Worth Way

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

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

Route information


  • 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 passes through Crawley, East Grinstead and Crawley Down. It meets many other footpaths along its length.


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.



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

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

The number of visitors to our countryside sites, including Worth Way, is on the increase, which is great!

However, with the increase in users comes the need to be careful when out and about; whether that's on foot, bike or horseback, with friends, family or just walking the dog.

There are a few things you can do to ensure we all continue to enjoy our countryside:

  • Respect other visitors on your route and be courteous.
  • Cyclists: Please slow down and give way to walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users.
  • Please keep your dog under control and clear up after them - any public bin will do.
  • Be aware parts of Worth Way pass through working farmland.
  • Take your litter home with you.

Think of other users, Share rights of way with others and Be Aware of what's around you!

Organising an event

Are you planning an event, including a charity fund-raiser, on Worth Way?

Contact us to ensure it is managed safely and avoids clashing with other arrangements. Email countryside@westsussex.gov.uk.

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