During Lockdown 1, many people developed a new-found appreciation of natural spaces, which provided a welcome escape from a chaotic world of Zoom meetings and daily government briefings. With the country being plunged into another lockdown, our outdoor spaces are once again going to prove vital for our mental health. Here are our five best places to get a dose of fresh air in the Brighton area.
The Under-cliff pass
Get up close to the cliffs of Brighton with this walk. The Undercliff pass runs from the Marina to the Brighton & Hove City boundary at Saltdean marked by a marvellous set of rock groins. This is a great way to see the wonderful cliffs along the coastline whilst avoiding the hilly paths up above. This walk is roughly five kilometres making it a great distance to stretch your legs. There is free parking in the Marina and the number 7 bus runs there throughout the day.
Devil’s Dyke is a fantastic place for a walk with the opportunity to take in the stunning views of the South Downs whilst stretching your legs. Located five miles north of Brighton, the Dyke is famous for its mile-long valley, which is also the deepest in the UK! Other outdoor features include remains of an Iron Age hill fort and a Victorian fun fair. The number 77 bus takes you directly there and is available to board from the centre of Brighton. There is also a car park but charges do apply.
A must visit on this list. Situated next to the University of Sussex campus, Stanmer is the largest park in Brighton and part of the South Downs National Park. It has acres of woodland walks alongside open fields. Finish your walk by visiting the village tea room still available for takeaway coffee. Stanmer Park has several free car parks and the number 78 bus will take you directly there.
Located close to the centre of Brighton, Preston Park is the ideal location to get out for a lunch time walk. The park has many great features; if you are into wildlife then take a stroll through the rockery and you will not be disappointed. There is also a cycle track which is great to exercise on and the Chalet Cafe has remained open for takeaway food and drinks. Preston Park has a paid car park but you can also get there by bus – the 5 and 5A go past the entrance regularly.
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West Pier to Hove Lagoon
One of Brighton and Hove’s best assets is undoubtedly the beach, and this walk showcases it in all its glory. This route is ideal for a morning or afternoon stroll, with gorgeous views of the seafront complimented by Hove Lawns and the Lagoon. If you are stuck behind a laptop working from home all day, this is the perfect lunchtime escape. The often blustery winds are sure way to blow away the cobwebs and get your mind focused on the rest for the day. There is paid parking along the seafront and the West Pier is a short walk from the Churchill Square shopping centre.