THE DEVIL’S DYKE, South Downs

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Leg­end tells how Old Nick vowed to flood the churches of the Weald by dig­ging a trench through the South Downs in one night. His fren­zied ex­ca­va­tions dis­turbed a woman who lit a can­dle, in turn wak­ing a cock­erel which be­gan to crow, con­vinc­ing the Devil that dawn was fast ap­proach­ing. He fled, leav­ing the dyke un­fin­ished and the peo­ple of Sus­sex in peace. More ra­tio­nal ex­pla­na­tions say ero­sion cre­ated this sub­lime, V-shaped valley.  WALK HERE: Turn to Walk 5 in this is­sue.

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