Things to see and do at Ditchling Beacon

A misty view across the hills and valleys of the Sussex Downs at dawn from Ditchling Beacon, showing scattered trees and hedges with the sun rising in the distance

Take a moment to stop and enjoy stunning views across the weald and the downs at Ditchling Beacon. There’s plenty of space here to explore, go on an adventure or simply enjoy a good walk.

The highest point in East Sussex

The trig point at Ditchling Beacon marks the highest point in East Sussex at 814 feet (248 metres) above sea level.

Sheep spotting

Sheep can often be found grazing around Ditchling Beacon and Ditchling Down, how many can you spot?

Kite flying

A windy day at Ditchling Beacon is the perfect time to fly a kite, one of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

Cloud watching

On a cloudy day, the sky can offer as much of a view as below. Stop and watch to see what shapes you can see.

Breeze up to the Downs

At weekends and Bank Holidays you can catch the 79 bus from Brighton up to Ditchling Beacon.
The service is provided by a partnership between Brighton & Hove City Council, The National Trust and the South Downs National Park Authority.

South Downs Way

Walk, run, cycle or ride across the downs; a round trip from Ditchling Beacon to Blackcap is approximately 5 miles.

15 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Ditchling

Are you up for our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ challenge? Here at Ditchling Beacon we've found 15 things for you to tick off your list - how many can you do?

Don't miss...

  • The cows that graze nearby
  • Picnicking on sunny days
  • Spotting the sights from the highest point
  • The mist rolling up the valley
  • Impressive views over the Weald
  • The remains of the Iron Age hill fort