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 Help Us Preserve Our Local Ancient Rights of Way

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There are footpaths and bridleways crossing Sedgwick Park, Denne Park, Chesworth, West Grinstead, Knepp and beyond that have been closed by the money and power of local landowners. For centuries these have been roads, in recent times they are been popular routes that link directly with other public bridleways.  Please help us reopen them.

Calling:

  • local residents,
  • ex-local residents of the area, historians,
  • connections of the Canadian Army that were in the Horsham area during WW2,
  •  walkers,
  • riders,
  • joggers, cyclists,
  • dog-walkers,
  • rights of way enthusiasts,
  • freedom to roam supporters,
  • map collectors
  • local historians, genealogists, 
  • local drinkers who would like to walk to the pub (the Black Horse at Nuthurst,  the White Horse at Maplehurst and the Dun Horse at Mannings Heath are all recommended),
  • environmentalists.

You may hold the key to evidence about the ancient use of these tracks through West Sussex. If you have anything at all, your own recollections of using the paths, maps, documents, etc., how ever trivial, it may help us, please get in touch.

The Routes. The paths in Sedgwick that we want to  reclaim are the tracks that goes from Broadwater Lane to the Ridgeway path that goes down to Mannings Health, it is currently known as the West Drive at Sedgwick and the track known as the North Drive that is the continuation of the road that starts in Compton's Lane, includes Sedgwick Lane and links to the Bridleway that proceeds south to Copsale and Nuthurst

What You can Do to Help.. We need more evidence of the routes uses as public paths and roads. Did you ever use these tracks in the past?  Do you know others who did ? Do you know of any parish records, maps or other documents that refer to Sedgwick over the last four hundred years - or ever? Perhaps you can remember a family who lived here or had connections with the area - and that includes Horsham, Southwater, Chesworth, Copsale, Nuthurst.  Have you seen books or letters about the area? Please tell us what you know and we will follow it up. Read more

Our Endeavour So Far. Blood sweat and tears.

What You can Do to Help. We need more evidence of the routes uses as public paths and roads. Did you ever use these tracks in the past?  Do you know others who did ? Do you know of any parish records, maps or other documents that refer to Sedgwick over the last four hundred years - or ever? Perhaps you can remember a family who lived here or had connections with the area - and that includes Chesworth, Nuthurst.  Have you seen books or letters about the area? Please tell us what you know and we will follow it up.  Did you ride in the area or know people who did? The Canadian Army were stationed here in the war we are looking for anyone who has memories or records or information that refers to the roads they were improving .

Why Preserving These Ancient Routes is So Important.  These are ancient routes that belong to everyone.  These routes are more our heritage than the buildings that border them. They connect us to the countryside we live in as well as our neighbours.  They allow us to travel safely on foot or horse or cycle; the increasing speed and number of cars on the roads make these safe routes all the more important for children and adults.   They are more direct than motor roads so taking the greener, healthier alternative can also be quicker - and mean you don't have the problem of what do do with the car when you go to the pub.

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The rights of way at Sedgwick lead to a network of other paths

 

 

Roe Deer are a common sight along the paths