Burgess HillHaywards Heath

Burhay four
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Description

This route uses the off road urban green spaces as much as possible between Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. This includes the Railwaylands by Wivelsfield Station, plus Ashenground Woods, Victoria Park and The Heath in Haywards Heath. The footpath through Kiln Wood at the south side of Haywards Heath has been blocked by the housing developers for the last couple of years, however, it is now accessible by walking to the end of Pullman Avenue, a new road in the Rocky Drive estate. Theobalds Road is the ancient bridle path which connects Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. Its is wide, quiet and attractive but is well used by horses and gets pretty muddy. Tested 05/05/2022 - see review and survey

This route uses the off road urban green spaces as much as possible between Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. This includes the Railwaylands by Wivelsfield Station, plus Ashenground Woods, Victoria Park and The Heath in Haywards Heath. The footpath through Kiln Wood at the south side of Haywards Heath has been blocked by the housing developers for the last couple of years, however, it is now accessible by walking to the end of Pullman Avenue, a new road in the Rocky Drive estate. Theobalds Road is the ancient bridle path which connects Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. Its is wide, quiet and attractive but is well used by horses and gets pretty muddy. Tested 05/05/2022 - see review and survey

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Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Burgess Hill
Grid RefTQ3162618821
Lat / Lon 50.95379° / -0.12737°
Easting / Northing531,626E / 118,821N
What3Wordssnowmen.protected.leathers
Haywards Heath
Grid RefTQ3308024635
Lat / Lon 51.00571° / -0.10455°
Easting / Northing533,080E / 124,635N
What3Wordsshepherdess.homelands.commuting

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Reviews


David Sanderson

09 May 2022

Having tried unsuccessfully to figure out an offroad route between these two settlements when I lived in Haywards Heath over twenty years ago. I was interested to walk this route. The route starting from Haywards Heath Station gets off the main road fairly quickly before using Clair Park and then a series of alleyways to cross Haywards Heath to South Road, which is the main shopping street. I was particularly excited to pass a bin shed (pictured) which I happen to know lies on 51 degrees north! The rest of the route is a well plotted sensible use of green spaces, in around and between the two settlements. The only major crossing is the A272 which was simple. The bridleway north of Theobalds Road had cut up and hardened, which made walking a bit uncomfortable, but it wasn't impassable. The route links up with Wivelsfield Railway Station (the better connected of the two Burgess Hill stations). The final section follows Junction Road which is handy for shops but has a level crossing which frequently closes on the busy line from London to Eastbourne. Going this way round is slightly more direct than routes to the west of the line. Worth noting that there are numerous stiles on this route and it is not accessible. In summary though, a well conceived, direct, safe, connected and interesting Slow Way.

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    Bostal Boy

    10 May 2022

    Hi David, I'm glad you enjoyed the route. It took several attempts to get it right so I'm pleased it works. The main issue was finding a way past the housing developments around Fox Hill and Rocky Lane which have been allowed to block rights of way for two or three years.

    When I was a kid, the level crossing at Junction Road used to have one of those solid green, cast iron Victorian footbridges over the railway line. Built to last forever. I've no idea why it was removed.

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Bostal Boy

06 Feb 2022

Walked from Haywards Heath to Burgess Hill on Saturday 5th Feb 2022.

This route joins together the best bits of the other three BURHAYs to provide a quiet route, mainly off road between the two largest population centres in Mid Sussex.

From Haywards Heath station it uses the path through The Heath, through the churchyard at St. Wilfrid's across South Road and through Victoria Park. Then along the quiet residential Sunnywood Drive. Look out for the eight flat-roofed 1930s houses by famous international modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin & Tecton.

Head right across the railway bridge to Ashenground Woods. Along the path beside the railway to the High Bridge at Rocky Lane and the turn left along to the new roundabout.

Then head into the Rocky Drive estate, peeling off left onto Pullman Avenue. Follow this to the end, at which point you are able to pick up the footpath through Kiln Wood (hooray!!)

This footpath is quite muddy but easy to follow through the wood and beside a field to Clearwaters Lane. There are a couple of stiles in this section. Turn left and walk along the lane to the first footpath sign on the right. This heads through the farmyard at Clearwaters Farm. Muddy once again, this is a busy equestrian centre.

Take the straight ahead path until you reach the Theobalds Road bridle path (still muddy) and turn right. Follow this as it heads past some nice houses including the II* listed Theobalds Farm, to reach Valebridge Road at the north end of Burgess Hill. Turn left heading south down the hill until the footpath sign on the right. Head down the lane, under the railway embankment then turn left alongside the embankment to reach Leylands Road.

Cross the road and into the Railwaylands green space. Follow the path with the railway on your left to the end, then turn left across another railway bridge to emerge onto Junction Road opposite St. Andrew's church. Turn right and head up Junction Road to the top of the hill, then turn right at the roundabout down past the Top House pub to Burgess Hill railway station.

The route is muddy in sections, there are a couple of stiles. The area around Wivelsfield Station has shops and a pub.

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    Bostal Boy

    20 Apr 2022

    Tried this route in the opposite direction from BH to HH this afternoon. It worked well, all is open. Still a bit muddy along the Theobald's Road bridle path.

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