Devil's Dyke National Trust, Brighton

4.3
#3 of 18 in Parks in Brighton and Hove
Valley · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
A major tourist attraction for nature lovers and hikers since the 19th century, Devil's Dyke National Trust 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.
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  • Amazing place for a walk on the Sussex Downs with stunning views. You can stay close to the car park, if not inclined to walk far, and still enjoy the views or if fit and healthy enjoy a long time.....  more »
  • When you visit Brighton, as everyone should, do not miss out on the opportunity to see the magnificent South Downs from the vantage point at Devils Dyke.  more »
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  • 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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