From Iron Age footprints left by early human settlers to Victorian business ventures, Devil's Dyke has a rich and varied past. During the dark of war, the estate was commandeered by the military before being returned to the beauty enjoyed by everyone today
The South Downs Way, which visitors walk today and cuts across Devil’s Dyke, has its origins in an ancient track that has been used by humans for more than 2,000 years.
By the late 19th century, Victorian mechanical innovation had been mixed with a carnival spirit to create an Adventure Park that became the Disneyland of its day
By 1918 the Devil’s Dyke had been requisitioned by the Ministry of war and transformed into munitions research and testing ground.
Devil’s Dyke was transformed by military occupants during the Second World War. Soldiers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand trained on the South Downs to repel any invasion.