Saturday 22nd June
Meeting point: Hassocks Railway Station, BN6 8JD
After leaving the village of Hassocks behind, we start the walk with a gentle climb up onto the South Downs to admire some amazing views from the Clayton Windmills, continuing along the ridge though the small hamlet of Pyecombe. After this, we ascend again up to Saddlecombe Farm, owned by The National Trust. We then climb our third hill of the day, up and around the Devil’s Dyke with stunning, far-reaching views from the top. Please remember to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water, as after a lunch break at this fantastic spot, we head southwards and leave the South Downs ridge behind.
As we start our descend down Fulking Hill, we walk over the countryside and fields around Mount Zion. After we join the Monarch’s Way, we continue over Brighton and Hove golf course and up Varncombe Hill, back again to Saddlecombe Farm for an afternoon ice cream! The last leg of our journey is up and around Newtimber Hill, back to the other side of our previously visited hamlet, Pyecombe. The last hill of the day is Wolstonbury Hill, which is a short sharp hill into Ashen Plantation, on our way back to Hassocks.
Note: This is a special walk in support of a campaign run by the Jo Cox Foundation in memory of the late MP’s belief that ‘we all have more in common than that which divides us’. The Ramblers is teaming up with dozens of other organisations around the UK to celebrate The Great Get Together Weekend over June 21-23. This annual campaign seeks to bridge division and remind communities of how much they have in common by staging a series of picnics, events and meetups. To commemorate the campaign, a number of Ramblers groups will be arranging special walks and inviting people to join in and find out more about the benefits of walking as part of a group. Read more here: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/news/ramblers-partner-with-jo-cox-foundation-on-great-get-together.aspx
Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.
Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.
Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.
Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.
All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.