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).
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