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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 19: North Chailey to Haywards Heath|
|Author: korman, Published: 19 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, North Chailey|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This linear walk uses a bus journey for the return leg which runs Mon-Sat ONLY. On Sundays you will need to use taxis or make other arrangements. |
A 7 mile linear walk from North Chailey to Haywards Heath, forming the 19th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. A lovely walk starting at Red House Common, with its views over Ashdown Forest to the North and to the Downs in the South, it then zigzags through very pleasant agricultural country (with opportunities for refreshments in Scaynes Hill or Lindfield) to finish at Haywards Heath.
The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex.
The route follows a mixture of woodland and field paths, which can get muddy at times. There are gentle gradients only. You will need to negotiate several gates and there are three stiles on route (all of which have gaps underneath that medium dogs should pass through easily). You will be sharing one of the fields, within a stud farm, with horses (and foals in the spring and summer) so take particular care with dogs at this point. Allow 3.5 hours.
The walk begins at the bus stop opposite the Kings Head pub in North Chailey and ends at Haywards Heath rail station. If you are coming by bus, the start point is served by the Sussex Bus Number 31, Compass Travel Bus 121 and the Compass Bus 769 from Brighton. If you are coming by car, there is a large car park at Haywards Heath rail station at the end of the walk with a fee of £8 Mon-Fri, £4.90 Sat and £2 Sun (correct Aug 2016).
|Start to Memorial Pond|
Start point: 50.9719 lat, -0.0193 long
The walk starts from the bus stop in North Chailey, alongside the garage and opposite The Kings Head pub. With your back to the garage forecourt turn left onto the pavement and follow it bearing left to walk in a westerly direction along the A272. Carefully cross the road to swap to the right-hand pavement and continue in the same direction, passing the old post office. At Mill Lane, turn right towards Chailey Windmill and up towards Red House Common. You will come to the entrance gate for St George's ahead. Your walking route turns right just before this entrance, but first it is worth taking a detour a few steps ahead (through the entrance gate) to see Chailey Windmill. There has been a mill located here since 1595 and the yew tree, which stands at its side, is said to mark the centre of the historic county of Sussex.
|Memorial Pond to Clearwater Lane|
Start point: 50.9793 lat, -0.0281 long
Continue straight for a short while with the pond on your left and then, at a footpath sign, turn left to cross a wooden footbridge. Go through a kissing gate, cross a stile and a further gate then follow a wire fence on the left across the field. Reaching a metal gate at Great Norven Farm (with a stable on the right), go through to reach a farm track.
|Clearwater Lane to Costells Wood|
Start point: 50.9898 lat, -0.0371 long
Continue along the lane into Scaynes Hill, where it meets a road (the A272) opposite the Inn on the Green. Turn right past the Esso garage then bear right again into Church Road, swapping to the left-hand pavement. Continue along Church Road, passing the Grade II listed St Augustine's Church which has some attractive stained glass windows. Keeping left alongside a hedge, join a tarmac path then turn immediately left through an opening at a wooden five bar gate to enter Costell's Wood.
|Costells Wood to Snowflakes Lane|
Start point: 50.9946 lat, -0.0492 long
Follow the trodden path, with electric cables overhead to your right. Keep right, parallel with the cables and next to a fence. Continue ahead then bear left at the junction and keep going as the path becomes grassy with bracken on both sides. At an open, grassy area with cables overhead, turn right and take a diagonal path into the wood. Follow the path downhill and bear left at the next signpost. This path can be muddy.
|Snowflakes Lane to Lindfield|
Start point: 51.0064 lat, -0.0629 long
Exit the field and carefully cross the road into Snowflakes Lane ahead, which is signposted Walstead Forge. Follow the lane and, where the lane bends to the right, take the footpath straight on through a wood and over a footbridge. (NOTE: It could be muddy here and you may find a small makeshift diversion to the left which avoids the worst of it.)
|Lindfield to End|
Start point: 51.0148 lat, -0.0796 long
(NOTE: Although your route now takes you along Hickman's Lane, you may wish to make a short detour ahead along Lindfield's pretty High Street. It has over forty timber-framed houses, distinctive lime trees, several pubs, a cafe, many individual shops and a charming natural spring-fed pond.)
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author korman and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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