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Sussex walk around Clayton windmills and the Chattri

PUBLISHED: 14:09 07 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:54 05 October 2017

The Chattri Indian war memorial on the Downs above Brighton

The Chattri Indian war memorial on the Downs above Brighton

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This downland walk includes the Jack & Jill windmills near Hassocks and the Chattri monument above Brighton

The Chattri is a monument on the South Downs above Patcham, Brighton. It was built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who fought during World War I. Between 1914-1918 more than one and a half million Indian men served alongside British troops on the Western Front. Of these, 12,000 wounded were hospitalised in Brighton: in the Dome, the Royal Pavilion and other sites. The 53 Hindu and Sikh soldiers who subsequently died in Brighton were taken to a peaceful spot on the Downs for cremation, after which their ashes were scattered in the sea (19 Muslim soldiers died, but were taken to the Shah Jehan Mosque in Woking). The Chattri monument was later built on the cremation site, as a sign of thanks and peace.

 

Information

• Location: Clayton, near Hassocks, West Sussex

• Distance: 4m (6.4k) – 90 minutes - two hours to walk

• Terrain: Mostly flat with a little up and down; paths can be muddy

• Where to park: In the Jack & Jill windmills car park (which is signed from the A273) on Mill Lane. SatNav BN6 9PG.

 

Route

1 From the windmill’s car park, head left up the stony lane.

2 After the bend, the way forks. Head left up a stony track. You are now on the South Downs Way.

3 After about half a mile you will reach a gate and a path heading right. Go through the gate, maintaining direction. The wide path gently slopes uphill.

4 After a quarter mile, take the Sussex Border Path on your right, through a steel gate. The path curves downhill, giving wonderful views towards Brighton and the sea.

5 At the bottom of the hill, go through the gate and maintain direction across the field, towards another gate.

6 Carry on straight ahead, going through the gate and following the wide path through a crop field, towards trees.

7 Keep on past the trees and you will come to a gate. Here, turn left, walking downhill on the edge of a grass field. At the Chattri, you will come to a wide gate, but carry on downhill past this and go through the smaller gate. Once you’ve enjoyed the peace of the Chattri, turn back the way you came.

8 Retrace your steps back across the crop field and then turn left at the gate. Walk along the edge of the field to a small wooden gate.

9 Here the path turns right and runs north between two fields. You then go through another gate and follow the path left.

10 Where the path forks, head right. Soon the path slopes downhill, curves tightly past the golf course and then heads uphill, alongside the golf course.

11 After a steep section, the path levels out and reaches a crossway of paths. Here head straight on, through New Barn Farm. Follow the wide stony lane, which will eventually bring you back to stage 2. Carry on towards Jack windmill, back to the car park.

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