthatch. At Crawley Down Pond there is even the chance of a glimpse of a kingfisher.

Butterflies to look out for include brimstone, speckled wood, meadow brown, ringlet, skipper and, in June, the white admiral. Bats can sometimes be seen at dusk. Adders, grass snakes and common lizards bask in the sunny glades along the old trackside.

How to get there

Interactive map

To find Worth Way, launch our interactive iMap (opens in a new window), select 'British National Grid' from the search menu and in the search box (top left) enter TQ388382 (for East Grinstead Station), TQ346374 (for Crawley Down) or TQ288369 (for Three Bridges Station). The Worth Way route is shown after zooming out to a smaller scale. Clicking 'Walks within 5km' in the menu highlights footpaths.

Walking

Worth Way is accessible where it passes through Crawley, East Grinstead and Crawley Down. It meets many other footpaths along its length. For more details, see our Worth Way route leaflet under supporting documents below. Worth Way can be followed as part of the Sussex Border Path, a footpath route nearly 150 miles long around the inland boundary of the county of Sussex.

By bike

Worth Way forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 21.

By bus

The Worth Way can be reached on a range of bus routes. There are nearby bus stops at Three Bridges Station, East Grinstead Station and the Royal Oak pub on Burleigh Way in Crawley Down. See supporting documents for maps and further details. Use the Traveline website.


By train

Worth Way is easily accessible by train at Three Bridges Station and East Grinstead Station.

For more information about routes and timetables visit Network Rail or Traveline.

By car

Parking is available at Three Bridges and East Grinstead stations, the old Station at Rowfant on Wallage Lane and in Crawley Down. Car parks are shown on the map in our Worth Way leaflet.

Getting around

Worth Way is a shared-use route accessible for pedestrians, horse-riders and cyclists.

Please be aware that cyclists should give way to horses and horses should give way to pedestrians. Be considerate of other users and mind your speed when passing.

Additional information

The leaflet below has more information about the history, management and includes a map of the route.

 

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