Lewes to Brighton - Countryside and Coast

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Lowland and Hill Walks
May 04

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14 miles in 6.5 hours, including a break in Rottingdean. Includes one steep climb.

A scenic walk from Lewes to Brighton, across Downland, with an afternoon tea stop in the village of Rottingdean and a coastal walk to Brighton, via Roedean.

Our route out of Lewes takes us through the grounds of Lewes Priory and then down to the River Ouse.  After a short walk along the river bank we turn towards the village of Rodmell.  We then have our main climb of the day, up on to Kingston Ridge on the South Downs.  After a break for lunch, with views across the Sussex Weald, we will follow the South Downs Way westwards as far as Castle Hill.  We then descend through The Castle Hill National Nature Reserve towards Rottingdean on the coast. We can stop in the village of Rottingdean for afternoon tea, drinks or ice-cream.

The final part of the walk takes us along the coast to Brighton.  We will initally walk across Beacon Hill, past Rottingdean windmill, as far as Roedean and then go through the underpass to walk on the footpath below the white cliffs, towards Brighton Marina, or if time allows, a more rural route through Ovingdean to East Brighton Park and down to the marina.  The final mile of the walk will be alongside the Volks Railway on Brighton seafront, before finishing the walk close to Brighton Pier.

Please note that this is a linear walk, but there is plenty of public transport to return you to the starting point, or if you are returning to London, you can travel direct to London without returning to Lewes. 


Kingston Ridge
Brighton Pier
Kingston Ridge
Brighton Pier


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