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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sunday First Walk - Sussex villages and the South Downs

Extra Walk 108 Burgess Hill to Hassocks
Length: 26.7km (16.8 miles) with shorter options. Toughness: 8/10 (less for shorter versions)

09:37 Thameslink Brighton train from London Bridge (East Croydon 09:56) arriving at Burgess Hill at 10:31.
Or 09:32 Southern Brighton train from Victoria arriving at Burgess Hill at 10:28.

A Super Off-Peak Day Return from London Bridge appears to be about half the price of an Off-Peak Day Return from Victoria, but the former is valid only on Thameslink trains.

Return trains from Hassocks to London Bridge are at xx:23 and xx:53 (journey time 57 minutes), and to Victoria at xx:09 (journey time 69 minutes).

This walk takes in a fine stretch of the South Downs with superb views to the north and south as well as some more gentle countryside to the north of the downs, and passes several Sussex landmarks and some delightful villages. There are several options for shortening the walk by between 2 and 4 miles, which are described on the Walk 108 page that also includes the Walk Directions.

The recommended lunch pub is The Plough (01273 842796) in Pyecombe after 8.4 miles. Or you could take an early lunch at The Bull (01273 843147) in Ditchling after 4.2 miles, especially if you’re doing one of the shorter options.

5 comments:

MoonBrain said...

I intend to go.

Peter Gibson said...

I will be joining this walk

PeteB said...

n=9 on this walk with the weather w=rain-to-start-then-dry-and-humid. At the start I think most of us were making plans for doing a shortcut as the weather looked to be rainy and the tops of the Downs shrouded in low cloud. However after lunch at the Bull - good portions of fish and chips- the weather brightened up but 5 of the group decided to take a short route back to Hassocks. 4 of us pressed on enjoying the now improving weather but at Wolstonbury Hill I had no real wish to visit Hurstpierpoint and do the big loop back to Hassocks so I descended the hill essentially doing the first part of the Hassocks to Upper Beeding walk in reverse. (How nice to descend this hill after toiling up it numerous times!) to get back to Hassocks for a quick cuppa and the 16.53 train.
Within the last 4 months new signposts have been put up and the rights of way have been changed in one place making the gpx inaccurate - but not the instructions.

Karen said...

At least two of us completed the circular. The afternoon cleared up nicely and the very wet morning was a distant memory as we took had a refreshment (or two) in the sunshine outside the the pub next to the station in Hassocks. Took the very crowded 18:23 back to London.

Karen said...

Correction - obviously not a circular... we did the long walk from Burgess Hill to Hassocks.