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Local Sussex Walks- Ditchling Beacon to Pyecombe


Not everyone likes walking, but a little incentive and the promise of ‘it’s only a short ramble’ can often be a clincher for them to add to the numbers. Certainly, the promise of no hilly terrain can add to the enticement.

The Beacon is a place that most people in the southern part of East Sussex should be aware of. The start or the finish of many a ramble, or just a place to go and spend a couple of quiet hours. The views northwards from the Downs are quite something, and if you miss Brighton after a short absence you can always look backwards and see the place in all its glory. A point of note for those reliant on public transport is that there is an hourly bus that runs from Brighton on weekends and Bank Holidays. So no excuse then.

The walk to Pyecombe is genuinely short, about an hours gentle stroll. It takes you across the top of the hill along the South Downs Way. The views northward are beautifully available for most of that trip, as is the tiny urban monoliths to the south.

As pretty Pyecombe comes in to view the thoughts of the easily distracted novice may turn to lunch- and a pint. Pyecombe was made for this. So, after you have spent a short time obligingly accompanying your fellow walkers to look at the ancient church in the centre of the village, a visit to the The Plough at the bottom of hill will cause great relief.

The BP service station that serves the A23 is nearby and there is a hourly/two hourly (Sundays) bus service that stops at the dinky brick shelter at the garage to ferry you Brighton bound afterwards.

An outstanding short walk, particularly for those who don’t like walking….

Distance: Just over 3.5 miles

Duration: About an hour.


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