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Heathy Wood is just 30 miles outside London and is really well connected and very accessible. It is situated adjacent to Junction 10 of the M23 and 9 miles from Junction 7 of the M25. The main vehicle access is via a new roundabout, which will be built on the A264.

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Local Area

Nearby is the sociable village of Copthorne, and the lively carnival, which has been running every year for over half a century, is a major event where the streets play host to floats, dancers and colourful characters as well as a selection of stalls and games.

There are lots of sports teams to get involved with all year round, as well as horse riding, Tulleys Farm, Copthorne Golf Club and a polo club. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in which to unwind, perhaps after a stroll around Ashdown Forest or Ardingly Reservoir.

With Brighton only 25 miles to the south, Heathy Wood is the perfect balance of rural living with the bright lights of the city easily within reach.

Green Spaces

Within the site itself there are many areas of green space for play and recreation. With expanses of grassy areas surrounded by woodland, a brook running through the site and a play park and allotment to the north of Heathy Wood, the joys of the outdoors are right on your doorstep.

While Heathy Wood has easy access to London, it boasts the open countryside and natural beauty inherent to Mid Sussex. Nature walks and trails cut through and surround the site, including the Worth Way, the Bluebell Railway and the Ashdown Forest.

Leisure & Recreation


There’s plenty of wildlife making a home for themselves at Heathy Wood too. The woodland is a perfect habitat for badgers, bats and birds – you may even be lucky enough to spot a woodpecker high up in the trees.

St. Modwen consults ecological experts to ensure that Heathy Wood is a sustainable habitat for its inhabitants. Dormice – nocturnal and arboreal animals that live in the canopy of the ancient woodlands – need good tree, shrub and hedgerow connectivity. St. Modwen is therefore building a dormouse bridge across the Burstow stream, retaining links between the two ancient woodlands for the mammals to secure the seasonal variety of food they need.

A leisurely walk or 15-minute cycle to the east of Heathy Wood, you’ll find Hedgecourt, an ancient mill pond and the largest body of semi-natural open water in east Surrey and a haven for local wildlife. Just 10 minutes down the road you can visit The British Wildlife Centre, offering educational school visits and open days for a perfect family day out.


For those perhaps who prefer staying warm indoors than getting outdoors, within 3 miles of Heathy Wood you’ll find two theatres, the Archway Theatre and The Hawth each with fantastic listings all year round. For people more interested in being centre stage, you can join the Copthorne Players who perform at local venues in the area.

Copthorne runs an annual carnival in the village offering an array of local arts and entertainment, and a procession throughout the village that is a highlight of the local calendar and a social get-together for the community.


Heathy Wood residents are spoilt for choice with local eateries and pubs to quench your thirst after a day out in the countryside. Enjoy the wide range of pubs serving traditional British classics and the many restaurants and cafés within a stone’s throw of Heathy Wood.

The Prince AlbertThe Cherry Tree, and Olivers Coffee and Wine are all within 30 minute’s wander from Heathy Wood, and further afield you’ll find the popular Curious Pig in the Parlour which is worth the slightly longer trip.


Heathy Wood is not just built for adults. Kids are spoilt for choice for places to play; not only will there be the playgrounds within Heathy Wood but you can visit the Copthorne Bank Playground just north of the development, as well as local Skate Parks in Copthorne Recreation Ground and the Haven, Crawley Down.

We’re lucky to be situated just 5 minutes’ walk from Gatwick FootGolf, a purpose built 18-hole FootGolf course that the kids will love (and you won’t be able to resist either!)


You are spoilt for choice with the Public Rights of Way that surround Heathy Wood, providing leisurely walking routes for that Sunday stroll, or shorter ambles to Copthorne centre or south towards Three Bridges.

The wider local area offers a range of routes for walking, running and cycling from your doorstep. A network of shared-use paths near the site provide a number of pleasant walks, particularly the 7 mile Worth Way that links Three Bridges to East Grinstead then onto the Forest Way along an old railway line, which can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders alike.

Take a look at our Masterplan for more ideas and ways you can get out and about around Heathy Wood.