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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.