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Ditchling Beacon & Devils Dyke wildlife walk

butterflies/Brown_Argus_wx This walk takes in one of the most stunning sections of the South Downs Way long distance trail. Spring and summer bring an abundance of wildflowers into bloom. The richness of the plant life is thanks to the chalk soil which forms a unique grassland habitat. With great bus links from Brighton, why not make this a green day out and leave your car at home?

Wildlife highights:
Birds: Listen out for skylark as they soar overhead. If you're lucky you might catch a sight of warblers, linnet, yellowhammer, grey partridge and corn bunting along the route too.
ButterfliesBrown argus, green hairstreak, common and chalkhill blue butterflies are amongst the species seen here.

Distance and accessibility:  5 miles / 8km – a moderate to strenuous route with some steep climbs and descents – walk in either direction and return the same way or take the bus back to Brighton 

Getting there and facilities
Buses all year round from Brighton to Ditchling Beacon and between Brighton and Devil's Dyke (Jul-Sep: daily; spring & autumn: weekends & bank holidays; winter: Sundays). For public travel info, go to www.transportdirect.co.uk. WCs and a pub at Devil's Dyke, car parks at Ditchling Beacon and Devil's Dyke.

Contact 01273 857712 or devilsdyke@nationaltrust.org.uk

Get more details on the National trust website 

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