Photo of Ditchling

Distance from the South Downs Way: One mile

Ditchling is very picturesque downland village, a few miles inland from Brighton and dominated by Ditchling Beacon, one of the higher points along the South Downs Way. There are no shortage of historic buildings, the oldest of which is the fine 13th century Norman Church. Opposite the church is Wings Place, bought by Henry VIII for his fourth wife Anne Of Cleves. More recently, Ditchling was home to an artist’s colony in the 20th Century; you can find out more about this and other local history at the excellent Ditchling museum.

It is home to a couple of excellent pubs so makes an excellent stopping off point along the South Downs Way, either for lunch or overnight.

Getting Here & Home Again

By Train & Bus

The closest railway station is Hassocks, around 2 miles away, with direct trains to London Victoria (45 minutes) and Gatwick airport (20 minutes). The other options are Brighton and Lewes, both around 9 miles away. Brighton has direct trains to London Victoria (50 minutes) & Gatwick Airport (25 minutes). Lewes also has direct trains to London Victoria (1 hour 10 minutes) and to Eastbourne (20 minutes). There are regular bus services to Brighton & Lewes.

By Car

Ditchling is just a few miles from the A23 linking Brighton to London. There is a free car park in the village centre.

Amenities

There are two pubs, several shops, a supermarket, and a post office.