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Name:Ditchling Beacon
Hill number:2912
Height:248m / 814ft
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:East Sussex (CoU)
County (CoH):Sussex, East (CoH)
County (CoA):East Sussex (CoA)
Catchment:Ouse (Newhaven), Catchment Boundaries
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top, Clem
Grid ref:TQ 33161 13075
Summit feature:no feature: ground 4m N of trig point
Col:34m  TQ338217  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 198
(1:25k) OL11 122
Observations:ground is 0.3m higher than trig point; ground in field to S is 0.4m lower
Survey:Abney level
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  • East Sussex (1974) administrative county top
  • Sussex, East historic county top
  • East Sussex current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 464 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked in car park and took short walk to trig.Hippy7718/02/2020
quick spot of star gazing with family after panto at PlumptonPete West19/01/2020
Short walk up from the car park. The neighboring field looked higher so i popped over the BW fence and wandered around.fosal2911/08/2019
Visited while leading a walk with the University Walking SocietyJamesA6006/08/2019
Short walk from car parkLongwojo02/08/2019
Ran 9 miles with L over the Downs from Ditchling village to her work meeting in Hove I continued the extra 2 miles to the sea and back then in melting heat at mid day we walked (too hot to run) back again taking in the trig after clocking up 20 miles-ish and feeling pretty weary in the heat. Passed several sweltering D of E groups of youngsters - odd as we have found over the years it normally rains when D of E groups are out and about.Chris Pearson08/07/2019
Just a walk up road path and jog down sledge hill today with L at 5pm before supper. still very muggy. but still beautiful. 22nd ascent. Back to watch USA beat Netherlands in Women's football world cup.Chris Pearson07/07/2019
Two more ascents today at 9am then 9pm - both hot and muggy. 9am pre- dentist: up road path to hug tree shade- overtaken by another gasping runner - had to give chase! down to Westmeston then went astray in overgrown wood. 9pm after watching England Women lose football world cup 3rd place playoff. cooler but still shirtless- up and down sledge hill in dusk -reduced to a walk in dark of Nye Woods - bumped into a gentle black lab -that took my t-shirt from my hand as an assumed gift - returned by owners with a torchChris Pearson06/07/2019
Two separate running outings today from Ditchling village. 1. A 2 hr '3 ascents' training run in 22 degree heat. Ditchling to summit 30 mins up via Ditchling Downs aka sledge hill to locals. 10 mins down to Westmeston, 20 mins up The 'V' to top stile. Then reverse 30 mins back to Beacon trig and a gentle jog back in overpowering heat. Lost 3 pounds (1.5 Kilos / 1.5 litres) in sweat / breath. 2. Cool of the evening - 7.30pm up again for a simple 1 hr loop to top and back. Coincided with cycle race to top which had closed the road.Chris Pearson05/07/2019
2 minute walk up from car park to E. Fine viewpoint with a lovely inversion in the valley below. HP appears to be in the field about 25m SW. Access to HP complicated by double BWF but a metal gate allows access if you walk about 100m to the S.Wheelsy09/06/2019
Stopped in car park on way back to Ditchling after a good tough 3 hour run in hot sunshine doing intervals linking wanted trigs on the Downs SE of Lewis. Sat In car listening disapprovingly to reply on radio of last nights world champs boxing in US, amazed how commentators can keep up. Meanwhile the Ditchling Beacon double decker arrived from Brighton with a good crowd on board, and an old sports car,whose driver took the steering wheel with them to stop car being stolen. After short stroll to trig down to 4 hours of exam marking now that my truculant computer seems to be working again.Chris Pearson02/06/2019
Hassocks to Southease over Ditchling Beacon, Mt Harry, Swanborough Hill.deknyff21/04/2019
20 mile circular from Clayton Windmills - overcast, then sunny, generally windy.atreides788731/03/2019
From the carpark to the summit, then on to Keymer Post by way of the Slip which decends the scarp to Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve, then up again. By staying in the open access land away from the SDW offers much better environment as well as unobstructed views.Pete West27/03/2019
With Val. Car park only about 100m SE of summit. An easy walk of about 5 minutes in good weather. Good views from summit.mike.hoult18/03/2019
7m circular walk from cp at bottom of Ditchling Beacon, sunny and dry, visited Jack and Jill windmills on routeJephcote8317/03/2019
Five minute walk from nearby car park.NormanW14/02/2019
First wander allong SDW year. Briskly along from Jack & Jill and back in an hour. Bright but chilly wind.Pete West09/01/2019
On a busy New Year's Day, Helen, Molly & I parked in the Jack & Jill Windmill car park and then followed the South Downs Way route along to the Trigpoint and hill top summit.JohRvs01/01/2019
Short Christmas Day stroll along SDW with my daughter, Clodagh.Pete West25/12/2018
From car park - hardly time to zip up my jacket before reaching summit in drizzle and permagloom today. In passing after dropping L off at AmEx stadium for work meeting and a wet walk up to Balmer Down trig. Then down to Ditchling for a much harder climb - onto D''s roof to remove leaves from gutter. A National Park ranger was being filmed / interviewed in car park - why on a blowy damp , drizzly grey gloomy unpleasant morning with no views - almost replicated a nasty (normal?) day on HelvellynChris Pearson03/12/2018
Wet windy and foggy but great company.gettingonabit01/12/2018
At dusk, on RoW from NT pay & display CP (pay & display applies 'from dawn until dusk').Isbjorn07/11/2018
Walk from Ditchling Beacon to Housdean Farm along South Downs Way organised by South Downs National Park for staff and authority members in support of the Mend Our Ways campaign to fund maintenance of the national trail.Pete West14/09/2018
Short walk from local car parkTopographer5707/08/2018
