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

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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