Hassocks Circular via Oldland Mill
Burgess Hill – Ditchling Common – Chailey Common – Wivelsfield Green – Streat – Ditchling
This is not quite a copy of Helen’s regular Oldland Mill ride (which she is planning to repeat in August). The lunch venue and the return route will be familiar to us, but the outward route may be new. About a fifth of the ride is “off-road” to varying degrees, with hard, stony or tarmacked surfaces on some sections and a few that are just compacted earth. Some rain is forecast for the two days prior to the ride, though not on the Sunday itself; but if it looks like it’s going to be muddy, we can avoid most of the worst bits.
We will have lunch at the Cock Inn at Wivelsfield Green. The windmill will open to the public (minimum recommended donation £3) at 2pm; we should arrive at about 2.45. Those who do not want to go into the mill can continue to Hassocks station (1.5 miles or about a 15 minute ride, all downhill).
Ride starts at: 10:15 am, Hassocks station, Platform 2 side (use the lifts if travelling from Brighton).
Distance: 17 miles.
Terrain: See above. Some undulations, but not many. Certainly none that might provoke a roadside lynching!
Getting there: Take the 09:55 train from Brighton (Victoria train via Hove)
Trains return at: 41 minutes past each hour.