Travelling to and from Dalesdown
Dalesdown is about 8 miles south of Horsham, and 10 miles north of Worthing, close to the A24. We are a rural location, accessed from Honeybridge Lane which runs between Dial Post (Old Barn Nursery on the A24) and Ashurst.
Please be aware that the junction of the A24 with Grinders Lane is a busy and dangerous junction. When leaving Dalesdown, we recommend that all drivers, particularly of coaches and large vehicles, turn left (towards Worthing). Drivers who wish to travel north, towards Horsham, Guildford and London, should leave the A24 at Ashington (around 2 miles) and use the roundabout before re-joining the A24 northbound.
Sat Nav is great.. but… if you’re travelling by car or coach, please be aware that in common with may rural locations, our post code covers a very large area (about 10 square miles) and consequently Sat Nav can be misleading and will not bring you direct to Dalesdown. The SatNav will direct you to the point which is geographically at the centre of our post code, which is about a mile from Dalesdown, and may encourage you incorrectly to turn into bridle paths. Please share the directions below with all members of your group who are driving to Dalesdown – including coach drivers!
Mobile Phones – Find a friend!
A quick not to say be really careful about using ‘find a friend’ technologies on your mobile phone. These can be really helpful, but they often don’t recognise any difference between roads and bridle paths. They may take you down the wrong path!
Leave the A24 at the Old Barn Nursery (near Dial Post) along the small road signposted Ashurst. After several hundred yards you will pass the Honeybridge Caravan Park. Keep left at this point and continue for nearly 1.5 miles until you reach a single track lane on the left, next to the Priors Byne Solar Farm, where you will see a Dalesdown advertising board. Drive up the lane for about half a mile to find Dalesdown on the right. Don’t turn off Honeybridge Lane until you reach the large Dalesdown signboard. (Please ignore any Sat Nav directions which suggest that you turn off at Pothill House – this is a bridle path which leads to a neighbouring Farm).
You can also get to Dalesdown from the village of Ashurst, which is on the B2145 Horsham Road, several miles south of Partridge Green. Leave Ashurst via Peppers Lane and continue for about 2.5 miles, until you reach the solar farm on your right. The lane to Dalesdown is immediately after the solar farm. This route is fine for cars, but is a single track road with limited passing places, so definitely not recommended for large minibusses or caravans, which should use the route via the A24. Coaches must avoid Ashurst and approach from the A24.
Please park in one of our car parks. Parking on the lane is not permitted in order to maintain access for agricultural vehicles.
Honeybridge Lane runs from the A24 to the village of Ashurst. It is essential that coaches arrive and leave via the A24. The section of road between Dalesdown and Ashurst is fine for cars, but not passable for coaches or long vehicles. The lane to Dalesdown may look narrow, but we have a fully accessible turning area for coaches allowing temporary parking for up to four coaches at a time. Please note our advice about coach access. including maximum coach
Getting to Dalesdown using public transport is definitely not for the faint hearted! The nearest bus stop is nearly two miles from the centre, so we recommend travelling here by car or pre-arranged transport.
Bus…. The 23 Bus runs from Horsham to Worthing, following the A24 and visiting various villages along the way. The nearest bus stops are close to the Old Barn Nursery. From there, you need to access the road which leaves the A24 at the Old Barn (signposted Ashurst). Following this road for about 1.5 miles will bring you to a small lane on the left, where you will see a Dalesdown advertising board. Walk up the lane for about half a mile to find Dalesdown on the right. (If travelling by bus, the nearest local landmark (which all the drivers will know) is the Old Barn Nursery.)
The nearest train stations are Horsham (access to Gatwick airport, London, and stations towards Portsmouth, Southampton and Bognor) or Worthing (access towards Chichester and Brighton, and some direct London services).
Cabs are readily available from both stations during day time, but can be rather expensive. It is advisable to pre-book for busy periods or late arrivals. Always check the cost before starting your journey! If you are planning arriving by cab, it is advisable to note the instructions regarding ‘driving’ above and make them available to your driver.