Haywards HeathEast Grinstead

Hayeas one
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Distance

20km/12mi

Ascent

475m

Descent

407m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Haywards Heath and East Grinstead.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Haywards Heath and East Grinstead.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 2

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (1) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Access (1)

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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.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Maybe present Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Maybe present Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Maybe present 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)
Maybe present Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present 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)
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)
Not 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)
Not 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)

5.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

20.0% of the route is paved (1)

50.0% of the route is muddy (1)

25.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

10.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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1 surveys

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

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Start and end points

Haywards Heath
Grid RefTQ3308024635
Lat / Lon 51.00571° / -0.10455°
Easting / Northing533,080E / 124,635N
What3Wordsshepherdess.homelands.commuting
East Grinstead
Grid RefTQ3884138221
Lat / Lon 51.12645° / -0.01728°
Easting / Northing538,841E / 138,221N
What3Wordsurban.hired.tour

Hayeas One's land is

Arable 5.7%
Pasture 55.1%
Urban 23.2%
Woods 16.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


Battlestarvalk

24 Sep 2021

I started this route at OS maps ref 538774 , 136104 (the turn off to NT Standen from W Hoathly Road) as I stayed at Evergreen Farm Campsite - combined with a second walk into East Grinstead (I came from Edenbridge), this makes a lovely two-day camping itinerary!

I found this route moderately difficult - particularly along the golf course, I got the footpath angle slightly off and ended up drifting around the edge until I found my way! I also had to take two detours, but I believe both are temporary.

Detour One -
OS maps reference 538664 , 135472 (where the route wraps around the back of NT Standen).
The gate into the next farm to continue my route was blocked by cows! This was just a poor timing of the day, but I had to return to the path/footpath intersection at 538804 , 135798 and take the footpath west across Saint Hill Farm (not clearly marked in the farm layout, so have confidence in your compass) to W Hoathly Road, follow the road south to 51.099594, -0.021536 (there's a small carpark area/sign back onto a field), and then head east back across the farm to 538758 , 135244, where there'll be a sign and you can rejoin the Slow Way/High Weald Landscape Trail going south.

Detour Two -
OS maps reference 536519 , 133327 (the point where three points converge at the south end of Giffard's Wood).
There was a sign from the Council that the path was closed (Public Footpath 5WH) as an emergency procedure. Check before you travel! If it is still closed, I took the detour in which I walked along the south boundary of Giffard's Wood (it appears this is a common path as there's a vague route) - if you stick north of the "PRIVATE PROPERTY" signs whilst going east you'll be on the right track. I reached a permissive bridleway at approximately 51.082006 , -0.050869, and followed this south-east until 537112 , 132885 (Bluebell Lane/Station Road). I took the public footpath south-west up Bluebell Lane until I reached The Hollow, and then took the footpath north-west than runs alongside Church Hill. It then connects back onto the Slow Way at 536358 , 132750 (Garden Mead/North Lane).
It's a lengthy detour with a significant - if I'd known ahead of time that this section was blocked I think a better route might be to go south at Stone Hill House (following the Sussex Border Path, not the High Weald Landscape Trail), following to Bluebell Lane/Station Road, and then link back up to the original Slow Way via the instructions above.

The rest of the route has a lot of elevation changes, so it feels longer than it is. I lost my route a couple of times and had to double back (missed signs/misread the map), and it's primarily a route that switches between fields and farms so shade can be lacking if the day is particularly hot. The route also takes you through Haywards Heath Golf Club and Ardingly College, so take care to keep your bearings as you are surrounded by people (and avoid school pick up/drop off times!). I found in general that I was often passing by people - you go through both Ardingly and West Hoathly so will pass a number of other walkers throughout.

I won't suggest a full reroute as I believe both blockages to be temporary, but take a map and compass and be prepared to adapt as necessary.

Picture 1: My start to the route
Picture 2-4: Detour 1 - start of detour, path at the end of Saint Hill Farm, end of detour
Picture 5: View of Weir Wood Reservoir
Picture 6-8: Detour 2 - start of detour, path at the start of Bluebell Ln/Station Road, end of detour
Picture 9: Route near Standgrove Wood.

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    Bostal Boy

    26 Feb 2022

    I walked this again 25th Feb 2022. Pleased to report that the two detours above are no longer necessary. No cows and no council footpath closure this time.

  • battlestarvalk

    Battlestarvalk

    27 Feb 2022

    Ah, fantastic news!

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Bostal Boy

26 Jun 2021

I walked this on a beautiful sunny day in June. It's a terrific walk which shows off the Sussex High Weald at its best. The route is accurately traced on the map and easily followed on the ground, although as usual Sat Nav helps to make sure you have picked the right path in places.
The route passes two reservoirs, the climbing rocks at Stone Hill, the Kingscote Estate vineyard and the beautiful village of West Hoathly at the half-way point. WH boasts the St. Margaret's church founded at the end of the 11th century, the C15 Priest's House and the Cat Inn, a real foodie pub. So lots to do and see along the way.

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    Bostal Boy

    04 Jul 2021

    I forgot to mention that the route also passes NT Standen, an Arts and Crafts house near to East Grinstead.

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Descent

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