The minor villa of Saddlescombe sits on the South Downs Way and has a rich history. Recorded in the Domesday Book, it has been a downland ranch for as long as 1,000 years.
The Knights Templar once possessed Walk the Devil’s Dyke– the Templar request’s priests lived, cultivated and revered here during the thirteenth and fourteenth hundreds of years.
During World War II, Canadian fighters utilized the encompassing fields as a preparation ground. Today Saddlescombe is a tranquil village with a ranch, a walkers’ bistro and a National Trust office. The chalk downland of Newtimber Hill, over the homestead, is wealthy in wild blooms and is an extraordinary spot to spot winged animals of prey, for example, vultures and red kites.
- Distance: 4m (6.4k) – 1½-2hrs to walk.
- Terrain: Chalk and grass ways, with a couple of slopes.
- Where to leave: In the National Trust vehicle leave, next to the Devil’s Dyke bar, which can be come to by means of the Devil’s Dyke Road.
- Bus course: The beginning of the walk can be come to by means of the No.77 transport, from Brighton.
For a bar lunch – The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is a two-minute drive, invites hounds (on leads) and does great nourishment. To arrive at it, head north on Saddlescombe Road and take the principal left, which transforms back forcefully and drives downhill into Poynings town. At the intersection head left and the bar is 200 meters to your right side.
1 Take the thin way that heads south, steeply down a bank, from the vehicle leave on the southern side of the Devil’s Dyke bar. Tail it downhill, in the long run experiencing an entryway. After the door, head left, strolling down the lofty verdant way into the dry valley known as the Devil’s Dyke.
2 Walk along the base of the Dyke. In the end the valley bends around, taking you northwards to an entryway. Keep up bearing through the door, along a way through hedgerows.