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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Brighton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Took a long time to get there. Only 1 place where you could sit and drink something. The vieuw was pretty but every where the same, so you wrere bored quickly. When we were going back the bus was an h...  more »
  • We took the 77 bus from the pier and the journey was interesting as we saw areas of Brighton we would not normally go to. The drivers were friendly and helpful. What a place to visit! Vistas across th...  more »
  • We took the purple route from the car park. You experience amazing views of this wonderful countryside. Worth noting that to our dismay the cafe at Saddlescombe Farm is NOT open in Mondays. There is n...  more »
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  • 5 stars for the huge variety of walks you can do in this wide West Sussex valley. It's a sought after hiking destination, however it's never too busy for you to find yourself lost in nature on your own. Well-displayed signposts for all liking: short, medium, long or circular walks. You can't get bored of it. Whether you go downhill and visit the small nearby villages or just go across the dyke (=canyon) or through fields or across forests. Useful tip: download the South Downs free app to choose your route. Or just take the 77 bus from Brighton station, get off at the last bus stop and get lost. You'll always find a way back (but don't forget your google map! 😉)
  • When I went here for a school trip the downhill was fine but the uphill... MY LEGS! They really did not like the uphill.
  • Fantastic views, great place for walks, walking the dog. Bus 77 goes there (from Pier, Brighton Stn). Paid outdoor car park available.
  • Amazing and beautiful place. Great for a hike or just go and sit and watch the time go by.
  • Stunning views and beautiful walks. Car parking is free for national trust members.

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During the height of the tourist season and on most weekends Brighton is a very congested city, where driving is difficult and parking is limited in the central areas most frequented by tourists. Avoid getting stressed out by staying at a self-catering apartment or a private B&B farther away from this part of town. Brighton's famous nightlife may be a bit far from there, but you can still enjoy seafront walks, good restaurants, and excellent shopping. Private seafront lodgings allow you to enjoy your stay quietly in comfort, while remaining within walking distance of Brighton's best beaches. 
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