Ditchling Beacon Location map
 
  Scene showing High Street, Lewes, Sussex, England   Ditchling Beacon.

There is a free car park at the top of Ditchling Beacon so it is easy to get to but this does mean it's very popular on a fine day. There is also a bus service to the Beacon from Brighton.

This path forms part of the South Downs Way and this section on the Ditchling Beacon Ridge is an easy and pleasant walk for about two miles to the windmills.

 

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  Keere Street, Lewes, Sussex, England   Ditchling Beacon.

Part the way along the ridge is this small dew pond. This viw is looking south and the sea can just be seen in the distance at Brighton.

 

 

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  The 14th century castle, Lewes, Sussex, England   Ditchling Beacon.

Built in the early 1800s Jill Windmill is a post mill in an excellent state of preservation and in full working order. The sails were actually turning when this picture was taken. The millstones were not in use when we were there but we found it surprising that there was no discernable noise with the sails in motion.

We also saw the rear fantail in action when the direction of the wind changed rotating the whole mill on its post to a slightly different position.

 

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  Ditchling Beacon, Sussex, England   Ditchling Beacon.

Jack Windmill is a tower mill and is not in working order. It is privately owned and is not open to the public.

 

 

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  Ditchling Beacon, Sussex, England   Ditchling Beacon.

This view shows both windmills. If you don't want to walk the two miles from Ditchling Beacon then there is a road up to Jill Windmill, from the A273 just north of Pycombe, and there is a free car park.

 

 

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