Hassocks to Lewes, Jack and Jill windmills Ditchling Beacon, South Downs Way

This walk takes us along the South downs trail, from the town of Hassocks past Jack and Jill windmills over Ditchling Beacon and Black Cap to the pretty town of Lewes.

Meeting point, We will be meeting 09.15 at London bridge station in front of the departure boards near platform 12. we will be taking the 09.42 train arriving in Hassocks at 10.36.

Cost  train fare £4.75 organiser fee £5 total £9.75 (I cannot guarantee you will be in a group of 4, See below.)

Walk details, This is a moderate walk 18km 12 miles. approximately 5 1/2 hours of walking on good paths with a couple of steep ascents. 

What to bring, http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Kit_List%27s/

Leaving Hassosks Station we follow a path along the railway until it joins the Clayton tunnel with it's Victorian castleated towers. We turn east and start our ascent of the downs passing the Jack and Jill windmills. We continue up to a ridge of chalk and grassland where we will be afforded panoramic views inland and out to the sea and the south coast.

The trail climbs over the second highest point on the south Downs, Ditchling Beacon, once an Iron age hill fort and used as a beacon that gave warning of the Spanish Armada. Continuing east we pass Plumpton Plantation and climb Black Cap before descending and following the River Ouse to the gates of the Norman castle which lead us into the Medieval high street of Lewes. We can stop for a drink (optional) then take the train back to London.

Terms and conditions.                                                                  http://www.meetup.com/GO-London/pages/Terms_And_Conditions/

Group Tickets.
Group tickets are normally available for groups of 3 or 4 adults traveling together As you arrive at the meeting place I will send you as groups to the ticket office. Please arrive early as it cannot be guaranteed that we will have complete groups of 3 or 4. In these circumstances e.g. 2 persons or less you will unfortunately have to pay full fare

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  • Jane B.

    For those of you I chatted to about the Camino here's the blog I've started pilgrimjane.blogspot.com. Thanks again for the awesome preparation!

    2 · February 25, 2014

    • Jane B.

      Oops! Wrong address! Try janepilgrim.blogspot.com­

      1 · March 2

    • Tasha

      Great, thanks Jane!

      March 4

  • Erik

    Thanks Gary! I had a great time with everybody again!

    February 16, 2014

  • Jane B.

    Thanks Gary for another day! Would love to have done it all again today in the Sunshine but the gale force winds were fun! X

    February 16, 2014

  • Celeste

    A really lovely walk yesterday, a great bunch of people, gorgeous views, (and we managed to dodge the rain!!) I think one of my favourite walks yet. Thanks Gary!

    February 16, 2014

  • Barbara

    Fantastic day in the outdoors with lovely people :))

    February 15, 2014

  • Donald

    Hi Gary
    sorry I could not make it today, see you on the next trip

    February 15, 2014

  • Kanniga

    Hi Gary, I couldn't join today. Hope to join future walks.

    February 15, 2014

  • lisa

    Hi I am sorry but boy going to make this. I really hope you run the same walk & in better weather soon. Have a great time everyone, lisa

    February 15, 2014

  • Gary

    0720 update for those of you brave enough to brave the weather the walk is still on with a slight change,
    Gary

    February 15, 2014

  • Elyza

    Good morning Gary, I am sorry I will need to cancel this last moment for health reasons (ear pain) because of the windy weather.

    February 15, 2014

  • Elyza

    Good morning Gary, sorry but I will not be able to join due to windy conditions as I am starting

    February 15, 2014

  • pau

    it's really windy....i guesss we re going away anyway...???

    February 15, 2014

  • Deb

    Hi Gary, unfortunately it looks as if there are no trains from my area to London Bridge until late morning due to the weather so I'm unlikely to be able to make it tomorrow. Hope those that can make it have a good day, see you soon.

    February 15, 2014

  • Judy

    I'm really sorry I really wanted to come on this walk but my back has started playing up again. Enjoy!

    February 13, 2014

  • Judy

    I'm really sorry I really wanted to come on this walk but my back has started playing up again. Enjoy!

    February 13, 2014

  • Judy

    I'm really sorry I really wanted to come on this walk but my back has started playing up again. Enjoy!

    February 13, 2014

  • Patricia L.

    Hi, have just RSVP'd no as work is piling up. Have a great walk, and see you in March for the Serpent Trail.

    February 13, 2014

  • Bisi

    Would like a spot if someone pulls out of this one.

    February 12, 2014

  • SVM

    Anyone going from the Guildford area at all?

    February 11, 2014

  • carmen

    wow, so exited!! :) :) see you on Saturday!! xx

    February 11, 2014

  • Tasha

    Hi Gary, do you know roughly which train(s) back we'll be aiming for? Looking at the walk time I'm guessing we'll be finished around 5ish..? Thanks

    February 5, 2014

    • Gary

      Hi Tasha, last time we were in Lewes around 16.30 so you could get a train 5pm ish.

      February 5, 2014

    • Tasha

      Great, thanks Gary!

      February 5, 2014

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