Devil's Dyke and Poynings Walk

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Devil's Dyke and Poynings Walk is a 4.3 kilometer loop trail located near Hassocks, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 4.3 km Elevation Gain: 162 m Route Type: Loop

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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.

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1 day ago

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 :)

hiking
23 days ago

Good short walk with some excellent views.

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

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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

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