About Crawley Down

Crawley Down with its population of approximately 4300 is situated in West Sussex half way between Crawley and East Grinstead.

Apart from Crawley and East Grinstead which are both about 5 miles away, within easy reach of Crawley Down are the shopping centres of Croydon, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton. The Bluewater Shopping Centre near Dartford is only 45 minutes drive away.

Crawley Down is ideally situated to visit the National Trust properties of Standen, Sheffield Park, Nymans Gardens and Polesdon Lacy. Just 4 miles South of Crawley Down is Wakehurst Place which is also owned by the National Trust but run and maintained by the Royal Botanical Society along with Kew Gardens. In nearby Crawley there are Tilgate Park and Buchan Park, both very pleasant for a gentle stroll.

Other nearby attractions include the Bluebell Railway, Ashdown Forest famous for Winnie the Pooh and friends and in Crawley are Tilgate Park and Buchan Park. To the North West are Wisley Gardens and the Legoland, Chessington and Thorpe Park theme parks.

The reservoirs at Ardingly and Weirwood are both close by. Weirwood has good facilities for sailing and fishing and Ardingly also can offer rowing.

The Worth Way is a seven mile walk along the disused railway line between Three Bridges and East Grinstead which passes through Crawley Down. Most of its length is suitable for horse riding and cycling and it is part of the SUSTRANS national cycle route 21. It is a pleasant country walk especially where it passes the ponds on the eastern approach to Crawley Down.

The nearby stations of East Grinstead and Three Bridges offer good services to London with a journey time of a little under an hour and Gatwick Airport can be reached with a 15 minute drive.