Walks

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  • Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber

    Time: 1 hour

    Fresh air, spectacular views and an ancient landscape will accompany you along this scenic downland walk, near Devil's Dyke, West Sussex. Get back to nature, and be greeted by hilly banks carpeted with flowers and teeming with insects. Discover our watery dewpond, a perfect haven for wildlife. Catch a glimpse into the past when you visit the old donkey wheel.

  • Devil's Dyke histories and mysteries

    Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Explore ancient chalk downland and the deepest dry valley in the country. Discover where the Devil and his wife are said to be buried and watch kestrels soar above you. Visit an ancient farmstead with over 1,000 years of history and experience stunning views over the Sussex countryside.

  • Fulking beermat walk

    Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Starting and finishing at the Shepherd and Dog pub, this walk has ancient landscapes and breathtaking views. Along the way, look out for the lime kiln, dating back to the Victorian era, as well as banks of chalk grassland teaming with flowers and butterflies. At the top, take in the spectacular views across the downs before heading back down to the Shepherd and Dog for a well-earned pint.

  • Ditchling Beacon to Devil's Dyke

    Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

    This walk takes in one of the most stunning sections of the South Downs Way long-distance trail. Spring and summer bring an abundance of wild flowers into bloom. The richness of the plant life is thanks to the chalk soil, which forms a unique grassland habitat. With great bus links from Brighton, why not make this a green day out and leave your car at home?

  • Wolstonbury Hill explore nature walk

    Time: 2 hours

    Climb to the summit of Wolstonbury Hill, an ancient fort and eternal landmark, and be awed by the 360Ú panoramic views of the weald, the sea and the downs. A designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for their chalk grassland habitat, these tranquil slopes are well worth a visit during spring when the woodland is blooming with bluebells and fragrant wild garlic.

  • Newtimber Hill butterfly walk

    Time: 3 hours

    A long circular route up, along and down the crest of the South Downs, and back along a winding valley behind the escarpment. One of the best places for butterflies and flowers on the South Downs, with Adonis and Chalkhill blues, Dark-green fritillary and Silver-spotted skipper. Also good for orchids, including many Frog orchids, Red star thistle, Round-headed rampion, drifts of Devil's bit scabious.

  • Devil's Dyke butterfly walk

    Time: 3 to 4 hours

    There are lots of butterflies of note on this walk, including large populations of Adonis blue, Chalkhill blue and Green hairstreak. Also look for the Brown argus, Dark-green fritillary and Silver-spotted skipper. And, moth species to spot include the Six-spot burnet moth (day-flying) and all three species of day-flying Forester moth.

  • Walking the South Downs - day one

    Part one of a two-day walk on the South Downs, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist Mark Rowe. You'll start at the Junction of the Downs Link and the South Downs Way, and finish day one at Ditchling, taking in stunning view of the Devil's Dyke and historic Saddlescombe Farm along the way.

  • Walking the South Downs - day two

    Second day of a two-day walk in the South Downs, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist, Mark Rowe. You'll start at Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve, taking in great views as you follow the South Downs Way towards the hamlet of Southease.

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