Things to see & do

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Saddlescombe Farm open day

Discover this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templars. Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden, displays and demonstrations of traditional work, newly born lambs and tea and home-made cakes available.

June highlights at Devil's Dyke

Common Spotted Orchid © NTPL

The valley now turns pink with common spotted orchids. In the meadow, near the car park, get on your hands and knees to find burnet moth caterpillars making their cocoons.

July highlights at Devil's Dyke

A Five Spot Burnet Moth rests on a Buttercup © Linda Whiting

Burnet moths are out in force. In good years nearly every flower will have this beautiful moth visiting it. Go into the valley to see what truly ancient chalk grassland looks like.

August highlights at Devil's Dyke

The Adonis blue found has been in decline in the past © Stourhead images

Just five minutes from the car park the meadow is at its most colourful. All the rare downland butterflies can be seen - the Adonis blue, chalkhill blue and silver spotted skipper.

Don't miss our top spots...

  • The view through the valley to Saddlescombe farm
  • The meadow in summer - a carpet of flowers and a haven for insects
  • The hangliders when the wind is from the north
  • A walk to historic Saddlescombe farm
  • A walk through the woods in spring where bluebells and orchids thrive
  • The sea of pink orchids in the valley in June