Devil's Dyke, Brighton

4.3
#3 of 7 in Nature in East Sussex
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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  • nice to have a stroll with the family or just r and r on your own..lovely views and so peaceful. makes you appreciate what beauty we have amongst us living around here  more »
  • Beautiful views, lovely walks, and perfect for picnics in the summer! There are also some pubs and ice-cream vans scattered around.  more »
  • After an enjoyable walk to Poynings and an enjoyable pint of Harvey’s in the Royal Oak garden we walked back to the Devils Dyke pub at about 2:30 when it was still busy and a long queue for food. Sadl...  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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