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East Brighton Walks: Rottingdean and the Downs East of Brighton

East Brighton Walks (PDF)

St Wulfran's Church Ovingdean

St Wulfran’s Church, Ovingdean

  • variety of walking routes to choose from – from a mile or two to around 8 miles
  • some steep climbs on some of the walks
  • pubs, toilets and tea rooms in Rottingdean, Saltdean and Brighton Marina.
  • accessible by bus

buscup of tea

Part of Brighton and Hove Council’s excellent  ‘Downs on Your Doorstep’ series of leaflets, this leaflet details walking options for exploring the Downs east  of Brighton including the undercliff walk between Brighton Marina and Rottingdean or Saltdean, and inland over the Downs.

Balsdean Church

You can pass the seaside village of Rottingdean where Rudyard Kipling once lived (visit Kipling Gardens for real peace and tranquility), the famous Roedean School, the 11th century  St Wulfran’s Church nestling in the Downs in Ovingdean, and what little is left of the lost village of Balsdean (used as target practice by the military during the Second World War).

Hollingbury Woods Easy Access Trail

Hollingbury Woods Easy Access Trail (PDF)

  • short easy access walk, free from gates and stiles and suitable for buggies, wheelchairs and the less mobile
  • smooth wide path with plenty of benches
  • about one hour walking time
  • on several bus routes

disabled access signbus

Part of Brighton and Hove Council’s excellent  ‘Downs on Your Doorstep’ series of leaflets, this leaflet details a short walk through woodlands on the northern edge of Brighton just off Ditchling Road (the link goes to the more up-to-date version by the South Downs Joint Committee).

The Chattri and the Windmills

Jill Mill on the South Downs

Jill Mill on the South Downs

The Chattri and the Windmills (Brighton & Hove City Council, PDF)

The Chattri (South Downs National Park, PDF)

  • variety of walking routes to choose from – about 5 miles from Patcham to Jack and Jill windmills and back
  • some steep climbs on some of the walks
  • pub and tea rooms in Patcham. Pub at Pyecombe.
  • accessible by bus

buscup of tea

The first of these leaflets is Part of Brighton and Hove Council’s excellent  ‘Downs on Your Doorstep’ series and details walking options for exploring the Downs north of Brighton, including the Chattri –  a downland memorial for Indian soldiers who died in the first world war, and the iconic Jack and Jill windmills sitting high on the downs above the village of Clayton. You can start walks from Patcham on the northern edge of Brighton, Ditchling Road on the way to Ditchling Beacon or the downland village of Pyecombe.

The South Downs National Park leaflet details a 3.75m walk from Patcham, and also includes a walk in nearby Stanmer Park.

 

 

Stanmer and Ditchling Beacon

The Great Wood, Stanmer Park

Bluebells in The Great Wood, Stanmer Park

Stanmer and Ditchling Beacon (PDF)

  • variety of walking routes to choose from – about 7 miles for Stanmer and Ditchling circular walk
  • easy access route of 5 miles suitable for more robust buggies and wheelchairs
  • some steep climbs on some of the walks
  • pub, tea room and toilets in Stanmer village. Pub at Falmer. Ice cream van usually at Ditchling Beacon.
  • accessible by bus and train

disabled access signtrainbuscup of tea

Part of Brighton and Hove Council’s excellent  ‘Downs on Your Doorstep’ series of leaflets, this leaflet details walking options starting from Stanmer Park (or Falmer Train Station), including a more  substantial walk up to Ditchling Beacon, the highest point in East Sussex. Stanmer is a beautiful downland park containing the grade I listed Stanmer House (now partly a pub), the flintstone Stanmer Church and a  quiet village street with a good value tea shop.

Poppies near Ditchling Beacon

Poppies near Ditchling Beacon, July 2016

A profusion of bluebells can be seen on the higher reaches of Stanmer Great Wood during the spring, and you may see poppies in June and July.