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.
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.