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South Downs Walk - Everyone Welcome (11/01/2020) Saturday, 11th January 2020 9:45 AM - 3:00 PM

Meet in good time for a 9:45 departure from The Plough at Pyecombe, BN45 7FN, near Brighton (Explorer Map 122: ref TQ 292124). Park in the road next to the pub.

If travelling south on the A23 (before the A273 merges), take the exit signed to Hassocks A273. Then at the T junction turn right. After about 100 yards, park at the side of the road close to the pub (which will be on the left-hand side).

If travelling north from Brighton on the A23, take the exit signed to Hassocks A273. Then take the left turn towards Pyecombe. Follow the road round the bend, and park at the side of the road close to the pub (which will be on the right-hand side).

There will be no access to facilities prior to the walk. Pre-ordering of lunch prior to the day should be done via the walk leaders. (The Restaurant and Bar menus can be viewed on the pub’s website ).  If you are intending to eat at The Plough then please pass your order details to Sarah and Derek ([email protected]) by the end of Wednesday 8th January. The order details required are: -

 • Name of person having the meal

• The menu type (e.g. Restaurant or Bar)

• The meal - including any extra side dishes

• The price (as a double check)

Derek/Sarah will confirm that they have received your order. On the day, please pay for your meal when you order your first drink. If you don't pay for the meal then your food will not be served! Please note that a 10% service charge will be added to your order since we are viewed as a "large" party.

The morning walk of around 5 miles will take us to the Chattri Indian War Memorial on the South Downs above Brighton. There are sections where we will walk up and down slopes, but there are no stiles. We should get good views of Brighton and the sea, and also of the two separate parts of Pyecombe and the route of the afternoon walk.

The afternoon circular walk is just one and a half miles with just three stiles and some steep sections. We will start with a visit to the 12th century church, entering the churchyard via a centre-pivoted Tapsel gate (unique to Sussex). The walk will proceed uphill on a bridleway and footpath from where we should again get good views. We will descend into the western part of the Pyecombe village and return to the eastern part of the village on the road.

Both walks are likely to be muddy in places so walking boots or wellingtons are recommended. Sticks or poles will also be useful on the slopes.

Join our leaders Derek and Sarah for either the morning, afternoon or both walks. Contact details 01252 514163 (on the days prior to the walk), and 07763 580438 (only on the day).