CrawleyHaywards Heath

Crahay one
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Distance

18km/11mi

Ascent

341m

Descent

314m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Crawley and Haywards Heath.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Crawley and Haywards Heath.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 10

Surveys

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DescriptionNote
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
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.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Maybe present Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Maybe present Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remove area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

Narrowest part of path: no data

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

20.0% of the route is on roads (1)

10.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

20.0% of the route is paved (1)

50.0% of the route is muddy (1)

20.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

There is no data on long grass

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1 surveys

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3X May 2021 by Bostal Boy
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

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Start and end points

Crawley
Grid RefTQ2702736343
Lat / Lon 51.11231° / -0.18667°
Easting / Northing527,027E / 136,343N
What3Wordsalbum.fines.mixed
Haywards Heath
Grid RefTQ3308024635
Lat / Lon 51.00571° / -0.10455°
Easting / Northing533,080E / 124,635N
What3Wordsshepherdess.homelands.commuting

Crahay One's land is

Arable 14.6%
Green urban 1.9%
Pasture 35.2%
Urban 26.9%
Water 6.5%
Woods 15.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


David Sanderson

09 May 2022

Starts along main roads and then heads out of the edge of Crawley as far as Tilgate Park where it heads left up the lane towards the golf club rather than entering the park. The lane is open and drivers are generally considerate although it can get busy. Next sections are in woodland of Tilgate and then Balcombe Forests. The M23 and railway are crossed by bridge. A gentle climb through open farmland leads to some lane walking down Crawley Lane which wasn't too busy and has a verge at the top. As you descend, it becomes apparent that the lane is a holloway and the banks get steeper but there is still space to pass. The walking gets steep over the next few sections. A climb to Balcombe which gives you the option of a high street of shops and a pub. A walk down a lane to the cricket club leads to a walk down and then up to the lane which leads you to Ardingly Reservoir. Beyond the reservoir is another set of field and then woodland tracks which bring you to the golf course and then Haywards Heath itself. The meeting place is at the station, which is a ten minute walk from the town centre on the hill above. A really nice walk, varied in environment and rich in nature. Quite direct, safe and easy to follow with only a couple of bits of lazy plotting, but not enough to lose a star. Full marks.


Merete Langler

09 May 2022

This was our second day of walking. I wondered how that would feel after two walks the day before. It was lovely. The short walk through Crawley takes you to Tilgate Forest which is very pretty. After crossing the M23 via a footbridge, the walk takes you through Balcombe Woods which is lovely. Again, David Sanderson has given a very thorough review. As we walked together, I am happy to say he speaks for all of us in what he found and his opinion!.


Bostal Boy

14 May 2021

Walked from Haywards Heath to Crawley on Friday 14th May 2021. A lovely walk through the various landscapes of the High Weald. It crosses the Sussex Ouse Valley, skirts the Ardinly Reservoir then passes through some beautiful bluebell woods in the Cowdray and Tilgate Forests.
Easy to follow on the ground and the tracing of the route is spot-on. I can't fault it.


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