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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.

 

Walks in and around Ditchling

Ditchling Walks

Ditchling Village Green
  • 3 short walks of about one hour, can be combined for longer walks.
  • some stiles, mainly flat
  • pubs and tea rooms in Ditchling and Keymer

cup of tea

These three short walks start from the village green of Ditchling, a historic downland village near Lewes, with Ditchling Beacon, the highest point on the South Downs, as its backdrop. The first walk takes you across fields and past the fine restored windmill,  Oldland Mill. You may want a half-way drink in the Thatched Inn in Keymer. There are fine views towards the downs. The second walk takes you down an old Sussex ‘green lane’ and past some of Ditchling’s fine old houses. The third walk takes you to the village playground, a good way for parents to combine a short walk with children.

The walk descriptions are a little dated, but any changes are largely cosmetic. For example, Dolly’s Pantry is now known as Ditchling Tea Rooms, and Chesterton’s is no more. The tea rooms still make a good stop as does The Bull or The White Horse.