Historical Walk Around Haywards Heath

Orchards Car Park - Haywards Heath
Wednesday, 04 August 2021
6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

the vibrant heart of Sussex

As lockdown hopefully continues to ease, we are delighted to give members a chance to meet up again as we stroll around Haywards Heath under the expert guidance of Canon John Twisleton.

Meeting at Orchards Car Park, John will lead us round the town as we celebrate its growth from the crossing of the Roman road to London with the Weald Way to become the heart of Sussex when the railway came in 1841.

During this 1.5 mile circular tour, John will explore:

  • the legend of highwayman Jack Hayward
  • the impact that the station has had on the town
  • how the spoils of the tunnel helped form the embankment in Victoria Park
  • the links to Hayworth animal enclosure
  • the Battle of Haywards Heath and the impact this had on the English Civil War
  • and much more!

Online Booking
This event is open to all members who may bring one guest each and it costs just £5 per person. If you would like to find out more about the history of Haywards Heath, you can reserve your place by clicking on the Book Now button below.

Please note that spaces are limited to 25 so it is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment. Also, your membership PIN is required when booking, so please make sure that this is to hand.

The walk will cover approximately 1.5 miles over made up pavements and footpaths and is expected to take about 90 minutes. There is some uneven ground and a gentle incline in some places, but the route is generally suitable for all adults and children aged 10+ (including wheelchair users).

Please note that this event will be postponed in the event of heavy rain etc being forecast on the day, so please ensure that you provide a contact phone number and use an email address that you will have access to on the day of the walk, in case we need to contact you at short notice.

Getting There
Orchards Car Park is situated in St Wilfrid's Way (use postcode RH16 3QH) at the back of Marks and Spencer's store. Free parking applies from 6.00pm onwards. It is a 10-15 minute walk from Haywards Heath Station and the area is well served by local buses.

  • Orchards Car Park
  • St Wilfrid's Way
  • Haywards Heath
  • RH16 3QH
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