long man's walking guide to Sussex

A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Category: Mid Sussex Walks (page 2 of 2)

Mid Sussex has many excellent walks. Much of the northern part of the district is in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whilst the southern most part is in the South Downs National Park, including famous landmarks, the Jack and Jill windmills and Devil’s Dyke. The High Weald offers classic English countryside, and there are several botanically rich gardens in the region – Nymans, Wakehurst Place, Borde Hill and High Beeches.

Hassocks to Wolstonbury Walk

Jack and Jill windmills from Wolstonbury Hill

Jack and Jill from Wolstonbury Hill

Wolstonbury Walk (PDF, Visit Hassocks)

  • 5 miles circular walk
  • one steep climb to the top of the hill
  • pub and cafe in Hassocks, Jack and Jill pub at Clayton.
  • accessible by bus and train

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Wolstonbury Hill was a bronze age encampment and juts out from the main ridge of the downs to provide excellent views over the Weald and along the downs, as well as towards Brighton and the sea. This is Walk 5 of the ‘Circular Walks Around Hassocks’ series of walks by the Hassocks Community Partnership. The bridleway at point 3 is often very muddy.

Jack and Jill Windmills Walk

Clayton Church

Hassocks Jack and Jill Walk (PDF, Visit Hassocks)

  • 4 miles circular walk
  • one steep climb to top of downs
  • pubs, cafes and toilet in Hassocks, Jack and Jill pub at Clayton.
  • accessible by bus and train

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A Short Walk of 4 miles (6.4km) from Hassocks Railway Station and on to the South Downs to visit  the Jack and Jill Windmills high above the small hamlet of  Clayton. Make sure you visit the church of St John the Baptist in Clayton to see its rare 12th century wall paintings, painted by monks from Lewes Priory.

This is Walk 2 of the ‘Circular Walks Around Hassocks’ series of walks by the Hassocks Community Partnership. Walk 1 covers some of the same ground and features Butcher’s Wood, a lovely wood, especially in Spring when its floor is carpeted with bluebells and wood anemones.

Pyecombe Circular

Saddlescombe Farm

Saddlescombe Farm

Pyecombe Circular

  • 7 miles, 3 and a half hours
  • steep climbs and slopes
  • pub at Pyecombe,  tea rooms at Saddlescombe Farm
  • accessible by bus

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Circular walk on the Downs near Brighton from Pyecombe on the A23. Once away from the road, the walk passes through woods and fine open downland, taking in Newtimber Hill, Saddlescombe Farm  and  the southern slopes of Devil’s Dyke. Saddlescombe Farm is a National Trust owned hidden hamlet in the Downs with 1000 years of history. Pop by the seasonal Hiker’s Rest on the farm for tea and cake, before moving on back to Pyecombe, where you can enjoy a pint and a Pizza in the Plough.

The Chattri and the Windmills

Jill Mill on the South Downs

Jill Mill on the South Downs

The Chattri and the Windmills (Brighton & Hove City Council, PDF)

The Chattri (South Downs National Park, PDF)

  • variety of walking routes to choose from – about 5 miles from Patcham to Jack and Jill windmills and back
  • some steep climbs on some of the walks
  • pub and tea rooms in Patcham. Pub at Pyecombe.
  • accessible by bus

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The first of these leaflets is Part of Brighton and Hove Council’s excellent  ‘Downs on Your Doorstep’ series and details walking options for exploring the Downs north of Brighton, including the Chattri –  a downland memorial for Indian soldiers who died in the first world war, and the iconic Jack and Jill windmills sitting high on the downs above the village of Clayton. You can start walks from Patcham on the northern edge of Brighton, Ditchling Road on the way to Ditchling Beacon or the downland village of Pyecombe.

The South Downs National Park leaflet details a 3.75m walk from Patcham, and also includes a walk in nearby Stanmer Park.

 

 

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