Summer family fun at Devil's Dyke and Saddlescombe Farm
There is so much to do this Summer 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 camping to making friends with a bug. So go out, fill your lungs with fresh air, and enjoy this legendary countryside spot.
Camp outdoors (number 3)
Saddlescombe Farm campsite is properly away from it all. No cars are allowed, so you will have to walk or cycle (the nearest main car park is over a mile away!). So pack up your small tent, take only what is necessary and head out for a night in the wild.
Go on a nature walk at night (number 40)
If you camp over at Saddlescombe Farm, go and explore Newtimber Hill. At night you may see our glow worms, badgers, owls and bats.
Build a Den (no. 4)
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.
Make friends with a bug (number 31)
In summer the flower filled hillsides of Devil's Dyke and Newtimber Hill are filled with bugs and butterflies. On a lovely warm sunny day try sitting still in some long grass and just listen and watch. Count how many different coloured butterflies you see, and can you spot any grasshopers, crickets or amazing bugs? See if you can find the amazing bottle green flower beetle with big fat thighs.
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
Toilets at Devil’s Dyke pub (booking may be required) 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/)