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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:  There is a small charge of £2 per day to park at Ditchling Beacon (parking for National Trust members is free) which helps towards the care of National Trust places on the South Downs. You can pay for parking using the RingGo system either using their smartphone apps or calling 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 are also options for cash payment on arrival at Ditchling Beacon.

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 If you choose to pay prior to arrival we cannot guarantee you a parking space. NT members and blue badge holders can park for free.