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Devil’s Dyke, a 100m deep valley in the South Downs, near Brighton. Legend has it that the Devil was digging a trench to allow the sea to flood all the churches in the Sussex Weald. His digging disturbed an old woman who lit a candle, or angered a rooster causing it to crow, and made the Devil think that morning had arrived. He fled, leaving the unfinished trench. The last shovel of earth chucked over his shoulder fell into the sea to form the Isle of Wight.