This West Sussex based village is in a great location for exploring some of the local highlights of the South Downs. There's also some history with a noteworthy Anglo-Saxon church and a fine former coaching inn for refreshments afterwards.
This circular walk from the town visits Wolstonbury Hill, the Clayton Windmills and the popular Ditchling Beacon.
The walk starts from the train station and heads east to Keymer and Ditchling village. Here you pick up the Sussex Border Path and follow the waymarked footpath south to the Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve where there's a wide variety of wildlife to see. If you head east from here along The South Downs Way it will take you up to Ditchling Beacon where there are excellent views over the Downs.
After enjoying the views you head west along the South Downs Way towards the Clayton Windmills. These are something of a local Hassocks landmark and are known as Jack and Jill. Continue west past Wellcombe Bottom and you will soon come to Wolstonbury Hill, another excellent viewpoint in the area.
The route then descends to the north to follow New Way Lane into Hurstpierpoint. From here you head east past Hurst Wickham Stables before coming into Hassocks.
PostcodeBN6 9NA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Hassocks
- Wolstonbury Hill - This walk climbs to the splendid viewpoint on Wolstonbury Hill in the South Downs.
- Ditchling Beacon - Climb to the highest point in East Sussex and enjoy wonderful views of the Weald and the Downs on this circular walk
- Sussex Border Path - A fabulous long distance walk following the Sussex county border from Thorney Island in West Sussex to Rye in East Sussex
- The South Downs Way - This beautiful 100 mile long trail runs from Winchester to the coastal town of Eastbourne
- Devils Dyke - This circular walk explores this beautiful valley near Brighton
- Ditchling Common Country Park - Explore 188 acres of lovely parkland near Burgess Hill in East Sussex
- Plumpton - This East Sussex based village is located near Lewes on the edge of the South Downs
- Chanctonbury Ring - Climb to this early Iron Age hill fort on the South Downs and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and coast
- Fulking - The pretty village of Fulking sits in a lovely position on the South Downs
- Truleigh Hill - This hill in West Sussex has a set of distinctive radio masts on the summit
- Burgess Hill - This West Sussex town is situated close to the South Downs where you can enjoy some splendid walks.
- Stanmer Country Park - Enjoy beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands in this country park in Brighton
Back in the village head to the Friar's Oak for some post walk refreshment. The Tudor style pub is nicely situated overlooking a golf course, and named after a large oak tree where monks used to give out alms. It was also used by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the setting for his novel Rodney Stone. They serve good quality food and have a nice garden area for warmer weather. You can find them at London Road with postcode BN6 9NA.
The hills and downland on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Friar's Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly with water and treats available.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles to the south west there's the wonderful Devils Dyke to explore.
The expansive Ditchling Common Country Park is just to the north east and another walking highlight of the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Downs Walks page.