Hassocks Circular, 16 April
This is now a ten mile walk starting from and ending in Hassocks. This is an invigorating whole day 10 mile walk – sadly without a convenient toilet en route or drop off stops and lunch will need to be a picnic outside, but with great views and wild flowers. Bring sticks if you use them.
We progress on to the Downs via Clayton and hope to call in at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist and its wall paintings (dates estimated between 11th and 14th C). We then climb up past the Jack and Jill Windmills where we will have a water break and maybe a coffee stop. The walk joins the South Downs way towards Ditchling Beacon but instead we turn off to take the Sussex Border Path to visit the Chattri Memorial to the Indian Soldiers killed in the First World War. We will have a picnic there before heading back across on a Downland path and across the Golf Course to Pyecombe. We will stop for a comfort and refreshment break at the Plough in Pyecombe before taking woodland paths back to Hassocks and through the lovely Butchers Wood before reaching the station. Some of the afternoon path is steep and slippery so sticks are helpful. Because of the various stops we will not be back at the station till after 5pm.
Trains are best taken from London Bridge, Blackfriars or East Croydon on the Brighton Thameslink Train. There are no direct trains from Clapham Junction.
The cheapest option is to buy a cheap day return from your most convenient central London station even if you are getting on at East Croydon. Sue C will be on the train that gets to Blackfriars at 9.29, London Bridge at 9.35, East Croydon at 9.49 and arriving at Hassocks at 10.31 am. There should be toilets on the return platform but it would help us to use the loos on the train if at all possible.
Please also check the trains before you set off I am conscious it is Easter Saturday!
Bring a packed lunch .
It will be helpful to know how many are coming but as there are no bookings to make it is not essential. Please contact Sue C or email firstname.lastname@example.org.