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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...

 


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Town 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...

 

 


 

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Town 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...

 

 


 

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Town 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...

 

 


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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