As well as a booming city centre lined with hip yet quaint shops and a daringly vibrant culture, you may be surprised to hear that Brighton is also a great place for a walk.
Home to breath-taking coastal hikes and wonderous woodland walks, Brighton’s the ideal place to explore.
So, lace up your walking boots, grab your cagoule and have a go at one of our tried-and-tested Brighton walks and hikes – suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
The undercliff walk in Brighton
One of Brighton’s most remarkable and inspiring walks is the undercliff walk. Taking you (as the name suggests!), along the bottom of the chalk cliffs, this three-mile walk is fun for all the family.
As one of the most popular Brighton coastal walks, this ramble boasts unprecedented views of the beaches below and offers the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with the white chalk cliffs.
Just be aware, if you tackle the Brighton cliff walk at high tide, don’t be surprised if you find yourself a bit wet when the waves splash over the wall. Do plan your walk, and only go out on the cliff walk when safe to do so. If you're unlucky enough to get soaked, why not dry out over a pint at the Watershed?
Brighton coastal walk
For a simple, effective yet oh-so-scenic walk around Brighton, the coastal path is a must. A five-mile stretch of simple terrain, this fabulous walking route will take you westwards out of the city.
Starting at Brighton Pier, you’ll stroll past the oldest pub in Brighton, moving swiftly onto Hove and Portslade, before finishing at Southwick. There, you’ll find a charming town where you can sit and watch the boats in the marina bob up and down in the warm afternoon sun.
If you’re looking for a charming coastal walk, there aren’t many better than this one in Brighton.
Brighton-South Downs walks
There are a whole host of South Downs walks near Brighton. One that stands out, though, is the Brighton to Lewes walking route. One of the easiest countryside walks to reach from the city, this seven-mile hike offers impressive views of the South Downs.
Starting from the train station, head out towards the South Downs Way National Trail. Once you’ve reached the trail, you’ll have access to miles of untouched grassland and impressive views.
Taking a moment to stop at the idyllic village of Kingston, you’ll see nothing but charming 14th-century cottages before you begin the ascent to the big finale on your Brighton to Lewes walk: Lewes Castle.
Falmer hiking loop
Looking for a woodland walk near Brighton? Look no further than Falmer's hiking loop. This six-mile walk is a short train ride or cycle away from Brighton, but it’s well worth it.
As you meander through the leafy woodland track, you’ll have the chance to take in some of the most beautiful views in the south. Offering lovely vistas across the South Downs, you’ll feel like the king of the castle as you reach a high vantage point. Take the dog, stop for a picnic or head back down towards the city for a refreshing pint at The World’s End.
So, pack your walking boots, zip up your suitcase and head on down to wonderful Brighton.