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A legendary beauty spot on the South Downs

Devil’s Dyke, just five miles north of Brighton, offers stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, a curious history and England’s most colourful habitat.

At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald. On the other hand, scientists believe it was formed naturally just over 10,000 years ago in the last ice age.

With a little exploring the Dyke's story starts to reveal itself: The ramparts or walls of the Iron Age hill fort can be seen when you walk around the hill and the remains of the curious Victorian funfair can be found just a few minutes from the car park. Venture into the valley and you will discover a living carpet of flowers and a myriad of colourful insects.

When John Constable described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as 'the grandest view in the world', he wasn’t wrong, but there is so much more to discover here than just a beautiful view.

Rare chance to discover ancient farm

This February there's a rare opportunity to discover the hidden buildings and history of Saddlescombe farm. With a short walk around surrounding Newtimber hill, this is not to be missed this winter.

Join our education volunteering team

We've got some exciting plans to develop an environmental education centre at Saddlescombe, which will include turning a Victorian barn into a classroom. We're looking for volunteers this year to help realise this dream.

Take a walk with us at Devil's Dyke

Located on the South Downs Way, and just five miles from Brighton, Devil's Dyke is a great place to try one of our downloadable walks.

The legend of Devil's Dyke

There are two stories about how Devil's Dyke valley was created. Scientists tell us it was carved out by melting water at the end of the last ice age. Legend has it that the Devil had a hand in its creation.

Watch our short video about the story of the Devil's handy work - believed by locals for centuries.

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