GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brighton and Hove Five Peaks Circular Walk

19 miles (30 km)

Starting and finishing at Hove Park, this 30km loop takes in some of the highest peaks on the South Downs National Park in the Brighton & Hove catchment area.
The 5 Peaks are as follows
1: Hollingbury Hill Fort (185m)
2: Ditchling Beacon (248m)
3: Wolstonbury Hill (204m)
4: Newtimber Hill (203m)
5: Devils Dyke (203m)
Each of these peaks offer spectacular views both north, south, east and west across Sussex across to the North Downs to the North to Lewes in the East, Lancing to the West and over the English Channel to the South, where on a clear day you might see the Isle Of Wight.
Each Peak offers up a wealth of history including the remains of iron age settlements on each peak.

Brighton and Hove Five Peaks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brighton and Hove Five Peaks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east of the route you'll find the interesting village of Iford. The historic settlement includes 18 listed buildings, a 12th century church and a sundial marking the Greenwich meridian which runs through the village. From here you can enjoy a walk up to the viewpoint at Iford Hill on a particularly lovely section of the South Downs. On the Iford walk there's also Rodmell where you can visit the National Trust's Monk's House. The 16th-century weatherboarded cottagewas once the home of author Virginia Woolfe and her husband.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Brighton Walks and South Downs Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Hove Park - geograph.org.uk - 1126290

Hove Park. Laid out in 1905 on land once known as Goldstone Bottom. The trees mark the course of The Droveway across the park whilst the landscaping can be seen where a football pitch to the left has been levelled out.

Hollingbury hillfort (1) - geograph.org.uk - 840770

Hollingbury hillfort. This is the defensive rampart of the Iron Age hillfort on the north side of the enclosure looking east.

Ditchling from Ditchling Beacon - geograph.org.uk - 48438

A view over Ditchling village from the Beacon. Taken from above the nature reserve looking north towards the village. The junction at the bottom of the hill is where Beacon Road crosses with Underhill Lane.

Iron Age Fort, Wolstonbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 933459

Iron Age Fort, Wolstonbury Hill. Dated around late Bronze Age, early Iron Age the fort is at the peak of a chalk spur that looks out across the Weald. Its prominence meant that Romans, Saxons and Normans used it. Viewed from the fence of the bridleway that runs down to Pyecombe Street. The line of bushes crossing left to right marks the course of another bridleway whilst the orangey-red colour is courtesy of the late evening sunset.

Crossdyke on Newtimber Hill - geograph.org.uk - 388338

Crossdyke on Newtimber Hill Crossdyke - a single ditch with a bank either side. Cross dykes seem to run across the main ridge of the Downs and this one running from Newtimber Holt to North Laine in Saddlescombe is typical. It is described and drawn in Sussex Archaeological Collections LIX page 37 (1918) but termed a 'Covered Way'. The descent shown here is now part of a bridleway.

Devils Dyke - geograph.org.uk - 1061666

This is the true Devils Dyke. A lot of people seem to park at the top and look across the Weald to the north rather then exploring the whole area

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