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Notice: Please note payment for parking at Ditchling Beacon must be made using the RingGo system. It’s quick and easy to use – either use the RingGo smartphone apps on the site or call ahead from home on 01372 885500. All you need to start is your car’s registration and the Ditchling Beacon location number 8507. You will also be asked to key in your credit or debit card number. There’s not need to display a ticket after paying in this way as a record is generated for our car park staff. To pay online and for more information go to www.myRingGO.co.uk. Paying prior to arrival cannot guarantee you a parking space. NT members can park for free.
Panoramic views from the top of world
Ditchling Beacon is located 7 miles to the north of Brighton and just south of the village of Ditchling. At 248 metres above sea-level, Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and offers commanding 360 degree views from its summit. Look south out to sea, north across the Weald or east-west across the Downs.
As the name suggests, Ditchling Beacon was once the site for a warning beacon. Visible for miles around, the Beacon would be maintained ready to light in times of imminent invasion.
The site is also of archaeological interest, with remains of an Iron Age hillfort.
Neighbouring Ditchling Down lies to the west of Ditchling Beacon, and is a prime example of chalk downland. Walk the path along the scarp slope, passing through the disused chalk pits grazed by sheep and dotted with wild flowers throughout spring and summer.