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The London-based hiking group for people in their 20s - 30s.

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Overview

This is the second in the mountain fitness series of five walks aimed at improving fitness and stamina. Each walk is progressively longer and faster. This series of walks has plenty of steep ascents and descents along with a quick/fast pace.

Bring packed lunch. Pub stop for drinks only. Optional pub at the end for drinks and/or dinner. 

Devil’s Eight starts in the picturesque villages of Hassocks and Ditchling but quickly takes us into the south downs and up the infamous Ditchling Beacon. We drop off the downs and climb up again a few times during the day for stunning views and a total ascent of about 945 metres. 

As with all of our strenuous walks, this is not recommended for your first walk with us. If you are a regular member or if you enjoyed the first walk of the series, but want something longer, faster and hillier then this would be a good one to join.

Terrain: Steep hills, farms, muddy paths, chalk downs

Total ascent: 945m

Travel: Take 9:16 from Victoria (9:23 Clapham Junction), arr. Hassocks 10:17.

Meet on the east side of the station. This is the side with the Heeler Center, "The Hassocks" pub, and the station garage.

Saturday, 2 March 2024
Start time:
10:20 am
Estimated finish time:
6:30 pm
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Distance:
29km / 18.0mi
Ascent:
945m / 3100ft
Type:
circular

Image Credit: Mark | CC-BY | https://www.flickr.com/photos/61798879@N00/51075603201

Features

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Dog friendly
  • No car needed

Starting point

Grid reference:
TQ 30417 15545
Nearest postcode:
BN6 8JD
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Start time:
10:20 am

Hassocks Station.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking