Walk - Everyone Welcome (11/08/18) Saturday, 11th August 2018 9:45 AM - 3:30 PM
(Explorer Map 122: TQ 258110).
Directions: If travelling east on the A27, take the second exit after the Southwick tunnel. At the roundabout take the next left signposted Devil’s Dyke. Continue on this road for about half a mile then fork left. Continue for a further one and a half miles and, at the sharp right-hand bend, fork left. This takes you straight to the far car park where the road ends. If approaching from the Poynings direction, head along the Saddlescombe Road and just past Saddlescombe Farm fork right. Continue up the hill past the Dyke Golf Club entrance until a sharp left-hand bend where you turn right and proceed to the far car park.
The pub will not be open in the morning. Lunch must be pre-ordered by midday, Saturday August 4th – please send your menu choices (from the menu below) to Janet at [email protected]: puddings can be ordered on the day.
The morning walk is about three miles and there is one stile. We begin on the South Downs Way from where we descend, gradually, into the Dyke, the deepest and widest dry valley in the country. En route, we should see the walls of the Iron Age Hill Fort and the remnants of Britain’s first cable car. On the gradual ascent, there is plenty of opportunity to pause for viewing. The views are breath-taking and there is a wealth of downland flora and butterflies to discover. We finish the morning walk with panoramic views running from Brighton, to the Isle of Wight, the Hogs Back, Box Hill and Ashdown Forest. Before returning to the pub, we will visit the remnants of the Victorian funicular railway and fairground sites.
We will return to the pub at midday and food will be served about 12.15.
Departing at 14.00, the afternoon walk is about two miles long. We leave the Devil’s Dyke pub and take a short drive down to Saddlescombe Farm. We cannot park in the farm: instead we will use the parking area opposite. Taking care when crossing the road, we begin with a short walk through the farm and then climb Newtimber Hill. Initially there is a short, steepish climb which levels out to reveal stunning views across to the Dyke and the Fulking escarpment. Newtimber Hill is one of the best spots for butterflies and flora on the South Downs. If we are lucky we could see Adonis and Chalkhill blues, silver spotted skippers and dark green fritillaries among others. The descent is gentle and leisurely giving plenty of opportunity to take in the views, flora and insects. On the return to Saddlescombe we aim to visit the restored 17th century Donkey Wheel and if anyone needs a tea stop the on-site. al fresco Wildflour Café should be open...
You are welcome to join us for either or both of these walks.
Walk led by John and Janet (John 07902 212223 or Janet 07775 917624 on the day)