About the Place - Mid Sussex Walking Trails
About the Place is a walking and public art project which aims to encourage residents and visitors to get outdoors and enjoy the scenic Mid Sussex countryside.
Using the Public Right of Way network, the Council has mapped a 38-mile walking trail (in seven sections) plus seven circular walks which pass through the picturesque towns and villages of Lindfield, Ansty, Bolney, Handcross, Balcombe, Crawley Down, East Grinstead, West Hoathly and Sharpthorne.
The start and end points of most of the walks will be identified by eight carved oak waymarkers which are currently being handmade by West Sussex sculptor Janine Creaye (http://www.sculptureform.co.uk/). We will publish a link to the full walking routes when the waymarkers are installed in early Spring 2024.
Janine trained at the University of Northumbria and the Chelsea School of Art and she has exhibited widely. The waymarkers will all be unique with local themes and history and each one will include a wyvern/dragon to represent the legendary Sussex past and the ancient charcoal burning sites of the Wealden iron industry.
The project has been funded through Section 106 developer contributions received by the Council in respect of new housing developments in the Disrict.
The Council has worked with the following project partners and landowners to develop the project - Ansty Village Centre Trust, Balcombe Parish Council, East Grinstead Town Council, Lindfield Parish Council, Slaugham Parish Council, West Hoathly Parish Council, Worth Parish Council, West Sussex County Council, Mid Sussex Ramblers.