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Devil’s Dyke Walks

Devil's Dyke

Devil’s Dyke Walking Trails (National Trust), The Devil’s Dyke (Fancy Free Walks, PDF), Devil’s Dyke and the World’s Greatest View (AA), Devil’s Dyke Histories and Mysteries  Walks (NT, PDF)

  • a choice of walks in and around around Devil’s Dyke
  • rolling chalk downland, field paths – some trails have a steep climb  or descent and some have several stiles
  • good choice of pubs depending on walk taken –  Royal Oak, Poynings, Shepherd & Dog, Fulking, Devil’s Dyke pub
  • Devil’s Dyke can be busy but you can find peace and quiet quickly
  • accessible by the special Brighton ‘Breeze up to the Downs‘ bus (start at Devil’s Dyke)

buscup of tea

Excellent walks with fine views and a chance to walk through the Devil’s Dyke, a spectacular, steep-sided downland combe or cleft 91m deep and 800m long. Legend has it that the Devil was attempting to drown the parishioners of the Sussex Weald by gouging out a channel to the sea. Halfway through his sinister task, an old lady lit a candle and the Devil, mistaking the flame for the rising sun, did a runner, leaving his work unfinished. The truth is more prosaic – the Dyke was carved through ridges of rolling rock by meltwater during the last ice age leaving a fine and spectacular example of a dry chalk valley.

View from Devils Dyke

View from devil’s Dyke towards Fulking

The pretty village of Fulking with the  perfectly positioned Shepherd & Dog pub, is tucked away at the foot of the Downs.  A steep haul leads you back to the top of the South Downs escarpment and the South Downs Way. There are stunning views northwards across the Weald and south across rolling downland landscape to Brighton.

 

 

Fulking Walk from the Shepherd and Dog

View from Devils Dyke

View from Devil’s Dyke towards the Fulking escarpment

Fulking Walk (National Trust)

  • 2 miles
  • Short steep ascent at the beginning and in the middle.
  • Shepherd & Dog at Fulking
  • Accessible by bus if you walk down the hill from Devil’s Dyke (slightly longer walk); this also makes for a good extension to the walk

buscup of tea

This short 2 mile circular walk starts from The Shepherd & Dog at Fulking, a wonderfully situated pub right under the Downs near Devil’s Dyke.

The pub has a very attractive garden with a stream running through it. The stream’s source is a downland spring. Just beside the pub, look out for the public tap and horsetrough with a tiled inscription from a psalm in honour of the leading Victorian art critic and patron, John Ruskin.

The path up to the Downs starts from a path adjacent to the garden. At the top, take in the spectacular views across the Downs.

To extend the walk, see  Devil’s Dyke: Walks to do before you Die.