South Downs, Gradwell Park

What is there to see and do near Gradwell Park?

Gradwell Park is perfectly located with great connections to London, whilst still being nestled in the beautiful South Chailey countryside. There’s plenty to see and do in and around Gradwell Park so keep reading to learn more about the surrounding areas and how to find us if you have booked in to visit us.

Offering the perfect mix of town and countryside living, with the beautiful South England coastline virtually on the doorstep, is Gradwell Park. Gradwell Park is ideally situated for those looking to stimulate both body and soul.

Its location allows residents to enjoy all that the region has to offer; from the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park to the blue-flag pebble beaches of Brighton – each within around half an hour’s drive of the village. In addition to being on the doorstep of one of England’s most beautiful landscapes – the South Downs has more walking routes than any other National Park in the UK – you’re nearby Ashdown Forest famously known as the ‘home’ of Winnie The Pooh. The world-renowned opera house, Glyndebourne is a short twenty-minute drive away, so you can look forward to summer evenings spent losing yourself to exquisite arias performed in breath-taking surrounds. The historical Plumpton Racecourse is also just around the corner in neighbouring Lewes and has been the influence behind the equestrian theme of Gradwell Park’s street and building names.

Travel links from Gradwell Park

Gradwell Park is situated within the wider village setting of South Chailey, with easy road access just a mile from Mill Lane onto the A275, opening up routes to the region of East Sussex and the rest of the UK. The team at Gradwell Park operate a mini-bus service that’s arranged to transport our community members to and from places of local interest such as the local market town of Lewes, Haywards Heath or Uckfield.

LNER runs regular direct services into London Victoria Station (a 38-minute fast train when normal timetables are in place) and a 20-minute train journey with Southern Rail will take you to Brighton. All services depart from Lewes railway station, located just under six miles from the village.

Train Stations Near Gradwell Park:

Plumpton 2.8 miles 6 minutes
Cooksbridge 3.1 miles 7 minutes
Wivelsfield 5.9 miles 11 minutes

If you are travelling further afield, London Gatwick is the nearest airport, around 30 miles away, which can be reached by rail or via the A23.

What local communities could you explore?

With many local market towns to explore, its ideal location in the heart of Sussex provides a rich mix of cultural and horticultural attractions.

The nearby towns of Lewes (six miles) and Haywards Heath (seven miles) have numerous leisure and recreational facilities to enjoy; including the Lewes Golf Club, the monthly craft market at Lewes Market Tower or if you enjoy a spot of singing, the Café Choir at Trinity Church in Lewes meets every Tuesday.

Haywards Heath Leisure Centre offers swimming and classes for seniors; there’s also a Not Too Old To Stroll walking club which meets up regularly.

While a range of amenities, including a cake shop and bakery, and general store with post office can be found in the village of South Chailey itself, many more shops, pubs, library and day to day essentials are all just 10 minutes away in Lewes.

Gradwell Park is close to many leisure and cultural attractions

Just four miles from South Chailey is a hidden gem of the horse racing world. Plumpton Racecourse is one of the most successful smaller jump racecourses in the country, staging 16 National Hunt meetings from September to May.

Only 10 minutes from the village, there is the chance to experience tours and tasting at Ridgeview Wine Estate, emerging as a pioneer in the English sparkling wine industry.

Step back in time to the glorious age of steam at the Bluebell Railway at nearby Uckfield – the UK’s first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960.

Meanwhile, the 50-acre Stoneywish Nature Reserve with its walks, ponds and meadows is only five miles from South Chailey.

For a change of scenery, the historical spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is waiting to offer an abundance of chic independent shops, cafes and restaurants just 20 miles away.

And a 14-mile drive from Gradwell Park, along the A27, will take you to the bustling seaside resort of Brighton.

Offering much more than fish and chips by the seaside, trendy Brighton with its blue flag beaches, popular pier and Brighton Marina delivers everything you would expect from a day at the coast. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy at The Lanes with its collection of small shops close to the seafront or take in a show at the Theatre Royal Brighton.

Drive only 39 miles out of Gradwell Park and you will be greeted with the South Downs National Park which really does have it all – rolling hills, glorious heathland, river valleys, ancient woodland, thriving villages and market towns, and the iconic white cliffs of the Heritage Coast.

If you want to explore all that this beautiful spot in the south of England has to offer, why not book an appointment to visit Gradwell Park? We would be delighted to welcome you and tell you more about the local area. Book your visit by contacting us here. For further information on the social distancing measures we have in place to make you visit safe, please click here.

Planning a visit to Gradwell Park? Here’s how to find us…

From the M25 (travelling south)

At junction 7, take the M23(S) exit to Brighton/Gatwick Airport and merge on to the M23. At junction 9, exit towards Gatwick Airport. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the M23 slip road to London/Heathrow Airport/Dartford/M25 and merge onto the M23 heading North. Continue onto London Road and make a U-turn at Dean Lane.

From here, take a slight left onto M23. At junction 10A, exit towards Crawley/B2036 continuing straight over at the roundabout onto Balcombe Rd/B2036. At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Whitemans Green/B2036 and straight over at the next.

Take a left turn London Lane/B2184 and left again on to Broad Street/B2184. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Tylers Green/A272 and at the next roundabout, exit onto Isaac’s Lane/A272.

When you reach the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Traunstein Way/A272 and second exit at the next roundabout onto Rocky Lane/A272.

At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Fox Hill, following the B2112 (signposted Ditching/ Wivelsfield). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Green Road, then turn right into South Road – taking the first exit but staying on South Road.

Turn left onto Honeypot Lane where you will pass South Chailey Surgery. Continue past Chailey School on your right, onto Mill Lane and your arrival at Gradwell Park.

From Brighton (travelling north)

Head north on Old Steine/A23 towards Edward Street, taking a slight right onto Grand Parade/A23. Stay on the A23, heading on to Richmond Terrace/Waterloo Place/A270.

Follow the A270 which will turn slightly left and becomes Lewes Road. Merge onto Lewes Road/A27 via the slip road to Lewes and continue to follow A27. At Ashcombe Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Brighton Road/A277, turning left onto Nevill Road/A275.

Continue to follow A275 (you will pass Bevernbridge Farm and Stables and will see Chailey Free Church on the left).

Turn left onto Mill Lane and your arrival at Gradwell Park.