A new home, and new ways to get around; your guide to travel choices at Kilnwood Vale.
Kilnwood Vale is a new development with around 2,500 homes to be built over the coming years and we are in the second of five phases over which the site will be built.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and the wider community by addressing the needs of the people who live in and around Kilnwood Vale with supporting services and facilities. We want a community that has sustainability built to its core and one of our ways of supporting, you, the resident, is through providing real sustainable transport choices for your everyday life. Your new neighbourhood has been specifically designed to ensure it is safe and easy for you to travel using sustainable methods of transport such as bus, walking and cycling.
In order to help tackle issues including climate change and our own health, it is important to help lower carbon emissions by reducing car use and increasing the number of sustainable journeys we make.
Walking is a great way to get around Kilnwood Vale, Horsham, Crawley and the surrounding areas. It is Government recommendation to exercise at least 30 minutes a day; five times a week and you could easily do this by regularly walking.
Not only is it free but walking regularly keeps you healthy; making it good for you and good for the environment too.
Most key amenities and facilities are accessible by walking from Kilnwood vale as well as a number of attractions and interesting places to visit.
This includes existing primary and secondary schools, local centres, shops, community centres and medical care – all within walking distance.
Information about walking, maps, routes and walkways around Horsham and the surrounding area can be found in this section.
In Your Area
There are a range of services/facilities within walking distance of your new home. A list of some of the locations you can walk to can be found on the interactive map in the ‘out and about’ section.
1. Dorsten Square, Bewbush, Crawley – approx. 25 minute walk – >
The medical centre offers a range of services from general check-up to specialist clinics. To walk, follow the footway within the site that runs parallel to Crawley Road/A264 onto Chetwood Road. Keep straight onto Howard Road and take the first left onto Francis Edwards Way. Turn left onto Sullivan Drive and take the Bewbush Underpass to Bewbush Drive. The medical centre will be on your left. There is also a dental practice and pharmacy conveniently located in the same area.
2. Bewbush Medical Centre, Bewbush Place, Bewbush – approx. 25 minute walk
3. The Bewbush Academy – approx. 25 minute walk.
4. Bewh Green, Crawley, West Sussex – approx. 40 minute walk.
Joining a walking club is a fun and social way to get involved and participate in a range of walks and routes. Below are a few walking clubs you may wish to join.
Horsham Health Walks
These health walks offer three different levels of difficulty, to help you maintain a good level of fitness – and they are FREE!
For more information visit their website at: www.horsham.gov.uk/leisure/
or contact the Horsham Health Walks Co-ordinator at community.development@
Sussex Young Walkers Group
A walking group for 20-40 year olds, the Sussex Young Walkers Group enjoy the fantastic landscapes of East and West Sussex. Most walks include a pub stop and a picnic in the summer months.
For more information visit their website at: www.sussex-young-walkers.org.uk
Managed by experienced guide Bridget Glynne-Jones, B-Footloose offers guided and unguided walks for charities, business groups and private individuals.
The Crawley Ramblers
Walking for enjoyment and exercise, the Crawley Ramblers are a mixed age walking group with a range of interesting walking programmes.
For more details see their website at: www.crawleyramblers.org.uk
With some of the most beautiful countryside in England, and a number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, West Sussex is one of the most wooded counties in the country. And it is all readily on your doorstep to explore. Whether you wish for a quiet stroll or an adventurous hike through the woods there are plenty of routes to discover. Below are a few popular routes:
For more information visit www.crawley.gov.uk/greenways or www.westsussex.gov.uk/walking
Beat the traffic by cycling to work or school, whilst keeping healthy and helping the environment all at the same time.
There are a number of excellent cycle routes, bridleways and trails in your area to help you cycle easily and safely to your destination.
See below for a map of cycle routes in Horsham and the surrounding area:
There is an excellent bus network operating in Crawley and Horsham which provides frequent and good value bus travel 7 days a week.
We are delighted to announce that the existing No. 200 bus service, operated by Metrobus, has been diverted into Kilnwood Vale.
The No. 200 departs from Kilnwood Vale at 0412, 0442, 0512 and 0612, Monday to Sunday, with a total journey time of around 30 minutes to Gatwick Airport. These are times to fit in with the main early morning Gatwick shift start times, As well as travelling to Gatwick North and South Terminals the No. 200 serves Manor Royal Business Park. This new service follows the successful diversion of the Metrobus No. 23 into Kilnwood Vale last year. The No. 23 provides a dedicated and regular service (every 30 mins) between Worthing, Horsham and Crawley via Dorsten Square.
Dorsten Square is the neighbourhood centre of the adjoining area of Bewbush and provides a range of shopping facilities and amenities and is also a local bus interchange hub.
Metrobus have an excellent fleet of vehicles fitted with GPS and CCTV for your safety and security. The buses are also easily accessible for buggies and wheelchair users.
For more information on bus services in the area, see below. Alternatively visit the Metrobus website at www.metrobus.co.uk
The Service 23 Metrobus running from Kilnwood Vale provides a direct service to Horsham Rail Station and Crawley bus station, which is located approximately 100m from Crawley Rail Station.
The new No. 23 service is timed to connect with London trains in the morning and evening peak hours. The nearest railway stations to Kilnwood Vale are Ifield located to the north east and Faygate located to the south west. Ifield railway station is an approximately 20 minute cycle ride or a 40 minute walk away.
West Sussex County Council have also introduced plans to enhance the bus and taxi interchange and walking and cycling access at Horsham Rail Station forecourt to make it easier for you to travel sustainably.
Train services in the West Sussex area are provided by Southern Railway.
Plan your journey online at www.southernrailway.com
or contact them on 0845 127 9290 or at PO BOX 3021, Bristol, BS2 2BS
You can use your Kilnwood Value Travel Voucher worth £100 towards buying a rail season ticket.
Buy online for the lowest fares plus there are no booking or credit card fees.
For the latest offers go to www.southernrailway.com/offers/offers
Taxis & Cars
Kilnwood Vale by car
Sharing a trip with a friend, neighbour or colleague is a good way to help cut your travel costs. If you don’t know anyone personally to share your journey with, why not join a car share scheme?
Car Hires and Car Club Schemes are good way of getting around without the need of owning or maintaining your own car – reducing your own costs and the cost of individual car use to the environment. Here you will find information on car hire in the West Sussex area and the opportunity to initiate car sharing journeys in the Residents Forum.
West Sussex Car Share Scheme
West Sussex Car Share provides a free matching service for all those who live, work and travel in and around the county as well as doing longer journeys to other locations – and joining is free! For more information visit: westsussexcarshare.liftshare.com
This site matches you up with potential partners as a driver or passenger. By sharing your commute with just one other person the average car sharer can save nearly £1000 per year!
The website is a safe, secure and easy method of searching for a car share partner. Simply enter your journey details and you can search for those making similar trips to you. Keep in mind that you do not need to car share every day. If you are considering sharing with someone for the first time arrange to meet in a public place first and remember there is no on-going commitment to share your journeys if the arrangement does not continue to work for you.
Online shopping is a great way to have your groceries delivered without the need to make a trip. All major supermarkets offer this service and it can be a real way to save money as you can monitor the cost of your shopping all the way through the process, from the comfort of your own home.