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Notice: Ditchling Beacon car park and the South Downs Way will be open again from Saturday 6 December. There will be some restrictions still in place as the improvement works are finished but cars and pedestrians will still be able to use the area. Please note the no 79 Breeze bus will still be running up to the car park from Brighton on weekends, please visit for more information

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.

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 Paying prior to arrival cannot guarantee you a parking space. NT members can park for free.