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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.
Our route will take us up onto the South Downs ridge past Jack and Jill - two well preserved windmills; Jack 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: http://goo.gl/LCf81
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)
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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