Winter walks…at Devil’s Dyke

Apparently the Devil got angry one day at all the churches that were appearing so he decided to flood the land…but he got thwarted…or something like that and Devil’s Dyke, now a designated National Trust site, was created (you might want to check this story out for yourself). Hop on the number 7 bus, cycle or drive up and marvel at the great views and feel like you are on top of the world.

Looking down from Devil’s Dyke makes you feel like a king…with the Weald* spreading out on one side and Brighton and the shimmering sea on the other. Our own little adventurer loved jumping in the muddy puddles in the car park (thanks Peppa Pig) and looking down rabbit holes. We’ve been up there a few times in recent weeks in different weathers and once you’ve blown the cobwebs away it gives you a great excuse to go home, light the fire, watch Disney’s Heffalump movie again and have a warming Whisky Mac (like we need an excuse, but it helps!).

Tips for walks around Devil’s Dyke:

  • Wear proper walking boots or wellies – it can get seriously muddy plus you need grips for the rocky, hilly and slippery bits
  • Wrap up…the wind can get pretty fierce up there (and that’s fierce as in really windy, not in a fashionista sort of way)
  • Take snacks and hot drinks…and / or plan for a pub lunch (the Royal Oak in Poynings perhaps? Just leave your muddy wellies by the door)
  • Take £2 for parking all day (or free if you are a member of the National Trust)
  • Stop and breath the fresh air and ignore your mobile phone for the day…go on I dare you…

And Buddy the Bear came too...looking for rabbit holes...
And Buddy the Bear came too…looking for rabbit holes…
View across the Weald* from Devil's Dyke
View across the Weald* from Devil’s Dyke
The ponds at the bottom of Devil's Dyke, near Poynings...renamed 'Heffalump Hollow' for the day
The ponds at the bottom of Devil’s Dyke, near Poynings…renamed ‘Heffalump Hollow’ for the day

* The Weald…the name given to the area situated between the North and the South Downs. It crosses the counties of Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey.

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