As I mentioned on my previous Bow Down blog post, I was doing March for March, Prostrate Cancer UK’s fundraising initiative to do eleven thousand steps on each day in March. I found myself on a day off on the 30th, and I’d set myself new targets for the month, to have put in over 300 miles and averaged twenty thousand steps per day for the month. And so, I needed a big day and so I set out to do the rest of Crawley’s places of worship.
It looked like an overcast day, but I set off without any jumper or jacket, thinking a lot of motion during the day would keep me warm. I went out the back of the close and along Malthouse Road, and over to go along Goff’s Park Road, before turning into Horsham Road and POW one of the day, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The early part of the walk had the POWs well spread out, and I made my way to Broadfield, cutting through Scottish Islands, and London Palaces until I came to Christ The Lord Church on the end of the Barton, a multi denomination church, with Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Evangelical services held there.
Despite the overcast day, I was warm already, so there was a stop in Poundland to get a towel, and a drink, as I’d left mine on the bookcase next to the door on the way out in my eagerness to get walking. I’d not been down the Barton for a while and so was surprised to see The Imperial is now Grand Bay a Mauritian restaurant. The walk to Broadfield Islamic Centre and Mosque wasn’t too far.
I have to wonder about Crawley BC’s approach to pedestrians. On the map it looks straightforward, go along Pelham Drive, cross at the roundabout and onto Breezehurst. But there is no footpath or crossing to be found anywhere near the roundabout, either under, over, or across the road, so I dice with death and scuttle across on the grass verges. Then I trek down to the far end of Bewbush, through all the new towns and come to the Barn Church (St Mary Magdalene) a Grade II listed building.