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Devils Dyke is a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way in West Sussex, it is close to Brighton and Hove. It is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Beeding Hill to Newtimber Hill. Devils Dyke was a major local tourist attraction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Local folklore states the dyke as the work of the Devil himself. The most popular form of the story begins with the conversion of the Kingdom of Sussex to Christianity. Sussex was the last of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to embrace the new faith, and its conversion infuriated the Devil as he was clearly going to lose his last dominion in England. He therefore resolved to exterminate its inhabitants by digging a trench through the South Downs so that the sea would flood through and drown the people of the West Sussex area. T
he local hermit Cuthman of Steyning found out about the Devils intentions and came up with a plan to stop him. He challenged the Devil to a bet that if he could complete the trench in a single night he could have Cuthmans soul, but if he failed then he would have to abandon the project and leave the people of West Sussex alone forever. The Devil accepted the bet and began work that night, working his way southward from Poynings toward the sea. The mounds of earth thrown up by his digging formed the nearby hills of Chanctonbury Ring, Cissbury Ring, Mount Caburn and Firle Beacon, and the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. At first Cuthman bided his time, but shortly after midnight he displayed a lit candle in his window while also startling a cock so that it would start crowing in to signal the arrival of dawn. The light and the sound of the cock crowing convinced the Devil that dawn was about to break, and thus that he had lost his wager with Cuthman. He therefore ran away in disgrace, leaving behind the unfinished trench which became known as Devils Dyke. Devils Dyke has now become a very popular site for paragliding.
At the bottom of the Dyke are two humps, known as the Devils Graves, under which the Devil and his wife are supposedly buried. Legend has it that if a person runs backwards seven times around these humps whilst holding their breath, the Devil will appear.
Before and after the Iron Age, Devils Dyke was used as a defensive strategic site. This was probably because of its commanding view of the surrounding terrain, and also its steep edges surrounded by large expanses of flat land.
In the Iron Age, Devils Dyke was an important site. All the vegetation was scraped off the white chalk, leaving Devils Dyke as an impressive monument to both attract and intimidate any visitors or invaders to the West Sussex site.
In Victorian times there was a Steep Grade Railway built. In late Victorian times Devils Dyke became a major tourist attraction, complete with a fairground, two bandstands, an observatory and a camera obscura, all served by a branchline from Hove. During its heyday, Devils Dyke was a huge attraction for the Victorians, with 30,000 people visiting on Whit Monday in 1893.
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