Breaky Bottom - Undercliff Walk - Brighton Marina
This is a long, one way, 9 mile
(15Km) walk from Lewes to Brighton with an elevation of 160m, which will take you over three hours to complete. There are quicker ways to walk between the two but this gets you up onto the Downs and ends with a walk along Undercliff Walk. On reaching the Marina
there are plenty of refreshment areas. From there, take the frequent no7 bus to Brighton Centre and either the train station or Old Stein bus stop for the 28/29 bus to get back to Lewes. Alternatively park your car in the free car park in the Marina and take
the public transport to Lewes first.
Cockshut Road car park near the Priory BN7 1JH. Buses go along Southover High street.
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From the car park, walk towards the main road high above you and find the tunnel that goes underneath.
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Once through the tunnel, go through the small gate and follow the footpath sign straight ahead across the small field to the
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After this gate,
turn sharp right up a little mound and walk alongside the large drainage ditch on your right. Walk to the end of the ditch and over the stile. (NB: some OS maps show this path on the other side of the ditch).
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As the path nears the road bear left, away from the road, towards a gate in the hedge.
From here it's essentially straight on to Iford: passing the sewage farm, doing a quick right and left on a lane and, shortly afterwards, bearing left where a path goes off towards the road.
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Walking past Iford involves two road crossings and a number of stiles, just follow the signs. At the other
end of Iford, the path sweeps round to join the main road at Northease.
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Over the road, turn right and take the lane on your left up towards North Ease Farm and Breaky Bottom Winery.
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At the fork take the right-hand lane, not the route down to Breaky Bottom. Carry on, down and up again, to the end of the lane.
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At the end of the lane the area is rather featureless
with no footpath signs and, unusually, the OS map is of little help. The important thing here is to turn right and upwards immediately on going through the gate at the end of the lane. There you will cross a stile, from which a faint path will be visible climbing
straight up the slope ahead. Up you go. It can get a bit blowy up here.
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Over the crest of the hill there's a T-junction with a marked footpath along a dirt track with views of Rottingdean below. Turn left here and carry on along the Telsombe Tye ridge. ignoring the branch paths and eventually
head towards a small, enclosed reservoir, which you pass on your right.
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Shortly after the reservoir there is a turreted house on your right. Turn left, away from the house, onto its drive.
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A short distance downhill you come to the road down to the isolated village of Telscombe. To your right (directing away from
the village) there are two signs for bridleways (as well as one for the way you've just come). Take the rightmost bridleway, along the partially tarmacked lane that is essentially the continuation of the road from the village and march along all the way to
the A259 and the coast. At the A259 cross over and turn right on the grass bank on the other side, past the obelisk and down the hill.
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At the bottom of the hill near the public toilets you will be able to access the concreted Undercliff Walk, which you can then follow all the way to Brighton
Breaky Bottom Winery produces top-level English wines, including award-winning Seyval Blank. The owner Peter Hall will be happy to show you around and arrange a tasting
session with a little notice; telephone 01273-476427.
Undercliff walk is set on coastal defences built in the 1930s to protect the cliffs (and the A259)
and has recently been the subject of extensive restoration. It is a fine easy stroll, though blustery weather can result in having to dodge the spray. There are two gaps at Rottingdean and Ovingdean, where there are all the usual facilities, though frequently
rather spoilt by heavy traffic.
There's plenty to do and see at the Marina, including restaurants, 10 pin bowling and a cinema.