New heritage trails for Salvington and West Durrington launch
Released: Tuesday, 23 January 2024
Residents and visitors can now take a walking tour of the heritage sites in Salvington and West Durrington thanks to funding from Worthing Borough Council's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Fund.
Worthing Heritage Alliance was awarded funding to create two heritage trail leaflets - an updated version of the previous Durrington and Salvington leaflet and a completely new trail for West Durrington.
The leaflets were written by local historian Chris Hare and can be picked up for free at Worthing Town Hall, Worthing's libraries and Worthing Museum.
A large community has developed in West Durrington since the building of new homes, motivating Chris to help people who have recently moved to the area to explore the hidden or forgotten heritage on their doorsteps. He said:
“We designed the West Durrington trail to help new residents discover more about the place they live as well as build a sense of community and belonging.
“We also want to encourage local people and visitors to rediscover the area and realise that there is heritage to be found there - not just new houses.”
The trail covers landmarks within one mile of West Durrington, including Whitebeam Woods, Clapham Woods, Castle Goring and High Salvington Windmill, and gives in depth detail on the history of each site.
Both leaflets also feature local pubs that are rich in history and may act as welcome pit stops for walkers.
“We wanted to include historic pubs to help the economy of the area and it's always nice to start or end a walk at a local pub,” Chris explained.
Once residents have completed the two new trails, they can take a look at the other free trails developed by Worthing Heritage Alliance, including Tarring Village, Highdown Gardens and Highdown Hill, Cissbury Ring, Worthing Town and Worthing's pier, parks and seafront.
Cllr Rita Garner, Worthing's Worthing's cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:
“These trail leaflets provide a fantastic way to get out and see the huge variety of heritage on our doorstep as well as a simple, free way to keep fit and healthy.”
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Photo: the new Durrington & Salvington and West Durrington trail leaflets
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