High Weald

Introduction: Although it is little more than 2 miles to Buchan Country Park from Crawley town centre as the crow flies, it's easy to leave behind the hustle and bustle by exploring the 170 acres of woodland, heath and meadow.

Location: 2 miles from the centre of Crawley.

What can I do? An ideal place for walking, wildlife watching or enjoying a picnic, Buchan Country Park has plenty to offer. Lose yourself amongst the birch trees, wander around the heath and linger in the meadow.

What can I see? In spring and summer carpets of bluebells and patches of foxgloves.  At quiet times roe deer are regularly seen.  Watch for reptiles such as grass snake and adder on the heathland.

What can I hear? Nightjar on summer evenings and in the spring, newly arrived migrants such as chiff chaff and willow warbler.

Information available: A trail guide is pdf available here (331 KB)  to help you explore Buchan Country Park.

Grid reference: TQ245346(OS Map)
OS Map: 134 (Explorer 1:25,000)
Opening times: Open all year, dawn to dusk
Prices: Free

Nearest train station: Ifield, (mainline) is 1.5 miles.
Nearest NCN route: Route 20 is 2 miles.

Where can I park? There is parking for 80 cars by the Visitor centre.

Where can I get further information? West Sussex County Council has a website page.