Walking in Wisborough Green

Walking News

Wisborough Green has some lovely walks, in particular a circular route to the east and south of the village, which takes in the canal and the river as well as some beautiful countryside. Unfortunately this involves walking along the busy A272 for around 330m which is extremely dangerous. To help reduce the danger and improve access to this part of our footpath network we are delighted that a new permissive path has been created through negotiation with the landowner. It is on the north side of the A272 between the footpath from the village where it meets the road and the lay-by on the east-bound carriageway. The path is clearly marked along the edge of the field, over a stile, down some steps and through the wood to the lay-by and saves over 200m of road walking. The road should be crossed to the west–bound lay-by with care. Walkers can then continue along the verge on the south side of the carriageway to the footpath that heads towards Guildenhurst Bridge.

Please use the new path with consideration and if you wish to take your dog, ensure that it is under close control.

Walks and Routes

It is our intention to provide more information about local walks in the future. In the meantime information can be found from the following sources.

West Weald Landscape Project - for a free guide of walks in our area click here.

West Sussex County Council provide a very good interactive map on their website that allows you to see all the routes within the parish. Click here for more information.

The Wey-South path follows for part of its route the eastern boundary of the parish and provides some fascinating walking experiences. More information on this ‘trail’ can be found here.

Conservation walks have been provided under the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs farm conservation schemes, which help farmers protect and improve the countryside, its wildlife and history. This is permissive access and there is one such scheme in Wisborough Green at Lowfold Waterside. More information can be found here.

There are a number of interesting walks in the County, including some easier walks in West Sussex suitable for all, including wheelchair and pushchair users, families and less mobile people. Click here for more information.

Footpath Maintenance

All footpaths in the parish are inspected once every nine months by an Access Ranger from West Sussex County Council and any maintenance issues are dealt with by a maintenance team who visit around a month later. So, all footpaths and bridleways should be in pretty good condition, but if you do encounter problems while out walking, please let the Access Rangers know on 01243 777620 or via the West Sussex County Council website.

The Parish Council also runs a small informal Footpath Group which acts as an information exchange on footpath matters. If you would like to join this group, which operates on an e-mail only basis, please email the clerk.

West Sussex Local Access Forum (WSLAF)
WSLAF is an independent official body, set up under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The Forum covers the whole of the county with the exception of the South Downs National Park which has its own Local Access Forum.

What does the Forum do?
Advises on improving public access to land for informal public recreation including for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, carriage drivers, disabled people and others.
Encourages the enjoyment and understanding of the countryside.
Considers the needs and concerns of land managers, tenants and owners.
Enhancement and conservation of the natural environment.
Works with the County Council to develop, protect and improve the rights of way network.
Broaden access to the rights of way network for everyone.

Members of the public are very welcome to join meetings, or to contact with your views and ideas. For more information please click here.