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|Devil's Dyke and Poynings|
|Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 28 Aug 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, South Downs|
|Hi, I'm Dulcie and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. It's a 3 mile circular walk taking in Devil’s Dyke, the South Downs Way and the small village of Poynings. There are stunning panoramic views as you explore the longest, deepest and widest dry valley in the UK. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex. |
The paths are firm for the most part but the sections through woodland can be very muddy after rain and in winter. The final stretch of path follows a narrow exposed ridge path with a steep drop to the side (not for the faint-hearted), so take particular care with children. The walk includes one long, steady descent and one long ascent via a very steep flight of steps set into the woodland. You will need to negotiate four stiles (all with dog-gates or open fencing alongside) plus some gates. The chalk downs are sometimes used for grazing sheep or cattle to help with conservation so take care with dogs. There are toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the National Trust car park alongside the Devil’s Dyke pub. The car park is £2 per day (correct August 2014) or free for National Trust members. Leave the A27 at the junction signed for A2038 to Hove. Turn north on the small road (Devil’s Dyke Road) signed for Devil’s Dyke. At the first fork keep left (signed for Devil’s Dyke). Ignore the small car parks off this road, simply keep ahead until you reach a sharp right-hand bend with a side road branching ahead. Take this side road and you will come to the pub and car park ahead. (Note: there are car park spaces on both sides of the pub). Nearest post code BN1 8YJ (this will bring you to Devil’s Dyke Road but short of the pub and car park).
|Start to Saddlescombe Farm|
Start point: 50.8844 lat, -0.2125 long
From the Devil’s Dyke car park and pub, walk back down the access road, making use of the stone path within the grass verge on the left. After just a few yards, IGNORE the first bridleway signed off to the left. Keep ahead along the road and take time to enjoy the views along the V-shaped valley of Devil’s Dyke to the left.
|Saddlescombe Farm to Concrete Footbridge|
Start point: 50.8884 lat, -0.1942 long
Turn left along the grass verge and ignore the signs for the South Downs Way off to the right. Instead keep ahead for a few more yards to reach a public footpath sign on the left. Turn left here, down the grass bank and over a stile. Bear right to join the tarmac path which heads steadily downhill and swings right.
|Concrete Footbridge to End|
Start point: 50.8921 lat, -0.2036 long
Keep ahead and cross the next stile to reach a large open field. Turn right along the right-hand boundary. Follow the boundary as it swings right to reach a wide wooden gate with a footpath marker alongside. Pass through this gate and keep ahead to reach a T-junction with the village road in Poynings.
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A beautiful walk but the section from the bottom of the scarp slope in Poynings up the hill is very steep indeed.
|By FSH Team on 15 Apr 2015|
Lovely walk with great views. Just be ready for some steep steps at thr end!
|By rookie18 on 16 Aug 2015|
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