Sussex / UK

Devil’s Dyke

Listed in the National Trust as a legendary beauty spot, this famous geological feature is hell-bent to show any avid explorer the wonders of the Sussex natural world.

The Walk

Devil’s Dyke is one of Sussex’s top outdoor attraction. The hill and trails are bustling with people all keen to explore it’s steep banks.

Something about this formidable landscape makes journey makers happier than usual. Our 4 year old didn’t even moan once!

Well… maybe once.

This walk is perfect in almost all weather and in any season. During wet weather be wary of the woodland descent on the north side of the Dyke as this can get quite muddy.

Due to it’s popularity, there is a handy pub at the top and even a bus stop which you can pick up from the centre of Brighton. There are a number paths, trails and routes all starting from different origins that lead up to the Dyke, the National Trust have some great ones to choose from here. We chose to start at Saddlescombe farm.

At Saddlescombe farm there’s a small car park, although on a nice day this carpark get’s full. From here the path leads straight up and for the first half of this walk it’s pretty much uphill.

You soon find yourself on one side of the Dyke where that famous V shape cuts it’s way through the landscape. From here you can see views across the north side of the downs and into Sussex. Cyclists and families are traversing the many paths that intersect this area. There is a real buzz of activity in this area and that enthusiasm can’t help but rub off.

The walk continues round and up to the pub where you can break for lunch, drinks or ice cream.

From here there’s a quick and fun woodland descent back down towards Saddlescombe. The trail (at this time of year) was quite muddy and you have to navigate over and through fallen trees. This all led to us having quite a bit of fun albeit dirty.

Out of the woodland and up a little there’s a path which leads through a field of cows and back to the farm.

This walk leaves you feeling great with a sense of achievement and the scenery is jaw dropping.

My thoughts

It’s a must do walk and a must see part of the south downs. One of my favourite walks so far.

Anna’s thoughts

It’s a lovely Sunday afternoon walk, you could make it much longer if you wanted to but I though that route was just right for me.