||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?
For 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
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
To find Worth Way, launch our interactive
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.
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.
Worth Way forms part of the National Cycle Network Route
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
Worth Way is easily accessible by train at
Three Bridges Station and East Grinstead Station.
For more information about routes and
timetables visit Network
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
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.
The leaflet below has more information about the
history, management and includes a map of the route.
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