Worth Way

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A 7 mile (11 km) shared use route linking Three Bridges with East Grinstead and then linking to Forest Way.


Route information

Start/finish

  • Three Bridges Station (start) - TQ2876 3704
  • Crawley Down (mid-point) - TQ3466 3739
  • East Grinstead Station (finish) - TQ3870 3828

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For use by

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Nearest locations

Worth Way is accessible where it meets Three Bridges, Crawley Down and East Grinstead.

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.


About Worth Way

The leaflet has more information about the route, its history and a map.

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.

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

 


Think, Share, Be Aware

To ensure everyone enjoys the Downs Link and the surrounding countryside, please Think of other users, Share rights of way with others and Be Aware of what's around you! This includes:

  • Respecting other users and being courteous.
  • Cyclists: Please slow down and sound your bell or call out to alert others. Give way to walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users.
  • Dogs are welcome. Please keep them under effective control and in sight. Always clear up after them. Bag it and Bin it - any public bin will do.
  • Be aware that parts of Worth Way pass through working farmland.
  • Take all litter home with you.

When visiting the countryside and using Public Rights of Way, please be respectful of the needs of others in the countryside and always follow the Countryside Code.


Organising an event

If you are planning an event on Worth Way, including a charity fund-raiser, please refer to our event guidelines. These have been produced to help you organise a successful event and avoid conflicts with other users and landowners.

The event organiser is responsible for the safe running of the event and we advise that you should ensure all appropriate permissions are in place, such as:

  • marshalling
  • first aid cover
  • contingencies
  • risk assessments
  • insurance.

For further information and to check if your event clashes with other events, email countryside@westsussex.gov.uk.

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