downs view

Day out exploring the Devils Dyke in Brighton

We decided to have a day out today going for a decent walk near the Devils Dyke as the weather was very nice (but a little windy!) We thought we would park in the free car park opposite Saddlescombe Farm, walk over the hill to the Devils Dyke pub and then down to Fulking before walking back to the car. I’ve been to Saddlescombe farm before and their organic café is really lovely, so starting in the car park opposite gave me an excuse to go their on the way home! More about the café in another post!!)

The walk from the car park to Devils Dyke pub took about 45 minutes and you have a couple of options on routes to get there. We decided to go down into the valley and make our way up which was hilly but doable if you are of average fitness. The plan was to stop at the pub for Michelle to use the toilet grab a drink before heading to Fulking, but unfortunately they didn’t open until midday, however from tomorrow (9th June 2013) they are open for breakfast during the summer, Doh bad timing!!

The leg from the Devils Dyke pub to the Shepherd and Dog in Fulking  took us a leisurely hour and was all down hill. Some of the slopes were pretty steep and slippery but the average person should be ok. The Shepherd and Dog is a really good pub looking up at the Dyke with a stream, play area for the kids and excellent menu an outside bar with a BBQ menu cooking food to order. We were both tempted by the BBQ ribs with skinny chips and salad, which was a very nice lunch and well worth £7.50 each. Again I will do a review of the Shepherd and Dog in the near future! But until then I recommend you go and spend a lovely sunny day in the beer garden, you wont be disappointed.

The walk back to the pub took a little longer as our bellies were full and it was uphill but it was still a nice walk apart from seeing the aftermath of an accident involving a glider crashing into the downs. I’ve just had a look at the Argus website and the pilot was unhurt (but what looked like a badly broken glider from what I could see!!!)

By now the Dyke pub was open and a swift pint of lime and soda quenched the thirst and prepared us for the return back to the car. As I said earlier we did take a diversion to the Organic Café at Saddlescombe farm and had a sneaky cream tea for two which was very nice and a lovely end to our walk. Yes you’ve guessed it the organic café is well worth a visit and I’ll be doing a review shortly!