In a compact city such as Brighton walking is often the quickest way to get from A to B, however if you are just walking in Brighton as a means of transport then you’re missing out! I love walking and Brighton is a great place for a walking break as you are really spoiled for choice when it comes to walking routes.  Which is why I was not surprised to hear that the city has been shortlisted for Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award and if you agree then please vote for us, thank you!

But in case you need some more convincing let me tell you about a few of my favourite walks in and around Brighton…

Photo of people walking along Hove promenade taken by Light Trick Photogrpahy

Luckily for me our office is close to the seafront so I’ll often enjoy a 30 minute stroll along the prom during my lunchbreak. Aside from the obvious physical benefits of getting me up & moving from my desk, it’s a chance to clear my head and a reminder of how wonderful our city is. If you’re not confined to your lunchbreak then the seafront promenade actually stretches for 8 miles so depending on how energetic you are feeling you can do as much or as little as you fancy. The full distance runs from Hove Lagoon to Saltdean and can easily be broken down into smaller sections with plenty of places to stop for food along the way!

Undercliff Walk

Photo of the Undercliff Walk from Brighton Marina

I’m sure most of our visitors will already be familiar with the Brighton Palace Pier to Hove Lawns section of the promenade and all the various attractions along the way so for something a bit different I would suggest taking a ride on the Volk’s Railway and then doing the Undercliff Walk starting from Brighton Marina.

This section of the walk is on the sea wall under the cliffs (hence the name!) and the dramatic coastline is a great backdrop for a leisurely stroll. This route is popular with both pedestrians and cyclists but the walkway is wide so there is plenty of room for everyone, you’re also bound to see plenty of dogs too. The walk is approximately 3 miles (5 km) and so can be comfortably completed in about an hour. There are public toilets and cafes along the route or you could detour from the walk and visit the picturesque village of Rottingdean. From Saltdean if you don’t fancy walking back there is a coastal bus service which will take you back into the city centre.

Healthwalks

Photo of people doing a Healthwalk round Stanmer Park

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor if you fancy doing more walking in Brighton but aren’t sure where to start then the council's free Healthwalks programme is ideal. Led by volunteers the award-winning scheme offers 18 regular walks ranging from 1 to 3 miles. All the walks are accessible by public transport and are a great way to see more of the city whilst getting some exercise.  The Healthwalks also provide an opportunity to see more of our lovely parks such as Preston, Hove & Stanmer.

Country walks

Photo of the Tiger Inn paub in the village of East Dean, near Brighton

In addition to the seafront and the city Brighton is a gateway to the South Downs National Park so why not hop on a bus and enjoy a day out in the country? Devil’s Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Stanmer Park are all accessible by bus – including open-top buses over the summer.  Alternatively if you want to explore a little further out then you can catch a 12 Coaster bus from the seafront which goes along the coast to Eastbourne including stops at the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. However my advice would be to get off at East Dean as from this village there is a lovely circular route to Birling Gap and then when you return to the village you can pop in to The Tiger Inn for some food and a well-earned pint – I recommend the Long Man Best Bitter.

Do let us know if there are any other walking routes you particulalry enjoy doing in Brighton or Sussex.

Charlotte

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The Tiger Inn
Pub/Inn
The Tiger Inn

A traditional English pub with open fires, real ales and hearty food set in the peaceful village of East Dean, just a short walk from Beachy Head and Birling Gap. We also have 8 self-catering cottages with stunning views across the green.

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