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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wednesday Walk - Hassocks to Brighton - over the South Downs to the Seaside

SWC 50 - Hassocks to Brighton

Length: 22-5 km (14 miles).  Short walk ending in Falmer:  12 km (7.5 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10

London Victoria: 09-55 hrs    Brighton service     CJ 10-02 hrs    EC 10-11 hrs
Arrive Hassocks: 10-51 hrs

Return: Brighton to Victoria:  (non-Gatwick Express service)   03 and 33 mins past the hour

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Brighton

Leaving Hassocks you have a choice of routes to the South Downs. For shade you should take the route through Ditchling Village. If it is a nice day and not horribly hot then you might like to take the route via Clayton, to enjoy the lovely views from the South Downs Way ridge path.

Having climbed up onto the Downs you now drop down to the village of Stanmer, where you can stop for lunch at its Tea Rooms or at Stanmer House. Otherwise, you continue through the extensive grounds of the House then up and through the campus of Sussex University, to Falmer Village, for lunch at the non-pretentious, artisan Swan pub, which serves good old fashioned pub grub, good English ale and German Eurofizz. If you wish you can end your walk in Falmer - the railway station is below the Amex Stadium (home of Brighton and Hove Albion FC). There are three trains an hour to Brighton.

Continuing with the main walk you head for the village of Bevenden then up to Kemp Town Racecourse. You now walk the length of the racecourse, passing the grandstand on your right. You then take a path downhill through light woodland and before you have time to say "Robert is your father's brother" you find yourself close to the centre of Brighton. The walk through Brighton up to its railway station is a bit tedious (when you have done it many times before) but it becomes more bearable if you stop en route for tea at one of the cafes in the famous Bohemian Lanes.
Walk directions here: L=swc.50

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