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Rottingdean in the Footsteps of Kipling

Downs at Balsdean

Downs at Balsdean

Rottingdean in the Footsteps of Kipling and Company (Rottingdean Conservation Society, PDF).

  • 3 miles.
  • Mostly easy with moderate inclines.
  • Pubs and tea rooms in Rottingdean.
  • Accessible by bus

buscup of tea

Rottingdean is a picturesque seaside village that became fashionable in the nineteenth century among artists, writers and politicians and it still retains its artsy feel today.  Towards the end of the 19th century it offered seclusion and inspiration for many artists, writers and public figures, the most famous of which was Rudyard Kipling, who wrote ‘The Just So Stories’ whilst living there.

Don’t miss a visit to the lovely Kipling Gardens and The Grange Museum, Art gallery and Tea Garden. For an informative guide to the village, see the Rottingdean Village Leaflet (PDF).

The walk guides you through the principle sights associated with Kipling and also takes you up to the Downs above the village, including a visit to the ‘lost village of Balsdean’. For more information on the lost village and the Rottingdean downland area, see also the Downs on your Doorstep East Brighton guide by Brighton and Hove Council.



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).