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 and Hove vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
Tours to Devil's Dyke
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Devil's Dyke Reviews
No matter what the weather this is such a beautiful spot. If you time it right you can watch the hang gliders take off and circle the skies. It gets busy so avoid lunchtime if you’re parking. Great sp... more »
It’s National Trust, if you are out for a spectacular walk, then this is it. Watch out to get fined for parking in the car park unless you are NT though. The restaurant and pub is a let down, service ... more »
Devils Dyke really needs to be visited in daylight to fully appreciate the beauty of the whole aspect. The fields just drop away into the distance over a vast area. We like to catch a sunset up there sitting on the grass as it is both beautiful and tranquil. Plus there is a lovely bar and restaurant that serves good food.
It's a wonderful place for hiking and leisure walking. On a fine day the views make the walk a breeze. On busy days finding a parking spot might be hard but there is a tourist open top bus going along the walk route, consider using this if its expected to be busy day and is also useful if you prefer only walking one way - as you can take the bus at any stop on the route.
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