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Devil's Dyke, Brighton

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A major tourist attraction for nature lovers and hikers since the 19th century, Devil's Dyke is a V-shaped valley 100 m (328 ft) deep, formed by river erosion at the end of the last ice age. Contrary to all scientific evidence, local legend has it that the Devil dug this valley in order to flood the surrounding churches. Devil’s work or not, the valley was used as a defensive site for centuries, starting as far back as the Iron Age. Today, you can hike the surrounding hills to enjoy panoramic views of the South Downs, the Weald, and on a clear day, the Isle of Wight. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for your adventure over this uneven terrain. For Devil's Dyke and beyond, use our Brighton vacation route planner to get the most from your Brighton vacation.
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  • for those of you who dont know the dyke is a sussex icon a long time ago the devil visited the top and was furious at the number of churches in the sussex weald and came back one night to dig a trench...  more »
  • We've been here several times as they allow dogs. The walks are very picturesque and then a nice meal afterwards.  more »
  • As I live near Devil's Dyke I have the pleasure of being able to visit quite regularly. It is the perfect Sunday, a walk along the Dyke finished with a Sunday Roast at the pub. Would definitely recomm...  more »
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  • No matter the season, it's gorgeous up there. Great for a hike or just taking in the views. The 20 minute bus drive from Brighton Station is well worth the trip. Whoever visits us we make sure to take them up to the Dyke.
  • Fantastic views, great car park, good spot for lunch
  • I think that is very bad because i lost my phone
  • Nice place to go for a walk
  • Stunning views and great fir walking

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