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Bank Holiday Monday - Devil's Dyke and the South Downs.

May Day Bank Holiday Monday

Hassocks to Upper Beeding

via Devil's Dyke and

the South Downs escarpment

It is a matter of opinion which is the finest view in South East England, but the amazing panorama from Devil's Dyke on the South Downs escarpment must surely be a strong contender.

A legendary beauty spot on the South Downs

Devil’s Dyke, just five miles north of Brighton, offers stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, a curious history and England’s most colourful habitat.

At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald. On the other hand, scientists believe it was formed naturally just over 10,000 years ago in the last ice age.

When John Constable described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as 'the grandest view in the world', he wasn’t wrong, but there is so much more to discover here than just a beautiful view.

Why it's special:
The peculiar shape of this part of the Downs, with a long indentation coming into the main body from the north, really does look artificially made; when you are down in the trench itself there's a weirdly cut-off feeling to the place. The legend of the Devil's Dyke has it that Satan was trying to dig through the Downs so that he could flood all the churches on the Weald; an old lady spotted what he was up to and persuaded the cockerels to crow, tricking him into thinking it was morning and giving up halfway through. Sussex was the last county in England to accept Christianity; devils still make plenty of appearances around here, while nearby Lewes is famous for its high proportion of witches and its paganistic bonfire celebrations.

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Please Note:
This is an intermediate walk with
a level 6 out of 10 grading for toughness.

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Level: Intermediate (6/10)

Length: 11 miles (17.7km)

Duration: 7hrs plus lunch

Start: Hassocks Station

End: Burgess Hill Station
(Return via a bus from Upper Beeding to Burgess Hill Station)

Drivers: Station Approach West, Hassocks, BN6 8JD or
Burgess Hill Station, Station Road, RH15 9DG

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Walks & Mileage Chart:
http://www.meetup.com/Natural-Born-Hikers/files/
The purpose of the Walk & Mileage chart is for you to keep track of your walks and distances covered. Your total distance covered will enter you into an exclusive Club 100, Club 300 and Club 500.
This is exclusive to NBH and offers a great prize for each Club.

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Lunch: The Hikers Rest

http://www.southdownsway-hikersrest.com/

Panini or Toasties with side salad
Jacket potatoes, choice of fillings
Soup of the day
Daily Specials board
Selection of organic home made cakes
Tea and Coffee

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Meeting Time: 8.15am.

Meet: on the Ground floor, concourse level
(near Marks & Spencer leading to platforms 8-16)

Depart from London Bridge at 08.42 and arrive in Hassocks at 09.36.

Returning from Upper Beeding via No. 100 bus
to Burgess Hill Station, and arrive at London Bridge at 19.00

RAIL TRAVEL: Advanced Groupsaver4 - £19.00 (£4.75 x 4 People)
plus No. 100 bus fare: £4.60 per person

I will arrange Groupsaver4 tickets as each group of 4 people arrive.
Please arrive early (between 8.00 - 8.15am) to save disappointment.

See Groupsave options:
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/group-save

Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/livetravelnews/planned-works/calendar/default.aspx

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Cost: £7.50 per person (NBH costs and organiser's fee). To be paid to the organiser at the start of the hike.

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NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.

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Things to bring:
Packed lunch if not eating at The Hikers Rest
Water and snacks
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for drinks)
Camera (optional)

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Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For more information:
http://www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/topics1/facts/package.htm

Look at the following site for the simplified explanation
http://www.travelwatchdog.com/Travel%20Regs.htm/

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IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx

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  • April S.

    Another great hike and quite an adventurous day! I cannot believe the fab weather we got and that I ended up on my first trip to Brighton beach eating fish & chips with such a great bunch of people. See you in Scotland in a couple of weeks Michael..

    May 27, 2013

    • Michael.

      Hi April, its difficult to determine where along the WHW has the best views, as the scenery is simply stunning. It's different each day and amazes every time :)

      May 30, 2013

    • April S.

      ok I will do some research, keep you posted ...

