: 18.8km (11.2 miles) to Brighton station, but you can take a bus at almost any point on the walk Possible extension to Portslade
: 23.8km (14.8 miles)
: 2 out of 10: undulating grass to start with, then tarmac paths 9.47
train from Victoria
(9.53 Clapham Junction
10.03 East Croydon
) to Lewes, arriving 10.47, changing there for the 10.57 to Newhaven Town
, arriving 11.06.
Buy a day return to Newhaven Town
, which will be accepted for return from Brighton (and probably from Portslade). Walk directions
are mostly not needed
, but for some notes to help you on the walk, see here
. The directions of SWC walk 65
are useful in the afternoon: see below. For GPS
I have had my eye on this walk for some time. Perhaps a tad too urban as a summer walk, but also much less urban than you think in its early stages. In the summer one might say "mud free: wear trainers not boots". In the winter, maybe some mud in the early stages: but wear footwear that will be comfortable on tarmac as well as on grass.
You start in Newhaven
, which is a town best swiftly left behind. But beyond is a surprise - a pleasant headland
with an interesting fort and (the walk instructions suggest) a breakwater that is worth walking out onto. This is a bit of the South Coast I bet you have never been to.
From there westwards you are for 1.5 miles or so on grassy clifftop
as good as any on the south coast. 3.4 miles into the walk houses start to your right, but a reasonable grassy strip is preserved (if my memory serves me right) for another 3 miles to Saltdean
. Dotted along this stretch are several pubs
- see the walk notes
for details, eg the Smuggler's Rest
5.3 miles into the walk.
From Saltdean you can switch to a promenade along the bottom of the cliff
, which gets you away from traffic noise. There are seaside tea options
at Saltdean, Rottingdean and - my personal favourite - the kiosk at Ovingdean about 1km beyond Rottingdean (may only be open when the weather is good), where you can sit on the beach with your tea and cake and dream of summer.
From Rottingdean onwards, you could use t
he directions for walk 65
- see pages 7-8, starting in paragraph 63: these will take you all the way to Brighton station via the Pier, with a diversion into Brighton Marina. (This document also has full details of the tea options in Rottingdean: see page 2-3)
If you can time your arrival at Brighton Pier
to 4.45pm or so (twenty minutes before sunset) you can enjoy the spectacle of some 20,000 starlings circling in formation in the sky
before roosting under the pier (which they do roughly at sunset).
From there the walk 65 directions take you up through the North Laines to Brighton station, but if you have finished too early, you can carry on along the seafront to Hove
, a pleasant stretch which passes the new i360 observation tower
, cutting inland to get a bus back to Brighton station when you feel like it. If you follow the GPS track to the end you come to Portslade station
, from where there are regular trains back to Brighton.
The fastest trains back from Brighton
are at 18
, 28 48
, but the 02
to London Bridge
are only a few minutes slower. The Thameslink trains to St Pancras are slower still, but not much slower if you going to change at East Croydon. T=3.213