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Devil's Dyke and Poynings Walk is a 2.7 mile loop trail located near Hassocks, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 531 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Views Wild flowers Muddy Pub walk
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Getting There

A 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. 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. Be sure to stop at The Royal Oak in Poynings or The Devil's Dyke pub for refreshments! 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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Anna Kravec
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anji capelin-blount
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A really enjoyable walk, even in the rain! Intetesting and varied terrain. Lots of steps unhill towards the end, but even my 7 year old didn't moan too much about them And the views are magnificent!

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Emily Hillman
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Easy walk, the uphill steps towards the end were the hardest part but not too bad at all. It’s a fairly short walk, took a couple of hours with stopping of for a quick picnic half way

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Olga Agent
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We loved this trail and will definitely do it again. The views were gorgeous and the pub in Poynings was a pleasant surprise. We walked with a 6 and a 2 year old and they did quite well, though the 2 year old had to be carried part way up the steps at the end.

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amelia h
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amazing easy walk in the beginning, after reaching Poynings there’s a little pub to fill up bottles or rest if needed. from there on, the last 20 mins or so gets tough as there’s a long, steep climb of stairs and the path continues along a cliff. might not be good for people who have issues with heights. amazing view though!!!

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Tegan Taylor
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tough, stairs are brutal but up until that point it's a lovely walk.

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Lewis Andrew
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Nice walk, very steep towards end with lots of steps! Worth while though

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Lauren Tait
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A HARD uphill walk... certainly rewarded but don’t be fooled by the easy rating!!

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Charlie Mountford
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Good walk it was very muddy and fun and the steps were great (in the woods)

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Rudi Hendrick
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Devils dyke, the biggest of its type in the uk is something that must be viewed. This trail takes you around the whole thing nicely with a gorgeous little lake at the bottom. It’s a good workout too !

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Maria McColloch
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Dan P
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I loved this walk but it does throw up the issue of difficulty. Maybe AllTrails should clarify difficulty or give more options. This walk is marked as easy and at 2.7 miles I didn’t find it difficult but this walk in certain conditions will not be described as easy by the majority. Particularly the climb up the stairs (or decent depending on direction) can be quite brutal.

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Erico Cantanhede
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Beautiful views, good short walk. If you're not a hiker and you don't want a high climb on stairs don't go anti-clockwise :)

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Alex Tilley
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Good short walk with some excellent views.

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James Garner
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Nice little walk with lots of inclines, one pretty steep n a bit knackering.

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Madelaine Evans
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A really lovely walk but some of the directions need updating a little and the parts around the lake are quite overgrown where it doesn't seem to be walked very often. We did it in the rain, so some parts were quite slippery but was all part of the fun! Beautiful views and the steep steps meant we definitely earned our roast at the end!

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Han Solo
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Lovely walk with great views. Just be ready for some steep steps at thr end!

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Pauline Aufrere
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Leanne Packham
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Rhiannon Manning
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Melanie Taylor
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Sue Barham
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Ashley Marriott
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Andy Carlisle
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Louise Tull
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Gwynedd Patrick
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Jonathan Tuck
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Stacey Runas
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