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Crawley

West Sussex


Slow Ways linking Crawley and Capel, Cuckfield, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horley, Horsham

England / West Sussex / Crawley

Crawley’s six Slow Ways are 67% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 5/6
verified: 3/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Crawley from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Capel—Crawley
Capcra one Pioneer me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 84m Descent 93m
Crawley—Cuckfield
Cracuc one Review me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 372m Descent 352m
Crawley—East Grinstead
Craeas one Verify me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 120m Descent 164m
Crawley—East Grinstead
Craeas two Enjoy me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Crawley—Haywards Heath
Crahay one Enjoy me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 341m Descent 314m
Crawley—Horley
Crahor one

Double check Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 37m Descent 18m
Crawley—Horley
Crahor two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Horsham—Crawley
Horcra one Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 153m Descent 132m

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Collective progress

72% of Crawley’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

8/8

drawn

7/8

reviewed

5/8

surveyed

3/8

verified

8 people have contributed to Crawley’s Slow Ways

6 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Crawley

95km out of 110km have been walked and reviewed

204km of reviews have been shared in Crawley

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Had a lovely walk, there were some parts that were inaccessible for wheelchair access as the path was muddy, however it was mostly flat. I would happily walk it again....

Christina Brown

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a nice flat walk in most places, moderate walk, however not accessible for wheelchair users...

Michelle holmes

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Lovely walk easily accessible - stunning scenery. Recommend it. Moderate walk....

Catriona Trim

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The central section is through the main Crawley industrial area and past Gatwick Airport South Terminal. When it reaches the Enterprise Car Hire carwash take the path which virtually doubles back (photo 7 & 8), then turn left, head under the flyover to head past the coach stops for Gatwick South Terminal....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy took this photo on Crahor two

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Crawley—Horley

David Sanderson added Crahor two, a new walk from Crawley to Horley

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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. 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....

David Sanderson

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The short walk through Crawley takes you to Tilgate Forest which is very pretty....

Merete Langler

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I know this is not the plotter's fault but it was bad enough to leave us needing to figure out the alternative before finding said alternative confirmed on a document at the other end....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Crahor one

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A fingerpost points to the path you need to take over the footbridge (step access) which takes you across the railway and to the end of another footpath which will deliver you, under the A23 spur which marks the border with West Sussex. Here is also access to the railway station, monorail and airport. The next section takes you over the railway again via another step only footbridge. In the process of altering this route I've made it more obvious that you should follow the cycleway and not the footpath which soon would have you walking by the road. The last 100m of this route includes the bus station and the railway station, which is on the line between London and the Coastway West, rather than the main London-Brighton line (Three Bridges which is on the L-B line is a short hop away)....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Crahor two

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A fuller review is shared by David Sanderson who we walked with. I agree with all he says....

Merete Langler

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It follows the Worth Way, a disused railway line from Three Bridges to East Grinstead which was closed in 1967. This can be avoided by exactly following National Cycle Route 21, as there is a ramped path from Church Road, Worth back down to the old railway line....

Bostal Boy

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Crawley—East Grinstead

Bostal Boy added Craeas two, a new walk from Crawley to East Grinstead

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All is the same except I have avoided the flight of steps on the path down to the old railway line from Maidenbower Drive....

Bostal Boy

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Bostal Boy surveyed Cracuc one

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The route starts off from behind the exclusive Ockenden Manor hotel and skirts the western fringes of Cuckfield, through woods and small fields to reach Whitemans Green. It is always a surprise when you cross the River Ouse to think that such a wide valley has been carved out by such a small river. Heading out of Balcombe again, the route descends into another valley and around the end of a small lake over a boardwalk. This is a walk which pays back the effort, revealing typical High Weald scenery; woodland, small fields, steep valleys and plenty of mud when it is wet....

Bostal Boy

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It's a direct route and once on the Worth Way section (between Maidenbower and East Grinstead) you will only be crossing a few roads and not walking on them. Quite interesting on the Worth Way and more varied that some other former Railway Paths have walked on, get views of the fields to either side and good facilities in Crawley Down a few miles in....

Alza101

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David Fordham surveyed Horcra one

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Bostal Boy surveyed Horcra one

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The route mainly follows footpaths out of Crawley including past the attractive Ifield Mill....

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Crawley

Bostal Boy surveyed Crawley

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It crosses the Sussex Ouse Valley, skirts the Ardinly Reservoir then passes through some beautiful bluebell woods in the Cowdray and Tilgate Forests....

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Capel—Crawley

Slow Ways added Capcra one, a new walk from Capel to Crawley

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Crawley—Cuckfield

Slow Ways added Cracuc one, a new walk from Crawley to Cuckfield

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Crawley—East Grinstead

Slow Ways added Craeas one, a new walk from Crawley to East Grinstead

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Crawley—Haywards Heath

Slow Ways added Crahay one, a new walk from Crawley to Haywards Heath

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Crawley—Horley

Slow Ways added Crahor one, a new walk from Crawley to Horley

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Horsham—Crawley

Slow Ways added Horcra one, a new walk from Horsham to Crawley

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Crawley, Mon 22 April

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Crawley’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ2702736343

Lat / Lon

51.11231° / -0.18667°

Easting / Northing

527,027E / 136,343N

Fancy stretching your legs a bit more?

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Crawley's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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