Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke

imageThe South Downs

This is the England I dreamt of walking.

Outside of Brighton is Ditchling Beacon, a hill with 360 degree views. It is one site in a chain of locations used for huge bonfires, beacons, to warn of the Spanish Armada invasion in 1588. From Ditching Beacon we walked along South Down Way for six miles. The English Channel was on the distant left while scattered hamlets on the distant right. Tucked in between were rolling hills called Downs with the ubiquitous English sheep. The walk ended at Devil’s Dyke England’s largest dry valley with a half-pint if Bitters at the destination pub

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