long man's walking guide to Sussex

A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Tag: circular walks around Hassocks

Hassocks to Ditchling via Oldland Mill

Hassocks to Oldland Mill and Ditchling Walk  (PDF, Visit Hassocks)

Oldland Mill near Hassocks and Ditchling

  • 3 miles circular walk
  • pub and cafes in Hassocks, Ditchling and Keymer.
  • accessible by bus and train

trainbuscup of tea

An easy walk with one gentle descent visiting the historic Downland village of Ditchling and the beautifully restored working mill,  Oldland Mill.  There are fine views towards the ridge of the South Downs. Some sections can be muddy in winter and after rain.

The walk is packed with refreshment possibilities. In Ditchling,  Ditchling Tea Rooms makes a good stop as do The Bull and The White Horse, whilst the Greyhound and Thatched Inn in Keymer offer the best choice of several in Hassocks and Keymer.

This is Walk 3 of the ‘Circular Walks Around Hassocks’ series of walks by the Hassocks Community Partnership.

At the start of the walk, a less urban route is to take the lane on the left hand side of Adastra Park (Adastra Grounds), and which joins Grand Avenue further up.

 

Butchers Wood, Hassocks and Keymer

Butcher’s Wood Walk (PDF, Visit Hassocks)

Butchers Wood Hassocks

  • 2 miles circular walk
  • pub and cafes in Hassocks, Greyhound in Keymer .
  • accessible by bus and train

trainbuscup of tea

An easy, mainly level stroll, through Butchers Wood with fine views of the Downs. Butchers Wood is managed by the Woodland Trust and lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ancient oak woodland is complimented by hazel, bluebells and other flora. The wood is particularly lovely in the Spring..

Butchers Wood and the fields in the second half of the walk can be muddy in winter and following wet weather.

This is Walk 1 of the ‘Circular Walks Around Hassocks’ series of walks by the Hassocks Community Partnership.

 

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

trainbuscup of tea

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

trainbuscup of tea

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.