Worth Way

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

Tell me more

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

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.


Route information

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.

Latest news

The resurfacing work on Worth Way will be completed and the route fully reopened by Saturday 2 September. For your own safety please do not attempt to access the work area until this time.

Resurfacing and drainage works are due to start 11 August 2017 between Cob Close and Gullage. Sections of the path will be closed for health and safety reasons whilst these works are carried out. The paths around Crawley Down Pond will also be improved.

The planned works were due to commence on 24 July 2017 but have been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. When the works do commence they will last approximately three weeks dependent on weather.

Please keep an eye on our twitter feed and on site signage which will be updated as works progresses.

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. 

Transport 

Maps 

  • 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.