Visit Worth Way

Worth Way

Worth way passes through the open countryside of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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A 7 mile (11 km) shared-use route from Three Bridges to East Grinstead.


About

Start/finish

  • Three Bridges Station (start) - TQ288369
  • Crawley Down (mid-point) - TQ346374
  • East Grinstead Station (finish) - TQ388382

For use by

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Nearest locations

Worth Way is accessible where it passes through Crawley, East Grinstead and Crawley Down. It meets many other footpaths along its length.

Terrain

All of Worth Way is surfaced and largely follows the route of the disused railway line from Three Bridges to East Grinstead.  Some sections are on the road network.

Highlights

A variety of wildlife as outlined below.

Transport

Maps

  • OS 1:25,000 Explorer series: 134,135
  • OS 1:50,000 Landranger series: 187

What’s along Worth Way?

Since the closure of the railway in the 1960s, much of it 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. Birdsong to listen out for includes 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.


Further information

A small section of the Forest Way is also within West Sussex and is managed by WSCC.  For more information on the Forest Way visit the East Sussex Council website.

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

Find us

Visit the imap for route details

- In the blue 'Search' field on the left, select City, Town or Village from the drop-down list.

- Enter East Grinstead > Search.

- Under Local Information, select 'Walks within 5km'.

- Select Worth Way > Further information from the options provided.