The Windmills, Sea views and Chalk Hills of the South Downs DAY HIKE

  • Dec 15, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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# £22 including return train tickets from London Victoria #

Group size: Limited to just 24 attendees
Distance: 10 miles (16km) 
Difficulty: Medium, mainly flat with one major hill to go up

Come and join us for a gorgeous hiking trail across the chalk ridge of the South Downs hills on a route from Hassocks to Lewes. We're travelling so far from London we're mere miles from the coast and this walk almost has it all - hills, panoramic views stretching to the sea, rivers, windmills, picturesque trailsthrough rural Sussex and it even passes the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort. We'll finish by walking through the gateway of Lewes castle as we enter the attractive market town to visit a pub for our usual end of walk refreshments.









Walk Description

Our route will take us up onto the South Downs ridge past Jack and Jill - two well preserved windmillsJack is the only "male" windmill in the UK (all others being considered female) and Jill was originally built in Brighton and moved by a team of horses and oxen and is still used to grind corn. We'll then shortly later have a dramatic panoramic view stretching to the English Channel, with Brighton perching gently in the foreground on the coast.

Our adventure will then continue along the northern edge of the Downs with superb views inland until we reach Ditchling Beacon. Ditchling Beacon was the site of an Iron Age hill fort and is the third highest point in the South East of England at 248m and consequently has fabulous views across the Weald up to the North Downs Way. It was also the location of one of the Beacons that warned of the Spanish Armada in 1588. After taking in a couple more peaks on the South Downs way we'll drop down to follow the river Ouse into Lewes and shall be welcomed into the old part of the town by a dramatic walk through the Castle Gate (the castle originally having been built by William the Conqueror in 1069 after his invasion of Britain.







Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 9:00 and leave our meeting point at 9:15 prompt for the 9:27 train.

Anticipated return time to London of 6:26pm (We have a group train ticket so you are committed for the day until then)

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29).

Click here for a map of our meeting point:



We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments. Please note: in order to return for a sensible time it will be a brief pub stop at the end.



The hike will be £22.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.


What to Bring

Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots), could be muddy in places  - for more info please >click here<

Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)

Packed lunch/picnic

Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day :-)


Safety and Terms & Conditions

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Mountain Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. A First Aid kit is carried on the walk.

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  • Luisa

    It was my first time hiking with the Outdooraholics & I thoroughly enjoyed!

    The hike was amazing & the people that attended were great!
    Thank you David for leading us on this beautiful & memorable hike... the brownies were absolutely delicious ! Thank you!.

    December 16, 2013

  • Robert Q.

    Thanks for letting me come! The weather hasn't put me off! I'll upload a bunch of photos tonight!

    December 16, 2013

  • Ildiko P.

    It was my first time with Outdooraholics. I had a great time , got soaking wet but hey ho... this made it unforgettable. It was a very nice group. David you are a great guide. Thank you

    December 16, 2013

  • Mary

    Really enjoyed it, got lots of fresh air!

    December 16, 2013

  • Shahzad

    Nice company and very good hike leader. At least my hood got sorted :)

    December 15, 2013

  • Biljana

    Sturdy and brave people. Those chocolate brownies helped a bit too.

    2 · December 15, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Great trip, great people. Felt cleansed by the rain!

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Despite the wet weather (very) I thought it was a really good group.

    December 15, 2013

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