Envy With Ifield Green

Kev Neylon
10 min readFeb 28, 2022

I’ve just about gotten my head around having Wednesday as our non-working day. But no alarm on hump day is good and it looked sunny and bright out. It had been a while since we’d had a Crawley wander, but by the time we got out in the early afternoon the sun had been replaced by cloud and the threat of rain.

We had decided to head for Ifield village and green, scoping out a route for a summer walk to the Plough with friends for a pub lunch. Starting out we headed over the Brighton Road, and I resisted the temptation to take photos looking each way from the footbridge. The road below looks more like it was a railway cutting than a road, and it must be the embankment either side and the greenery that encourages all the idiots to act like it’s a country lane and fly down there at well above the 30mph speed limit.

We cut through Southgate down to the path alongside A23 (I typed “the lake” automatically there, “The Snake” being in my head), before crossing over before Cheals’ roundabout, being in Broadfield for a hundred yards or so, before crossing again into Gossops Green, taking a long distance shot of Buckswood in the garden centre, and then joining the path along the stream (water, but no lake) by Holy Trinity school.

Bluebells and crocuses are out alongside the path adding some variation to the green and brown of the late winter. The path ends and pops us out across from the car park for the mill pond. For the walk along there we were watched by a line of crows, reminiscent of crows on the wall in Game of Thrones.

A single tree was in full white blossom, and there was plenty of variety to the bird life around the mill pond, including a pair of pure white doves, who flew off at pace when I pointed the camera in their direction and tried to click them.

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Kev Neylon

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