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Devil's Dyke and the South Downs.

  • London Victoria Railway Station

    115 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 9SJ , London (map)

    51.494549 -0.145764

  • Meet: on the "Main concourse" (next to the Main Ticket Office/Machines)
  • Price: GBP30.00/per person

    Refund policy

  • Devil's Dyke and

    the South Downs escarpment

    (Ending with a pint and fish & chips on Brighton Beach).


    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.

    Take a flight around the Devil's Dyke estate

    Level: Intermediate - (5/10)

    Pace: Moderate to Fast (2.5mph)

    Length: 11 miles (17.7km)

    Duration: 7hrs plus lunch

    Start/Finish: Devil's Dyke


    Lunch: The Hikers Rest or Packed Lunch

    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


    Meeting Time: 8.15am.

    Meet: on the "Main concourse" (next to the Main Ticket Office/Machines)

    Depart: London Victoria at 08.36 and arrive in Brighton at 09.27.

    No. 77 bus departs from Brighton at 10.07am and

    arrives at Devils Dyke at 10.27am

    Returning from Brighton, and arriving London Bridge at 19.30

    Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:

    Cost: £30.00 per person (Return: Rail & Bus fares. NBH costs, Organiser's fee and PayPal charges).


    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.

    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)


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

    For more information:

    Look at the following site for the simplified explanation


    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:

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