Spring family fun at Devil's Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm

Den building

There is so much to do this Spring at Devils Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm. We’ve picked out our favourite 50 things activities for you. Every adventurous family will find something to suit, from geocaching to kite flying. So go out, fill your lungs with fresh air, and enjoy this legendary countryside spot.

Fly a kite (no. 7)

Blustery spring days are perfect for a spot of kite flying, and Devil’s Dyke and the top of Newtimber Hill are one of the best places to fly a kite.  You may even see paragliders or hang gliders in the sky above you!

Make a trail with sticks (no. 12)

Making a trail with sticks is a great way to keep your friends and family following you around for hours.  Gather up sticks or stones and lay them on the ground in arrows, and let the hunt begin!

Find a geocache (no. 49)

Geocaching is an exciting outdoor treasure hunt for the whole family and there are several caches hidden around Devil’s Dyke and Newtimber hill.  All you need is a GPS device or smartphone.  To find clues to where the cache is hidden, go to www.geocaching.com

Build a Den (no. 17)

Building a den using natural woodland materials is one of the coolest activities on the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ challenge list. When the days are lighter building a den is a great idea as you'll have longer to make it and more time to spend in it. Find some nice long branches and prop them wig wam like against a tree.  You can use sticks and twigs and leaves to cover the den and surprise anyone that walks past.

Run around in the rain (no. 6)

Outdoors is fun whatever the weather.  Pull on those waterproofs, charge through puddles and enjoy the feeling of rain on your face. 

Go bird watching (no. 44)

Spring is a fantastic time for a spot of bird watching.  Look out for skylarks spiralling and singing high up in the sky, listen for the first yellow hammers singing ‘a little bit of bread and no cheese’, or big birds of prey like our buzzards swooping in the sky above the hills.  

Climb a huge hill (no. 28)

Hills are something we defiantly are not short of on around Devil’s Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm.  Devil’s Dyke hill fort is 217 metres above sea level and West Hill behind Saddlescombe farm is 211 metres tall.  Devils Dyke valley is the deepest dry valley in the country.   For ideas of where to go and explore, why not choose one of our walks

How to get here

Bus: Number 77 bus from Brighton stops at Devil’s Dyke. For times see www.buses.co.uk or call 01273 886200.

Car Parks: There are two nearby carparks, both free for National Trust members:

Devil’s Dyke, SatNav; Easting 525844, Northing 110977. Nearest postcode BN1 8YJ

Summerdown Road: SatNav; Easting 526968, Northing 111104.  Nearest postcode BN1 8YJ

Facilities:

 Toilets at Devil’s Dyke pub and Saddlescombe Farm (when the café is open)

Food at the Devil’s Dyke pub (not NT) and the Wildflour Café at Saddlescombe farm (Not NT and seasonal, check https://wildflourcafe.business.site/)