I found this tree in an exposed location high up on the South Downs at a popular viewpoint known as Devil’s Dyke. John Constable the well-known Landscape Painter described this place as ‘the grandest view in the world’. Certainly there are extensive panoramic views and hopefully a future Post will document these.
The National Trust owns this place and I quote from their literature: ‘At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’ in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald. On the other hand, scientists believe it was formed naturally just over 10,000 years ago in the last ice age.’ Nearby there is also evidence of an old Iron Age hilltop fort.