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Easter Saturday 11 Mile South Downs Hike - 30th March

Join us for an 11 mile Easter Saturday hike along the South Downs Way with spectacular views over the Downs and out to sea. Our route takes us to Jack and Jill and then past pretty dew ponds high along the ridge. There is a castle and medieval bowling green before we finish in Lewes and may visit a nice pub before the train home.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and Jill, pictured above are two restored working windmills: Jill, in the foreground, is a post mill originally built in Dyke Road Brighton, in 1821. She was moved to her current home in 1852 by a team of horses and oxen. Jack, background, is a five storey tower mill built in 1856 and worked with Jill until 1907. Unusually Jack has a male name  - almost every other mill in the country is considered female. Both mills are still capable (on a windy day) of producing stone ground flour, typically from local wheat. 

Some more details:

We will meet at Victoria Railway Station from 09:00 on Saturday morning. I will be there a little bit early and will be wearing the usual lime green hoodie. Our train leaves at 09:51 and arrives into Hassocks at 10:41.

The walk is about 11 miles, often high on a ridge, but not particularly challenging.

We should be finished by about 4.30 and with trains regularly back to London those in a hurry could be back in town for 6pm. (Return trains - Lewes to Victoria at 20 and 50 mins past the hour)

There is a £4 cash charge for this walk, just pay Tom on the day.

Train ticket cost is £25.70 but if you sign up for the hike we promise to get you into a foursome for the half price group saver at £12.85.

There is a loo stop at the half way and remember to bring a packed lunch and some money for food and/or a beer at the end.

Please note there are risks associated with all outdoor activities. This is an eleven mile hike and although we are not one of the fastest groups we ask that you are reasonably fit and have suitable clothing and footwear for the walk. Also please avoid doing anything that would put you or other members of the group in danger.

I will post a weather forecast the night before.

 

 

Hope you can come

 

Tom

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  • Maria

    This might be a bit cheeky, but seeing as we were talking about it, and it is for charity, I thought I'd give you the option to please give a few pounds to help motivate me to get on the plane and keep on putting one foot in front of the other for the 12 days that I'm trekking to Everest Base Camp.

    As well as the trekking and altitude sickness, we'll also be contending with no hot water = no showers/hair washing - ick!!, no electricity, a diet of lentils and rice (WTF!!!!), incredibly basic sleeping conditions. Surely that deserves a few pounds!

    I'm trying to raise £500 for each of my chosen charities and still have a little way to go... Note that I am funding the trip myself so everything that you donate will go directly to the charities.

    LIMBLESS ASSOCIATION:
    http://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Riley-EverestBaseCampChallenge2

    THE ALTZEIMER'S SOCIETY:
    http://www.justgiving.com/Maria-Riley-EverestBaseCampChallenge

    Thank you in advance

    April 2, 2013

  • Bliss

    Lovely walk, great people and very well organised! Thank you Tom and Louise.

    March 31, 2013

  • Marie-Dominique

    Nice group of people, nice walk with cute little sheeps ;) Thanks Tom and Louise! See you all soon

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful walk. Really want to go back to the little pub we passed. Cute as! Looking forward to another walk.

    March 31, 2013

  • Barbara

    Fantastic day. Thank you Louise and Tom for organising another great day out. Look forward to seeing everyone again next month.

    March 31, 2013

  • Chris J.

    Thanks Tom and Louise for another awesome walk! Great group of people and nice to meet some new faces. Catch you all soon!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again for another excellent walk. Enjoyed the great views from up on the downs and all the friendly people. Cheers.

    March 31, 2013

  • mattie

    Great walk with with lots of fun people. Thanks Tom and Louise, thanks all.

    March 31, 2013

  • Shereen

    Awesome hike and lots of great people. Thanks Tom and Louise for organizing. Had fun and look forward to more

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    T'was a great way to spend the Easter Saturday - lets see great organising by Tom and Louise, great company and even better... a great walk. Thanks Tom, Louise and to all the rest. Now to rest my tired limbs..... ;-)

    March 30, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Lovely day out and great to meet you all. Hope to catch you at another hike

    March 30, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Really nice bunch of people! Thanks for helping me complete this "easy" (?) walk! Ben Nevis, are you ready for me?!

    March 30, 2013

  • Maria

    Ha ha, only joking - great day guys, new hiking gear was well tested with the cold winds, lovely bunch of people again and well organised pub stops - thanks Tom and Louise! See you soon. x

    March 30, 2013

  • Maria

    S'alright! ;-)

    March 30, 2013

  • Jhonny

    Amazing time, Amazing people, Amazing all thanks everybody

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Jeremy

    I'll meet you at hassocks today as down that way already.

