South Downs
England
2016

Devil's Dyke


3. 7. 2016

Peter Schrammel

Weather

sunny

Interest

***: Over the steep northern edge of the South Downs

Route

Brighton, 29m - Devil's Dyke, 217m - Upper Beeding, 33m - Shoreham, 4m - Brighton

Elevation gain

257m

Distance

39km

Timing

2 3/4h (3/4 + 3/4 + 1/2 + 3/4)

Stamina

C

Difficulty

0

Danger

0

Visitor frequency

d: a lot of car traffic

Report

The summit near Devil's Dike, steeply carved V-shaped combe, is the hill for Brightoners to go for a Sunday afternoon stroll. Even a municipal bus line takes you straight to top. I went there by bicycle many, many times. Views are excellent over the city and reach even across the channel to France on clear days. On this first ascent I extended the trip by descending via Saddlescombe to Poynings and then continuing on a relatively quiet road along the northern edge of the South Downs to Upper Beeding. There I thought I could climb up the hills again and take a short cut to Portslade, but that path turned out to be too steep and rocky. Since I didn't know about the cycle path on the dismantled railway along river Adur, I rode on the A283, which is a rather dangerous experience due to the heavy traffic. From Shoreham I followed the cycle path along the beach back to Brighton.


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