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Welcome to the website for Worthing Heritage Trails

Here you will find guided walks for Worthing Heritage Trails, revealing all the wonderful and unexpected aspects of our town’s heritage, including:-

• The oldest buildings
• Houses and places associated with famous people
• The beauty and ancient heritage of our Downland
• The glories of our five miles of coastline, and the rich history associated with it.
• Smuggling, the old village, royal visitors etc.
• Modern Worthing – popular culture and architecture

 

Each trail has a map and directions and information on all the sites along the route. Read all about the hidden history and the watch video clips for the fuller story.

 

You can open Worthing Heritage Trails on some smartphones and tablets, enabling you to follow the trails in Google Maps using your device's GPS, to see the sites in Google StreetView and to watch the video clips from YouTube as you walk the trails.

 


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Town Trail 1 - The Old Village and Regency Town

This trail begins at the Swan in what was once the old village of Worthing and then follows the High Street (once just 'Worthing Street'), turning into Warwick Street, the trail enters an area of Worthing that was developed as the seaside town and resort emerged following the visit of Princess Amelia in 1798. The trail continues up Chapel Road and into Union Place, returning to the Swan.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain: follows pavements and twittens - this trail should be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Guided walk...

 Click to Open Leaflet


liverpool terrace cover2Town Trail 2 - Victorian Town and Civic Pride

This trail follows a circular route around the town centre, exploring some of the best of the town's nineteenth century buildings and the social history of the time.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain: follows pavements and twittens - this trail should be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Guided walk...

 Click to Open Leaflet

 Click for Video - Location 2 : Location 3Location 7Location 8Location 9 : Location 10 : Location 11 : Location 12 : Location 13


 

edinburgh cottages coverTown Trail 3 - The Town and the Sea

This trail follows a route along the seafront, exploring aspects of the town's maritime history.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain: follows pavements and twittens - this trail should be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Guided walk...

 Click to Open Leaflet

Click for Video Location 2 : Location 4Location 5Location 11 : Location 12

 


 

beach house cover2Town Trail 4 - Parks and Gardens

This trail explores the parks and leisure areas of the town centre, including social and wartime history.
Duration: allow up to two hours
Terrain: follows pavements and twittens - this trail should be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Guided walk...

 Click to Open Leaflet

 Click for Video Location 5 : Location 10 : Location 14 & 15


beach house cover2Trail 5 - Broadwater Trail

This trail explores the village of Broadwater, including social and wartime history.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain: follows pavements - this trail should be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. 

Click to Open Leaflet

Click for Video - Location 1 : Location 11

 


beach house cover2Trail 6 - Broadwater Cemetery Trail

This trail explores the village of Broadwater, including social and wartime history.
Duration: 60 minutes
Terrain: Uneven and grass paths - some sections may be unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Click to Open Leaflet

Click for Video - Location 2 : Location 3 : Location 10 :Location 11 : Location 20

 

 


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beach house cover2Trail 7 - Tarring Trail

This trail explores historic center of the village of West Tarring, including social and wartime history.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain:Follows pavements - this trail should be suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Click to Open Leaflet

Click for Video - Location 1 : Location 1b : Location 1c : Location 1d :
  Location 5 : Location 6 : Location 7 : Location 10 

 

 

 


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beach house cover2Trail 8 - Goring Trail

This trail explores historic parts of the village of Goring, including social and wartime history.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain:Follows Pavements - except at Ilex Way where it passes along a bridle path.

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beach house cover2Trail 9 - Town Centre Pub Trail

This trail explores historic parts of the village of Goring, including social and wartime history.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain:Follows pavements and pedestrianised streets, crossing roads which may be busy with traffic at certain times of day.

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beach house cover2Trail 10 - Salvington and Durrington Trail

This trail explores historic center of the village of West Tarring, including social and wartime history.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain:Follows pavements and crosses local roads. Steep incline in places.

Click to Open Leaflet

 

 


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Cissbury Ring cover2 Trail 11 - Cissbury Ring Trail

This trail explores historic hillfort and flint mining center.
Duration: 90 minutes or 2 hours
Terrain:Follows grass, chalk and muddy paths. Steep incline, slippery in places.

Click to Open Leaflet

Click for Video - Bill Jaeger Bench : ChanctonburyCissbury 

 


 

Highdown cover2Trail 12 - Highdown Trail

History, Myth, and Beauty. This trail explores the historic hillfort and Gardens.
Duration: 90 minutes
Terrain:Follows mainly grass, some chalk and flint paths. Wet and slippery in places.

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Highdown Gardens represents the horticultural life work of Sir Fredrick Stern and his wife Sybil, who spent 50 years creating the gardens from a disused chalk pit and surrounding farm land. Stern became a passionate gardener once he started this project and his enthusiasm culminated in him being awarded the Victor Medal of Honour from the Royal Horticultural Society for his contribution to horticulture.

Highdown Gardens holds the National Collection of the Plant Introductions of Sir Fredrick Stern and contains many rare and botanically significant plants, trees and shrubs. Many some of the first of their kind planted or propagated  in this country and some still the only examples in the country today. These plants were brought back from expeditions to China and the Himalayas by the great plant hunters of the day including Kingdon-Ward, Farrer and Wilson. Recently specialists came from the Morton Arboretum in the USA to take samples of our Acer Griseum, the first planted in cultivation, as part of a worldwide study on the species.

We would very much like to highlight and inform about the horticultural heritage of Highdown Gardens both under Stern and the 40 years Chris Beardsley spent here as Head Gardener which also represents a huge more recent legacy and history of the garden.

 

 


 

Getting involved

If you are interested in getting involved in the project, finding out more about your local area or training as a volunteer to lead guided walks, please follow the link to find out more information.

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Further information

General visitor information about Worthing can be found at www.VisitWorthing.co.uk

More information about the history of Worthing can be found at

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The Worthing Heritage Trails are created by the Worthing Heritage Alliance (www.worthingheritagealliance.org.uk) and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Project Manager: Chris Hare.

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