19 Feb

Hassocks could be a rambler's paradise

Hassocks could be a rambler's paradise

Situated in Mid Sussex, Hassocks is just a stone's throw away from the seaside resort of Brighton but has a slightly calmer atmosphere, opening it up to a slightly older generation. 

The town has plenty to offer people planning to buy homes in Hassocks, with its high street boasting a number of small, independent shops and cafes. Some of these are specialists, such as the popular, long-established delicatessen, but there are also restaurants and the community centre Adastra Hall.

Perfect for ramblers and keen walkers, Hassocks boasts a Site of Special Scientific Interest within the parish. Clayton to Offham Escarpment, which stretches from Hassocks in the west, is of biological importance because of its rare chalk grassland.

There are also two windmills on the downs near Hassocks called Clayton Windmills. These are locally referred to as 'Jack and Jill', with Jack being a tower mill built in 1866, while Jill is a post mill. The latter was built in Brighton in 1821, but was moved to its current location in Clayton in 1852 by a large group of oxen.

The windmills represent Hassocks' rich working past, though they were closed down in 1906. However, the pair were reopened to the public after restoration in 1986 and have been a popular part of the landscape ever since.

Hassocks is nestled next to the adjoining village of Hurstpierpoint, where Danny House is located. This Elizabethan manor is famed as the place where David Lloyd George escaped to in order to draw up the terms of the armistice at the end of World War I.

Just south of Hassocks in an area of ancient woodland known as Butchers Wood, offering plenty of exploratory opportunities for keen walkers.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801776158-ADNFCR

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