    March 30, 2013

    • Lou

      See you at the station Jeremy. We are due to arrive at 1040.

      March 30, 2013

  • Lou

    Victoria. Please send me you mobile number and we'll arrange to meet you. Lou

    March 30, 2013

  • Lou

    Victoria. We're on the train!

    March 30, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Where in Victoria station please?

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really sorry for this last mimute cancellation but I won't be able to make it now, sorry and I hope you all have a fab day!

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I can't make this walk anymore. Hope to catch another soon.

    March 30, 2013

  • Geanina

    Hi Tom,

    I'm sorry but I can no longer make it to this one. Have fun today!


    Geanina

    March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very sorry that my plans have changed and I will not be able to join you.

    March 29, 2013

  • Tom

    Hello

    Hoping to answer some questions!
    Mithun, see you at Victoria
    Andrea and Cammie, membership should be sorted and there is space for tomorrow
    Meet point is in the main train station by the ticket office. I wear a lime green hoodie and am easy to spot

    See you all in the morning

    Thanks

    Tom

    March 29, 2013

  • Tom

    Tomorrow's weather reminder.......... It should be a dry day, no rain, with a top temperature of 6c. There will be cloudy skies at first but the sun should come out later!

    Please remember to bring a warm coat

    March 29, 2013

  • Tom

    Hi everyone, tomorrow's weather forecast.....

    It should be a dry day, no rain, with a top temperature of 6c. There will be cloudy skies at first but the sun should come out later!

    Best wishes Tom

    March 29, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry have to pull out...

    March 29, 2013

  • Faith A

    Sorry. Wasnt able to get all my hiking gear so cant come.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Tom I was looking forward to my first hike with you guys but I put my back out this morning! Will try to be there next time. Jane

    March 29, 2013

  • Jhonny

    My guest cancel at last minute

    March 29, 2013

  • Michelle

    Really sorry - I can't make this now. Have a good time and hope to see you soon. Michelle

    March 29, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry I can't make it now.

    March 29, 2013

  • Kin-King T.

    Such a shame, had a call to do a work shift on Saturday. Enjoy the hike guys.

    March 29, 2013

  • Faith A

    Hey. I am coming.

    March 29, 2013

  • Shereen

    Bringing a friend

    March 28, 2013

  • Faith A

    Hi! I would like to come on this walk but I won't be purchasing my hiking gear, I.e. boots, waterproofs, etc. until tomorrow. Do you have to break in hiking boots?

    March 27, 2013

  • Anton

    have to drop this time, as had made other plans before the numbers were extended.

    March 27, 2013

  • Julia

    Hi Tom, sorry I can not join you on Saturday. Have a good one and hopefully next time.. HAppY Easter!

    March 27, 2013

  • Kimbley

    Sorry, Tom. I wouldn't make it this time. Hope join you soon.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet you guys at Hassocks train station as live down this way.

    March 27, 2013

  • Cath

    hi Tom,
    I would like to join you on the walk. I will already be down in SUssex visiting my mum so dont want to go back up to London. Could I meet you somewhere other than Victoria?
    Maybe at Hassocks station or some point of the walk?
    Thanks,
    Cathy

    March 16, 2013

    • Tom

      Hi Cathy, That's fine. Just meet us at Hassocks train station. Tom

      March 17, 2013

    • Cath

      Hi Tom, Sorry, I am dropping out of the walk on Saturday. Hope to join you for another one soon. Have a great day! Cathy

      March 27, 2013

  • Marie-Lyne

    I'm hoping to make the next one though. Have fun.

    March 26, 2013

  • Tom

    Hello everyone. I've put the numbers up a bit, but if you cant make it please remember to let us know.

    Thanks

    Tom

    March 26, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi there - looking forward to this. I live in Brighton so will meet you at Hassocks at 10.41 - see you there! Michelle

    March 24, 2013

    • Tom

      Thanks for the update Michelle. We will find you at Hassocks station. Tom

      March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are Americans hoping to join y'all for a lovely Easter Saturday walk.

    March 24, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Enjoy yourselves!

    March 21, 2013

  • Cath

    I love the south downs and very excited about the windmills. Aim to do more walking and get fitter!

    March 18, 2013

  • Julia

    I might bring a friend

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly i cant but was there last week.Amazing views!

    March 15, 2013

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