Ditchling Beacon

There is an ice-cream van here during the summer months. 

Blow away the cobwebs whilst admiring breathtaking 360 degree views from the second highest point in the South Downs National Park. The Beacon really is the ideal destination for a family walk or cycle. 

* Walk or cycle amongst grazing cattle and sheep

* Great spot for a picnic on a sunny day

* Perfect place to fly a kite

* No steep hills!

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Ditchling Road, Nr Ditchling, BN1 8ZB


£3 All day (National Trust members free). Pay by cash or phone.



Walk as far as you wish. Our suggested route (to Black Cap) is 8.7 km (see map).


Dawn to dusk

Following the ridge of the South Downs, the route (along grassy chalk paths) is relatively flat and is pushchair-compatible year-round. The path is linear and offers consistently fine views over The Weald to the north and across to the coast.  

Dogs are welcome here, but due to grazing livestock they must be kept on a lead. Please pick up after your dog, despite the lack of bins en route.

Please note: The car park has limited space and can get very busy on the weekend. We advise getting here early!

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