Jack and Jill (and Liz and Phil) South Downs Way Jubilee Hike

Join us for an 11 mile Jubilee Hike along the South Downs Way with spectacular views over the Downs and out to sea. There are windmills, icecreams, a castle, royalty, a pub in the middle and a pub at the end. A second attempt for our regular readers - not to be missed!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Liz and Phil, pictured above, are our Queen and her husband The Duke of Edinburgh. This weekend they are celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, an international celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries upon the death of her father, King George VI.

Queen Victoria in 1897 is the only other monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to have reached a Diamond Jubilee.

 

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, if I can find a Union Flag I will be carrying that too. Our train leaves at 09:51.

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.

The walk is free to join but remember to bring a packed lunch and some money for food and/or a beer at the end.

The train costs £24.10, but when you get to the station we will join into four's for the half price group saver, (£12.05)

Best to have some sunscreen for this one too. Will post a weather forecast the night before.

 

Hope you can come

 

Tom

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  • Ludmila

    Thanks for a lovely walk, Tom.

    June 8, 2012

  • iain

    Thank you Tom for organising a great walk,good pace,good company and good weather.A lovely day out with lovely people.

    June 4, 2012

  • Tatiana

    Beautiful day. Great walk, thank you Tom

    June 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip and people as always! Even the weather was ideal for hiking. Thanks Tom for organising!

    June 4, 2012

  • Tom

    Enjoyed this one. Think it's going to be one of my summer favorites.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Tom, for all of your work.
    Wish everybody would keep up.

    June 3, 2012

  • Simon K

    Good walk, good weather, good people. Thanks Tom for organising.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice landscape, some bird watching and gr8 people, plus it was sunny in the end of the day!

    June 3, 2012

  • loveangel

    nice ambiance along the way and of course the south downs is scenic too

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Tom for organizing. Nice people, perfect weather, good walk. Had a very nice time.

    June 3, 2012

  • Patricia

    I had a great time. Looking forward to see the group pictures.

    June 3, 2012

  • Eva

    Lovely walk and lovely group. It was just the right temperature for hiking. Thank you Tom for organizing it and thank you everybody who attended for making it a great hike.

    June 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exhilarating day walking the South Downs - great walk in good walking weather... Thank you, Tom, for being such a kind and considerate guide!

    June 2, 2012

  • loveangel

    tom's absolutely right about the weather forecast it's sunny in the south downs http://www.myweather2.com/Hill-and-Mountain/United-Kingdom/South-Downs.aspx raining in london so good idea to head out of town in this direction, see y'all at victoria in a while

    June 2, 2012

  • Tom

    See you all tomorrow........

    June 1, 2012

  • Daniele

    Hi All, another newbie. I'll be at Victoria station at 9am. See you there!

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tom

    I will be at Hassocks - see ya.... ! Should be a fun day :)

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tom. I emailed you privately a couple of days back. Try again.
    I will be at Victoria. I have my own ticket - so I'll be arriving not much before departure. I know you, I know Victoria station - so I can't go wrong this time.... I'll find you (or the platform or the train).

    June 1, 2012

  • Tom

    There's been a few questions over transport but please see comment number three in the list. I'm looking out for William, Motty, Steen and Ginette at Hassocks. If you can't make it would you mind posting this evening? Sheri I'm going to put the numbers at 63 as seems a bit silly for one person to miss out and there are usually a few who can't come at last minute.

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great stuff, I'm a newbie too, see you all there!

    June 1, 2012

  • Tom

    For clarity over the meet point. I will be stood inside Victoria Station by the ticket office. This is the mainline station and I will be wearing a lime green hooded top. Please don't worry about missing the group, there will be a lot of us there and you will see us easily. Also please be in good time as it may be busier than usual because of the Jubilee.

    June 1, 2012

  • Tom

    Hello, Weather forecast for tomorrow: During the day should be 15-18C, light wind, clouds but no rain. Showers in the evening but we will be in the dry by then. Maybe pack a jacket as well as your packed lunch just in case...

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Done. I will meet you there at 9am tomorrow. Pray for sunshine!

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all! I am new to this group too. I would suggest to pull together next Thorntons kiosk, in front of the ticket office, here you can find the map http://www.networkrail.co.uk/documents/For%20Passengers/Station%20Maps/4510_Victoria%20Station%20Map.pdf
    Stefano

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    John, Josi
    Says at the top:
    "Tom will be stood inside Victoria Station by the ticket office"
    This is the mainline (ground level) station. Map of the station:
    http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/sjp/VIC/plan.html?rtnloc=VIC

    June 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I am new too... so would love some hand holding about meeting at Victoria & phone number. My number is 07860942255. Meet you all tomorrow! Best, Josi

    June 1, 2012

  • John R.

    Hi I am new to the group and will be attending. Where do you meet at Victoria and is there a mobile phone number to get hold of you. Looking forward to it. John

    June 1, 2012

  • Carles Pina i E.

    windmills, icecreams, a castle, royalty, a pub in the middle and a pub at the end -> is there any ping pong table on the way? If some I'd get two bats :-)
    See you there!

    May 30, 2012

  • Tom

    Hello, thanks to those who updated, I have put numbers up a bit so all those on waiting list can come.

    May 29, 2012

  • Tom

    Spaces: There's a few people on the waiting list now so if you can't make it would you mind changing your status? This means people waiting just get moved up automatically. I would rather not make the group size too much bigger as someone will have to help me count the higher numbers...

    May 28, 2012

  • Tom

    Transport Q's: We are getting the 09:51 from Victoria which arrives into Hassocks at 10:41. The return journey is from Lewes and there are trains back twice per hour. If you want to meet us at Hassocks this is no problem but best to get there a little ahead of us if you can. At the moment I am looking out for Motty, Steen and Ginette at Hassocks Train Station.

    May 28, 2012

  • Tom

    Motty I've emailed you.

    Walked the route today. Really sunny, be good if its like this Saturday.

    May 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tom

    I'll be joining the train at East Croydon. Which station are we travelling to?

    May 27, 2012

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