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A Compendium of Sussex Walks

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Hassocks, Clayton and Hurstpierpoint

Hassocks, Clayton, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks (PDF, Visit Hassocks)

Butchers Wood Hassocks

  • 5 miles circular walk
  • pub and cafes in Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint (small detour to High Street – try the New Inn), Jack and Jill at Clayton
  • accessible by bus and train

trainbuscup of tea

Easy but much of the route is likely to be muddy, particularly during the winter months, as it is mainly through low-lying farmland, where there may be animals grazing.

I would recommend diverting through Butchers Wood shortly after the start of the walk rather than sticking to the main path, especially during the spring for bluebells and wild flowers (but again often muddy).

Along the way, you will pass the castellated turrets above the entrance to Clayton Tunnel, the longest tunnel on the London to Brighton line at over 1 mile long.

With fine views towards Wolstonbury Hill and the Downs, you will also pass Danny House. In the Great Hall of this magnificent (but private) Elizabethan mansion, the terms for the armistice at the end of the First World War were drawn up and Lloyd George and his Cabinet held many meetings here.

This is Walk 4 of the ‘Circular Walks Around Hassocks’ series of walks by the Hassocks Community Partnership. See also Butcher’s Wood Walk.

 

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.

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.