This walk from Haywards Heath visits two of the highlights of the area at Ardingly Reservoir and Wakehurst Place. The walk uses a section of the High Weald Landscape Trail to take you to the lovely lake and the wonderful Botanic Gardens.
The walk starts in the town centre, near to the train station. From here you head north, passing the golf course before coming to Copyhold Lane. Here you pick up the High Weald Landscape Trail which continues north through River's Wood to Ardingly Reservoir. The 198 acre reservoir is also a nature reserve with a variety of habitats including wetland, reedbed, deciduous woodland, hazel coppice and haymeadow. You can look out for wildlife such as Great crested grebe and kingfishers in this area. There's a nice footpath running along the eastern side of the water which will lead you up to Wakehurst Place which is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. There are 465 acres to explore on a series of delightful footpaths. Features include beautiful botanic gardens, woodland, lakes, formal gardens and an Elizabethan house. After exploring the park, the walk returns to Haywards Heath on the same paths.
To continue your walking in the area you could pick up the Sussex Border Path, just to the east of the reservoir at the village of Horsted Keynes. This will lead you north to the attractive Weir Wood Reservoir which has a nice trail running around the perimeter.
Other walking highlights near the town include the delightful gardens at Sheffield Park and Nymans Gardens. There's also the long distance Diamond Way and Brighton Way running through the town too. The latter will take you onto the beautiful South Downs which is not far from the town.
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Walks near Haywards Heath
- Ardingly Reservoir - This 198 acre reservoir and nature reserve has a lovely waterside walking path ideal for an easy stroll
- High Weald Landscape Trail - Explore the High Weald AONB on this fabulous 90 mile walk that links the ridge-top villages and historic gardens for which the area is famous
- Wakehurst Place - Located in Haywards Heath, Wakehurst is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- Weir Wood Reservoir - This 280 acre reservoir has a super waterside walking path running around its perimeter
- Sussex Border Path - A fabulous long distance walk following the Sussex county border from Thorney Island in West Sussex to Rye in East Sussex
- Nymans Gardens - Explore the gardens of this delightful estate on this short walk in Handcross, near Haywards Heath
- Sheffield Park - Explore the beautiful Sheffield Park and Gardens on this circular walk near Haywards Heath in Sussex
- Brighton Way - A super route though the South Downs from Horley to Brighton
- Diamond Way - This is a fairly easy walk from West to East Sussex through heathland, farmland and forest
- Chailey Common - This pretty area of common land near Haywards Heath has a series of nice footpaths to try