long man's walking guide to Sussex

A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Tag: Plumpton

Bluebells & Blackbrook Wood

Blackbrook Wood Sussex

Mid Sussex Golf Club,  Sussex Border Path & Blackbrook Wood  (PDF, Plumpton Village Action Plan Walk 10)

The Plantation, Blackbrook Wood and St Helena Farm (PDF, Plumpton Village Action Plan Walk 11)

  • 4.7 miles (walk 10), 6 miles (walk 11)
  • Fountain Inn in Plumpton Green, plus The Plough (just off the Walk 11 route, to the North of Plumpton Green)
  • many stiles, generally flat, with some gentle undulation, can get muddy after wet weather

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Sussex is full of bluebell woods and there are good trails at Arlington and Heaven Farm which charge an entrance fee, but Blackbrook Wood is just as stunning at the height of the bluebell season, whilst this walk also offers good woodland walking at any time of the year, with a profusion of bluebells, wood anemones and primroses in spring.

These two walks offer varied walking to the west of Plumpton Green, starting and finishing at Plumpton Station. The first passes via Mid Sussex Golf Club and along the Sussex Border Path, it reaches Ditchling Common before returning through lovely woodland. It is mostly on level ground and includes numerous stiles. The second walk is more to the North West taking in St Helena Farm. Both take you through Blackbrook Wood.

The Winning Post pub referred to in the leaflets didn’t win and is no more, whilst the beautifully situated Half Moon is further away to the south, nestling under the downs.

For other bluebell walks, try Butcher’s Wood near Hassocks, Patching, near Worthing, and Stanmer Park (Great Wood), near Brighton.

Walking near Plumpton

Sheep and lambs at Plumpton College - geograph.org.uk - 1768845

View towards the Downs from Plumpton College

Walking near Plumpton (South Downs National Park, PDF)

  • 5 miles
  • pubs along the route
  • many stiles, generally flat, with some gentle undulation

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A fine circular walk from Plumpton station passing Plumpton Racecourse as you head towards the Downs across fields and stiles. The agricultural Plumpton College is reached after a couple of miles, and shortly after you pass the Elizabethan Plumpton Place and the Half Moon pub with a large garden nestling under the Downs. Head back to Plumpton via East Chiltington, where the Jolly Sportsman, another good pub with a large garden, is a short diversion away.

The Winning Post pub near Plumpton station is no more.

Plumpton Walk – Hattons Green, South Chailey and Yokehurst Place

Hattons Green, South Chailey and Yokehurst Place (PDF, Plumpton Village Action Plan Walk 1)

  • 4 miles.
  • some stiles, mainly flat
  • pubs in Plumpton
  • accessible by bus (not Sundays) and train

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A lovely, circular, wooded walk to the north east of Plumpton Green, starting and finishing at Plumpton Station, a few miles away from Lewes. Passing via Hattons Green, South Chailey and Yokehurst Place, it is mostly across fields, with some farm tracks and short stretches along roads.

For more Plumpton walks in this series, see the Walk Plumpton, Plumpton Parish Council.