Sussex Hospices Trail Part 21: Balcombe to Horsham

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 21: Balcombe to Horsham is a 17.2 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
17.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
463 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

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.

21 days ago

A lovely springtime walk a little tough in places but well worth doing many places for refreshments and lovely scenery.

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