Walk on Fulking

Walking trail

A moderate circular walk, starting and finishing at the Shepherd and Dog pub, comprising ancient landscapes and breathtaking views.

Explore a famous beauty spot on the South Downs

Along the way, look out for the lime kiln dating back to the Victorian era as well as banks of chalk grassland teaming with flowers and butterflies. At the top, take in the spectacular views across the downs before heading back down to the Shepherd and Dog for a well-earned pint. Please note that some of the sections of this walk can get very muddy in the winter.

Fulking escarpment and the village of Fulking below


Map route for walk on Fulking


Shepherd and Dog pub car park, grid ref: TQ247113


From the pub car park take the public footpath which starts to the left of the pub garden and has bushes on both sides. The track is marked with a small concrete public footpath sign on the right-hand side. Turn right when you reach the fence at the end and continue along this path until you reach a stile.


Go over the stile and up the steps. At the top of the steps you will come to a T-junction with another path. Turn right along a narrow track.


Follow this track around the hill taking note of the direction indicated by the post with the pink arrow. You will come to a clearing in a dip with a trough in the middle. Go past the trough and continue up a wide path on the other side until you get to another junction of paths.


Continue following the path which is parallel to the fence on your right as indicated by the pink arrow on the wooden post at the junction. After a short distance you will come to a stile. Climb over this and continue to go straight ahead. When you get to the end of the fence turn left onto a wide chalky track which comes up the hill from your right.


Walk up the hill. After a short distance, where the track bends to the left, you will see an old lime kiln on your right. This dates back to the Victorian era.

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Lime kiln at the foot of Fulking Escarpment


Continue up the main track until you reach the electricity pylon at the top. This is an old bostal track which snakes up the hill.

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Bostal track leading up to the top of Fulking escarpment


When you have passed the pylon you will see the South Downs Way following the fence line up ahead. Don’t take this route but instead turn to the left along a small track between two low banks. In summer the banks here will be teeming with butterflies, moths and orchids.

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At the end of this path you rejoin the South Downs Way which runs from Eastbourne to Winchester. Continue towards the fence ahead of you and go through the gate. On your right, over the fence, you can see the remains of the Fulking Isolation Hospital.

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Walk along the top of the left-hand bank of a sunken ditch descending to your left and follow it downhill until you reach a pair of wooden signposts. In late spring the banks of the ditch to your right are covered in cowslips.

Cowslips on Fulking escarpment


Turn left and follow the broad grassy track which hugs the foot of the escarpment until you reach the junction above the steps you came up at the beginning of the walk.


Turn right and retrace your route down the steps, over the stile and along the path back to the pub car park.


Shepherd and Dog pub car park, grid ref: TQ247113

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Walk on Fulking


Short, steep ascent at the beginning and in the middle. Part of the walk is on uneven chalk trail paths and some points can get very muddy in winter.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at certain points, as livestock are in surrounding area. No dog bins so please take dog litter home.

Walk on Fulking

Contact us

Telephone: 01273 857712

Email: devilsdyke@nationaltrust.org.uk


Walk on Fulking

How to get here

Fulking, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9LU
By train

Brighton station is 7 miles (11.2km) from Devil's Dyke, then take the 77 bus (see 'By bus').

By road

From the A23 at Dale Hill take the junction which leads you on to the A281 past Tates Garage. Go through roundabout onto West Road. Take the second exit on the next roundabout onto Cora's Walk. Continue on to Poynings Road. Continue onto The Street and stay left. The Shepherd and Dog pub car park will be on your left.

By bus

Service 77 from Brighton (Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company), alight Devil's Dyke and walk down to Shepherd and Dog pub (approx 1 mile/1.6km).

The number 17 from Stagecoach stops at Newtimber Crossroads, walk to the Shepherd and Dog pub (approx 2 miles/3.2km).

104 service by Compass Travel, Mondays only, stops right outside the Shepherd and Dog pub.

Walk on Fulking

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead around grazing livestock
  • The Shepherd & Dog pub (not NT) has a car park and is a fully licensed pub serving delicious food with indoor and outdoor seating. It is also dog friendly.