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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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  • Went up to the top to take photos and get lunch. Nice spot for a camera buff, sunny or misty, something for all abilities. Was quite windy but didn't spoil it, not too cool but still went inside to ge...  more »
  • All you need is a clear day and, if you are visiting Brighton or Sussex and you've a little time to spare, a trip to the Dyke is a must. A high point on the Downs, now part of The South Downs National...  more »
  • This very popular viewpoint is pricing itself out of the market as there is no free parking for diabled people to park up, have an ice cream and look at the view. It used to be a favourite place for m...  more »