SWC 50 - Hassocks to Brighton
Length: 22.5 km (14 miles). Hassocks to Falmer: 12.5 km (7.8 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10 (one steep ascent up onto the Downs, but otherwise 4 out of 10)
: 10-20 hrs Brighton service. CJ 10-26 hrs, EC 10-36 hrs
: 11-07 hrs Return
: Direct trains at 16-18, 16-48, 17-28, 17-50, 17-58, 18-18, and 18-28 hrs Falmer to Brighton
: 05, 20, 35 and 51 mins past the hour - journey length 9 mins. Rail ticket
: buy a day return to Brighton Walk Directions
: a complete re-write will be ready and up on the website by mid-afternoon, Monday 08 May. I will be on the earlier 09-21 train on Tuesday to update the alternative Jack and Jill start to this walk.
Setting out from Hassocks you head for the village of Ditchling
, then cross fields and walk through woods before you arrive at the foot of the South Downs
. Then it's a steady but steep climb up to the top, which you cross, to descend in a southerly direction as you head for High Park Wood, with its lovely bluebells. You now proceed across fields and through woodland to the village of Stanmer
, with its cafe (an early lunch option) before you pass Stanmer House and walk through the extensive grounds of the University of Sussex
. You now head uphill to the village of Falmer
, chopped in two by the A27 road, and your suggested lunch stop, the Swan Inn.
Last orders are at 2-30 pm and you should make the pub with time to spare. Don't expect gourmet cuisine - but the filling pub grub on offer is served with a smile, and the draught beer is good.
After lunch you cross a footbridge over the A27 to the other part of Falmer. You can terminate your walk here by heading for the nearby Falmer railway station for its frequent service to Brighton. Otherwise, you pass a farm shop - open for fresh food and snacks - and then you pass the impressive, new Amex Stadium
, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. It's now across fields with views to the village of Bevenden, which you walk through then head up to Brighton Racecourse
. You traverse the length of the course and then take a path which, to everyones surprise, comes out near the centre of Brighton, by Brighton College. You then walk through the centre of town to the railway station. There are plenty of tea options in the Lanes of Brighton or the surrounding streets.
Your walk directions are here: L=swc.50