      May 30, 2013

  • Monika M.

    We were walking all day in a heavenly places in sunshine :) End up in Brighton, had dinner by the sea, so everything was perfect :)

    1 · May 30, 2013

  • Valeria

    Thank you for the lovely day. Eating fish and chips on a Brighton beach was just a great ending for a great day. Can't wait for next time! =)

    May 28, 2013

  • Nadia

    It was a great day, beautiful scenery and excellent company!! Will be doing it again!

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed the day and meeting everyone. Couldn't have been a better day for walking, and as ever, the South Downs looked lovely.
    Though not sure how 60 of us would have got into the pub!
    Will be looking out for the next walk I can get along to.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great, adventurous hike with great people and lots of sunshine! Ending the day on the beach in Brighton, eating fish and chips in the sunset was a great surprise bonus too :)

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good walk with great people, topped off with fish and chips on the beach - fantastic way to spend a bank holiday.

    May 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a lovely experience crossing Devil's Dyke. The views were incredible with plenty of sunshine. It was a long and adventurous day in the mountains which ended with lots of pleasant memories and wonderful people on the Brighton beach.

    May 28, 2013

  • Yann

    I guess I should have stay longer instead of leaving right away. I would have had some fish and chips on the beach too lol. But good hike and nice company. See you all next time.

    May 28, 2013

  • Siobhan

    I never imagined at the start of the day that I'd end up in Brighton eating fish and chips on the beach. An adventurous day! See you all next time :-) x

    2 · May 28, 2013

  • Ioanna

    Good weather company and scenery. ..

    May 27, 2013

  • Wasel

    Apologies for not making it, was exhausted from my cycle ride yesterday. Hope you guys have fun!!

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Waiting for the train at Three Bridges, and they all seem delayed. Will get to Hassocks eventually!

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will meet you at Hassocks station

    May 27, 2013

  • Ahmad

    Taking train straight to Hassocks... See you all there!

    May 27, 2013

  • April S.

    I am going to get a train directly to Hassocks so see you all there..

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have woken with a hangover the size of a small car and need to bail. Apologies if doing so at the last moments stopped someone else going along.

    May 27, 2013

  • Venizelos

    Never to late to joint better go to sleep now to wake up early tomorrow. Since my first time am I going to need boots or walking shoes will be fine?

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Danielle

    Too much weekend...

    May 27, 2013

  • Tony

    Sorry Michael, I have to cancel - pity as I was looking forward to it!

    May 27, 2013

  • Danny

    I'm driving from Hampton court area tomorrow morning if anyone would like a lift

    May 26, 2013

    • April S.

      hey Danny, I don't suppose you would be willing to pick me up in Streatham/Norbury on the way?

      May 26, 2013

    • Danny

      It's not on my way, but if you can get to Surbiton I can pick you up there. Message me directly

      May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to duck out now as I have to travel overseas on official business. Enjoy everyone!

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry something came up and can't make it. next time!

    May 26, 2013

  • mrinalini

    sorry i dont think il be able to make it. something's come up

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    unfortunately in the middle of packing up my flat and taking longer than i thought!! will join the next time though. Have fun everyone.

    May 26, 2013

  • Jess

    Hi, can I meet you guys at Hassocks station as I'm staying down that way...

    May 24, 2013

  • mrinalini

    Mine too ...

    May 23, 2013

  • Nadia

    My very first hike with NBH! Looking fwd to it!

    3 · May 23, 2013

  • Yann

    For people who drive do we meet at Hassocks Station? Cheers.

    May 21, 2013

    • Michael.

      Hi Yann, you can park at Hassocks station (start) or Burgess Hill (end) , either way you will need to make that short journey between the two at the start or the end of the walk. Hope that helps

      May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to a bank holiday walk and meeting new people

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, looking forward to this. Im travelling from Three Bridges so can meet you at Hassocks. So dont get me a train ticket

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My legs will have just recovered from last weekend by Monday. Looking forward to walking with you. Pray for sun ...

    May 21, 2013

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