with elizyanne from the CP after the excitement of crowboroughGmacT09/07/2018
After another even hotter day -pushing 30 degrees. After 14 work days on the trot was tempted to eat and sleep once back at D &J at 8.40pm but lethargy overcome and out for a another lovely circuit for an hour plus -walking no running in the thick still humidity -no breeze tonight - bare top at 10pm and down in dusk to glimpses of badgers in the woods. The old telephone box at Westmeston now a free book exchange -mostly how to succeed at business type books -indicating the sort of resident who can afford to live around here. Passed the farm of Dolly the worlds oldest sheep (23 years, in 2015, or 120 human years) mention since?Chris Pearson01/07/2018
Late June heatwave. Avoided the scorching high 20s temps by a sunset ascent at 9pm with a wonderful cool breeze. Shirtless - actually felt wonderfully chilly. The usual eclectic summit visitors aided by the adjacent car park - couple with a full wicker hamper having a sunset meal, and joshing sixth formers with the usual f based vocab so often heard today , and a stolen road cone for photo antics. Soon back onto the tranquility of the sledge hill descent as the sun dipped over the Weald.Chris Pearson27/06/2018
Very misty start to the day but became progressively clearer. Hassocks Station to Lewes.jedthehumanoid30/05/2018
An hour's Interval run whilst staying at D &J's. Beautiful still humid evening after intense summer downpours had left the ground sticky with mud. Shirtless in shorts taking in the tranquil views over toyland countryside of perfectly neat farms and fields and woods and big detached houses. No wonder Raymond Briggs who lived below the Beacon had his snowman floating on high over such pastoral calm ( albeit when 26 degrees colder than this particular evening)Chris Pearson30/05/2018
Hot, humid and sticky. Our usual 3 ascents of The Downs from Ditchling but walking and chatting today not running. Great to be out after the prolonged hideousness of driving into and out of London yesterday.Chris Pearson27/05/2018
Rain soaked rush from the car park.callumorr29/03/2018
11th ascent and first time I've ever driven up by taking the scenic route back from Brighton to Ditchling after dropping Tina and her mum at the station. Approaching from the south up the gradual incline you suddenly get the full wham of the view northwards over the Weald which was very pretty on this sunny blue sky 1st day of Spring. Short stroll in best trainers to trig trying to walk lightly over chalky mud caused by melting snow from the aftermath of the freezing mini beast from the eastChris Pearson20/03/2018
With K. Quick dash from car parkAshley08/03/2018
Repeat of yesterday's 12 km solo run. Frozen ground. L sadly confined to barracks still due to chest reaction to cold air - not good timing with an arctic blast of freezing air from Siberia on its way. Glorious sunshine and visibility in the numbing wind on top.Chris Pearson25/02/2018
Solo 12km run to the Beacon and back from Burgess Hill whilst L stayed back in sun warmed lounge as the freezing air was playing havoc with her breathing. Blue sky but frozen ground was as slippery as heck where part melted on descent. I probably slid downhill faster than today's disappointing GB 4 man bob in the Winter Olympics and certainly had more fun than Team Muirhead who sadly failed to even win a bronze in the curling despite all that shouting and drama.Chris Pearson24/02/2018
Walked up via Plumpton Bostal I used access land through the field rather than the concrete track and walked across to the Beacon. A nice little walk!woodcutter10/02/2018
5/11 Quick stroll from car park - still six to go.SS09/02/2018
Parked in the national trust carpark walked to summit and Trigjmistry8612/01/2018
After yesterday ,back up again with L for our running fix, but just two ascents today. A nice frozen morning - helpful for the mud. Found the remains of the old trig flush in the grass near current trig. Later to Brighton to look after 3 Burmese cats for 2 days and to walk the seafront .Chris Pearson16/12/2017
3 ascents of the Downs with L on our usual running circuit when visiting family in Ditchling. Despite the cold wind and mud, strangely satisfying once underway and the natural endorphins kick in with the hard uphill effort. A rhythm develops and a mindfulness takes over as you live in the moment aware of every step and heightened senses of the the surroundings - so that you find you almost ' disappear' as Billy Elliot wonderfully said when asked what he felt like when dancing. A good feeling on gloomy cold December day.Chris Pearson15/12/2017
A gorgeous autumnal afternoon of golden leaves and light with L from Ditchling and down via Westmeston . Here lived Sir Stephen Demetriadi who gifted the Beacon to the NT in memory of his son Flying Officer Richard Demetriadi who age just 21 was killed flying his Hurricane in the Battle of Britain off Portland . His body was washed up on a French beach and he is buried in a war graves cemetery there. A fitting moment to reflect on the eve of Remembrance Day.Chris Pearson10/11/2017
10/11M from cp to the top easy.robertphillips05/11/2017
Parked at the Ditchling Beacon NT CP (TQ 334 129) (Pay machine Broken) easy walk 250m W to the summit TrigTony Hartry01/11/2017
With Wendyijpowell25/10/2017
A Ditchling homecoming at L's parents after 6 weeks in the Indian Himalayas. So green and lush compared to the dusty brown of Ladakh. With L (suffering from a germ) passing home of 'The Snowman' creator - Raymond Briggs then up between 'sledge hill' and 'the tank track' and along the crest amongst the chasing dogs to trig once again. Then down for lunch.Chris Pearson31/08/2017
Bagged as YSM0049 Ditchling. Another one Mr U2 already had in the bag and luckily he didn't have to wait long in the car as it's just a short trip from the carpark to the pillar. If you are also a trig bagger don't forget to look for the remains of 'TP10124 - Ditchling' which is close by. #4 day#2 - on the road again Total day#1 #13thejackrustles19/08/2017
Passed by here a few years ago on BHF London to Brighton cycle ride. Too tired after the killer hill, to make a detour to the summit.ngthack15/08/2017