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Best trails in Haywards Heath

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Looking for a great trail near Haywards Heath, West Sussex? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in South Downs National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lullingstone Country Park or Windsor Great Park. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Haywards Heath ranging from 1.9 to 13.5 miles and from 187 to 524 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Balcombe and Ardingly Reservoir Extended Circular Walk
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
#2 - The Bolney Stage and Wykehurst Park Walk
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
A circular pub walk from the Bolney Stage in Bolney, West Sussex. The Bolney Stage dates from about 1500 and oozes character with inglenook fireplaces, ancient flagstones and crooked beams. The walking route explores the beautiful surrounding hills and valleys, with amazing views and plenty of wildlife. There's something for everyone on this varied route, from woodlands to parkland, sheep pastures to smallholdings and even a vineyard. The route has several climbs and descents throughout. The paths are unmade for the most part and can get quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain so good waterproof boots are recommended. There are a couple of sections of road walking along quiet lanes so take care of any traffic on these parts. You will need to negotiate several gates plus seven stiles (all of which have either adjacent dog gates or open fencing alongside). Whilst the vast majority of the paths are fenced, you will cross a couple of pastures which are likely to be holding sheep so take care with dogs. The first (and last) sections of path can be a little overgrown but persevere, it is only a few hundred yards. Approximate time 2 to 3 hours. Show more
#3 - Balcombe and Ardingly Reservoir
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of quite steep sections. The paths are firm for the most part, but the woodland stretches can be very muddy in winter and some stretches of the bridleway alongside the reservoir are muddy all year round, so good boots are a must. There are a few sections of road walking on quiet lanes so take care of traffic. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, steps, a footbridge plus 2 stiles (both of which have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Most of the paths are enclosed, but you will need to cross one field that may be holding cattle, so take particular care with dogs. Allow up to 4 hours. Show more
#4 - High Weald Staplefield Circular
High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Best to avoid this trail if walking a dog as a lot of it is on paved roads and in areas unsuitable for dogs, which makes the walk difficult. However, for just walking without your four-legged friend, the views are spectacular. Show more
#5 - Ardingly Resevoir Footpath
Ardingly Activity Centre
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 58 m
PLEASE NOTE: this route runs into private property. The trail is an out and back which leads to Balcombe Lane and then back to the start. Show more
#6 - Sussex Hospices Trail Part 20: Haywards Heath to Balcombe
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
A linear walk from Haywards Heath rail station to Balcombe rail station in West Sussex, forming the 20th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes you through beautiful Sussex Weald countryside with impressive views and wildlife spotting opportunities around the tranquil Ardingly Reservoir. On route you will walk through mixed woodland, climb rolling hills and stroll alongside the 198 acre Ardingly Reservoir, also designated a Local Nature Reserve. In the distance you can admire the magnificent Ouse Valley Viaduct and the historic Ardingly College. The return leg can be completed with a single 5 minute train journey. 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 Weald is famous for its mud and after rain the trail can be heavy going, although in many places you will find side paths through the woods running adjacent to the main track. You will need to negotiate a number of kissing gates, footbridges and low step barrier stiles, but no fence stiles. There are some short sections of walking through quiet residential areas and there is one steep section of steps through a wood. Dogs should have no problems on this walk but must be kept on leads when walking through the golf course and do take care with dogs when livestock are grazing in the fields. Allow 3 hours. There are no facilities for the bulk of the walk, but you will find cafes and pubs in Haywards Heath and Balcombe, at the start and end of the walk. Ardingly Reservoir makes a good spot for a picnic, about half way along the walk. Show more
#7 - Socratic Trail: Section 3
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
This is Section 3 of the Socratic Trail from Brighton to Old Coulsdon. This section is from Skaynes Hill to Balcombe. To view other sections of the trail, visit https://www.alltrails.com/lists/socratic-trail.Show more
#8 - Nymans Woods Round
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
#9 - Cuckfield Walk
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 13.5 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
#10 - Sussex Hospices Trail Part 21: Balcombe to Horsham
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 5 h 20 m
A linear walk from Balcombe rail station to Horsham rail station in West Sussex, forming the 21st stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes in the High Weald Landscape of the Sussex countryside and passes through a changing scenery of working farms, rolling fields and mature woodlands. You will also pass through Nymans ancient woodland, set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its magnificent Redwoods and clear lakes. The return leg can be completed with a 30-minute train journey which includes one change. 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 Hospice 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 Weald is well known for its mud and after rain the trail can be heavy going in places. You will need to negotiate a number of stiles, kissing gates, narrow footbridges and short sections of steep steps through some of the woodlands. There are a few road crossings that need care and one section of very busy road at Handcross which has no pavement and needs extra care. The final stretch of the route takes you along the residential outskirts of Horsham. Dogs should have no problem on this walk but take care with them as there may be livestock grazing in the fields. Allow approximately 5 to 6 hours. Toilets are available at the rail stations at each end and at Nymans where you will also find the National Trust cafe (entrance fees apply). Picnic opportunities can be found at many of the locations on route.Show more
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