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Brighton to Devil’s Dyke

View this route on our Interactive Discovery Map

Start: Brighton
Finish: Brighton

With your Discovery ticket, you’re free to explore everything the South Downs National Park area and beyond has to offer by bus.

Devil’s Dyke is a legendary beauty spot on the South Downs Way. Only five miles north of Brighton it offers amazing views over the Weald and over the English Channel. The mile long Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest dry valley in the UK and the legend goes that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald.

It also happens to be one of the most popular spots in the country to watch hang gliders riding thermal air currents in the skies above.

From Devil’s Dyke, there is a pleasant walk to the National Trust Saddlescombe Farm (moderate walk, 1.5 miles, 1-1.5hrs) over hilly banks carpeted with flowers and teeming with insects past the dewponds and an old donkey wheel.

Why not stop for a lunchtime snack at the Hiker’s Rest café before walking back to have a drink at the Devil’s Dyke pub. Then take the bus back to Brighton.

Brighton boasts beautiful historic lanes and why not take a walk on Brighton’s famous pebbled beach before enjoying all the excitement of the funfair on Brighton Pier.


We’ve created a downloadable version of this itinerary that you can save to your mobile device or print out and take with you on your day out.

Days Out – Brighton to Devil’s Dyke (pdf file, 151kb)


Outward journey

Brighton to Devil’s Dyke
Route 77
Brighton & Hove Buses
14 times daily

Return journey

Devil’s Dyke to Brighton
Route 77
Brighton & Hove Buses
14 times daily

Along the way


Saddlescombe Farm
Saddlescombe Road, West Sussex, BN45 7DE
01273 857712

Food and Drink

Hiker’s Rest café
Saddlescombe Farm
Saddlescombe Road, West Sussex, BN45 7DE

Devil’s Dyke Pub
Dyke Road, Poynings, Brighton, BN1 8YJ
01273 857256


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