The Hassocks Hills. Jack and Jill – South Downs of East Sussex

Sun 27 Dec 2020

We will visit the beautiful South Downs National Park in rural East Sussex, we will hike up 4 hills, and we will have superlative views out to sea.


  • Jack and Jill Windmills
  • Beautiful South Downs National Park
  • Sea Views
  • Two noteworthy hills

The hike departs Hassocks, but soon we pass through fields and meadows, climbing up to ‘Jack and Jill’ at Clayton. It’s hard to miss the Windmills, they are silhouetted on the skyline. We will encounter orchids, cattle, horses, sheep, dew ponds, chalk grassland, trig points, a victorian castellated railway tunnel, iron age tumuli and barrows. We will have views of Devils Dyke and from Wolstonbury Hill, we can see Chanctonbury Ring. This is an ideal hike to stretch the legs following Christmas. See you there!

Hiking information

Distance: 16.4 km (just over 10 miles) approx.
Elevation Gain: 490 metres
Estimated Duration* (approx): 5 hours for walking
Difficulty: Moderate (See link for AAA Hike Grading)

Travel logistics

Meetup Point: London Victoria Station
09:00 Meetup Time
09:20 Depart Meetup Point for the train

00:25 Train Departs from Victoria
10:06 Train Arrives at Hassocks
10:10 Walk Departs
18:15 Return Train Departs Hassocks*
19:57 Return Train Arrives London Victoria*

* Return train times are subject to the duration of the hike

Once the hike has finished we aim to have at least 30-50 min free to enjoy a drink before the group’s departure for London. We are travelling on group rail tickets, but we can also organise a later departure if there are sufficient people interested.

Travel to the Meetup point

Please allow ample time to complete your journey and arrive on time when joining group hike. We publish the transport departure time and specifically the departure time from the Meetup Point. If you are running late please contact the event host to let them know.

If you don’t already use Citymapper you might find this a useful app to plan the best route and give you the best indication when to leave to ensure you don’t miss the group’s departure.

£28 per person

Price includes

  • Guided Hike by a trained Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Return rail fare to and from the stated destination (subject to the ticket purchased)
  • Event planning and administration
  • PayPal fee

Price does not include

  • Lunch
  • Souvenirs
  • Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit
  • Good jokes

*Attendees not requiring a return rail ticket from London or who are meeting us at the Hike Start point the price is only £10 pp

To book your place

To book and confirm your place on all Day Events please do so via our Meetup site. Simply click on the event link below. If you don’t already have a Meetup Profile, don’t worry they are quick and easy to create and open up a world of events for you to join. Then simply RSVP and you will appear on the guestlist. You’ll be able to communicate directly with the event host and other participants as well. Payment is via PayPal which accepts credit and debit cards as well. If you are bringing and paying for a second person please add the number of guests accordingly.

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Useful information

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Jez Malins
Event Host, Hike Leader & First Aider
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