Walking

Walking trail

Fulking archaeology walk

Walking trail

Fulking archaeological walk takes you on a walk through time, along the glorious contours of the Sussex Downs. On one side - the Weald, to the other - the sea. This walk starts and ends at the Devil's Dyke pub.

Distant view of the hill fort at Devil's Dyke

Map

Fulking Archaeological Walk map

Start:

Devil's Dyke Car Park - TQ258109

1

Starting opposite the Devil’s Dyke pub and a few metres beyond the bus stop, follow the yellow public footpath arrow pointing west to a kissing gate ahead. Go through the gate and continue along the path, passing a ruined brick structure on your left.

Devil's Dyke pub behind you, South Downs way before

2

Continue westwards along the path towards the fence line, with a metal gate and finger post just beyond. Pass through this gate and then follow the grass track marked 'public bridleway' diagonally across the field, heading towards the sea.

3

Continue along this grass track for about 1km until you reach the corner of the field (just before the corner there is a wooden gate, but do not pass through this). Instead, turn so that you have the sea behind you. Walking away from the sea, follow the fence line, keeping the fence on your left.

4

Continue keeping the fence on your left until you reach the corner of this field. You will see scrub trees and a cattle track leading down onto the slope in front. Going down the slope, passing a line of scrub on your right, there is a low grassed-over flint wall, also on your right. This may be difficult to see in the summer as grass may obscure it. You can also see the remains of a flint wall with brick buttressing following the fence at right angles to the one you have just followed. On the other side of the valley is Perching Hill. The deserted structure in the valley bottom is Perching Hill Barn.

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Looking towards Perching Hill and its deserted medieval village, along the line of the ruined flint wall

5

Proceed straight down into the valley, keeping the ruined, grassed-over flint wall on your right. You will see a modern fence ahead in the valley bottom and beyond it a concrete water trough. Just above the trough up the slope in the field you are in you can see some depressions.

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Trough near the site of Perching deserted medieval village

6

Turn right and follow the modern fence line, keeping the fence on your left. On your right is a steep bank. You can either continue to follow the fence line on lower land or scramble a few metres up the bank.

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Lynchets above and to your right

7

Continue to follow the fence line. About half way up to the brow turn around - from here you have the best view down onto the medieval field system. Up at the end of the fence line you will meet the South Downs Way (SDW) running east-west along the ridge. Here is a small wooden post plus a waymarker post with a blue SDW disc. Face north to the Weald stretching out below you. Immediately ahead of you on the other side of the South Downs Way, you will see a mound with low wooden fences on its east and west sides.

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Bronze Age bowl barrow on Fulking Hill

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Follow the South Downs Way west towards the pylons for about 50 metres. On your left there is a small clump of trees. Amongst these, when the undergrowth is thinned in winter, you can catch a glimpse of a brick and concrete platform.

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Below and among these trees are the ruins of Fulking Grange isolation hospital

9

Continue west, keeping the fence on your left. Cross under the pylons. The deep chalk tracks (bostals) going down the scarp slope from the South Downs Way are ancient highways. They have been gouged out by centuries of rain but also by the traffic of humans, carts, and animals. Continue through the gate after the pylons and strike up the hill to your right towards the clump of trees on the top. Proceed through the gate in the fence ahead which surrounds a mound.

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The motte of Edburton motte and bailey castle

10

After a circuit of the castle cross over the stile on the Weald side and walk back east to rejoin the South Downs Way. The line of villages along the road at the foot of the scarp slope mark the line of springs which can be found there. Stay on the South Downs Way and continue to head back east until you reach the car park. As you walk you can get good views of the Weald and the sea and excellent views of the Devil’s Dyke hill fort ramparts ahead.

End:

Devil's Dyke Car Park - TQ258109

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Terrain

The terrain includes open downland and fields. There are stiles at the motte and bailey, so unsuitable there for wheelchairs or buggies. Livestock in many of the fields, so please keep your dog under close control.

Fulking archaeology walk

Contact us

Fulking archaeology walk

How to get here

Address
The Devil's Dyke pub, Dyke Road, Poynings, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8YJ
By train

Brighton train station 6 miles. A train ticket gets you a '2-for-1' offer on adult single and return tickets on the 77 service bus to Devil's Dyke. Just show the bus driver your valid train ticket

By road

Devil's Dyke car park is 2 miles north of A27 Brighton ring road, and just off A281. Pay & display parking at Devil's Dyke. £3 all day, National Trust members and Blue Badge holders park free. Suitable for coaches

By bus

The 77 bus travels up to Devil's Dyke from the centre of Brighton, passing the pier and train station. In high summer most journeys are on open-top buses. The bus runs every day in summer, weekends and Bank Holidays in spring and autumn, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays in winter (except Christmas Day).

Each paying adult can take two children on this bus for free. A bus leaflet called 'Breeze up to the Dyke' is available.

A regular bus service 17 runs between Brighton and Poynings, from where it is a pleasant 25 minute uphill walk to Devil's Dyke. For enquiries and general journey planning call Brighton Council on 01273 292480

 

 

Fulking archaeology walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at the Devil's Dyke pub (non NT)