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