Devil's Dyke


Devil's Dyke is a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way in southern England, near Brighton and Hove. Devil's Dyke was a major local tourist attraction in the late 19th and early 20th century. (taken from Wikipedia)

Local folklore explains the valley as the work of the devil. The legend holds that the devil was digging a trench to allow the sea to flood the many churches in the Weald of Sussex. The digging disturbed an old woman who lit a candle, or angered a rooster causing it to crow, making the devil believe that the morning was fast approaching. The devil then fled, leaving his trench unfinished. The last shovel of earth he threw over his shoulder fell into the sea, forming the Isle of Wight. (also taken from Wikipedia)

This is a panoramic photo I created by manually stitching together several photos in a paint program. There are several programs to do this automatically for you these days, but back then they were hard to come by.

The photo is, in fact, not strictly of Devil's Dyke itself, but of the view from the top of the South Downs towards the north. It is worth visiting if you are in the area on a sunny day.