BRIGHTON FOR BEGINNERS
New to Brighton? Why not come on this city walk which introduces you to both old and modern day Brighton and includes all of the city’s world famous attractions. The walk takes you through the heart of the city and along the seafront on mostly flat and accommodating streets.
Whilst you will find out much about Brighton & Hove it is not my intention to bombard you with historical facts and figures. I’d rather you experienced my home city in a leisurely, entertaining and sociable manner and finish the walk feeling that you had a light-hearted and enjoyable introduction to this fabulous seaside resort.
The “Brighton for Beginners” walk takes between 3 to 4 hours, perhaps a little longer in the height of the season when the inner city is very busy and a little more difficult to manoeuvre.
Treat yourself to a unique Brighton experience and enjoy, for a few hours, everything that has kept me here for nearly 40 years!
An honest word: many of my customers had to be dragged here kicking and screaming because first impressions are neither inviting nor promising! When seen from a distance it all looks a bit concrete jungle-ish but nothing could be further from the truth!
This is a gentle walk by the sea with a few interesting and amusing landmarks strewn on the way. Once in the marina, we follow The Boardwalk and cross the locks to reach the eastern wall which offers spectacular panoramic views of Brighton, the inner harbour and out to sea. You will then have plenty of time to explore the many shops or to simply enjoy the atmosphere and seafaring activities from one of the many outside seating areas, restaurants and cafés.
On the way back you will see beautiful Kemptown and some prime examples of Regency architecture and design. This is one of Brighton’s most stylish and desirable residential areas and provides an opportunity to see lovely mews houses, beautiful squares and a variety of quirky shops and flea markets.
Preston Park, often referred to as “Brighton’s lung”, is the largest public park in Brighton and a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
This walk offers a different experience of Brighton and takes in a few sights that are often overlooked and unappreciated. The park itself has many attractions and on the way there you will see many interesting places, spaces and buildings that are not normally on the tourist agenda.
The programme includes a visit to Preston Manor, an elegant Edwardian residence with a reputation as a haunted house. There will be time to enjoy the beautiful Brighton Rockery before we walk back into the city via the Clifton and Montpelier areas which are littered with stunning examples of Regency architecture.
Fortunately for us all, the walk includes a part of Brighton known as the Seven Dials where we can take our pick of cafes, pubs and restaurants and enjoy a little “breather”.
THE FAMOUS UNDERCLIFF WALK
Locally known as “The Undercliff Walk to Rottingdean”, at Brighton Wanderlust we like to walk it to its natural conclusion at Saltdean. For a change from the scenery offered by literally walking between the cliffs and the sea, Liz likes to mix in a bit of “overcliff” walking to provide her customers with some stunning – and quite different – views of Brighton.
Whilst the walk takes us out of Brighton by 5 miles or so, we remain within the boundaries of the city. On arrival at Saltdean, you will have a choice of taking the bus back into Brighton or to use the return journey for a quick visit to the village of Rottingdean. The famous English writer, Rudyard Kipling, used to live in a beautiful house – The Elms – by the village pond and there is a beautiful, “secret” garden which is open to the public. Lovely St. Margaret’s church is also worth a visit.
Buses back into Brighton are frequent although, like Liz, you may prefer to walk back just to add a lovely round walk to the things you have done whilst in Brighton.
AMAZING SHEEP COTE VALLEY
Now then, if all landfill sites were left to nature these wonderful things could happen anywhere in the world!
Once the rubbish dump of Brighton to the East of the city, this is now a truly beautiful nature reserve offering many different walks. There is one high up by the racecourse which offers stunning views over the city. There are lower walks with paths going here, there and everywhere – even a little pond much beloved of local children. Wildflower meadows, butterflies, bees and all kinds of birds add to the charm and attraction of the place. Dogs and their owners love it here, as do walkers, cyclists and runners – plenty of space for everyone to have fun their way.
Late summer, early autumn offer great opportunities for a bit of foraging – blackberries galore, apples, pears and vegetables still growing in now deserted allotments. Being picked at leisure during a walk here, these goodies provide additional enjoyment at the end of the day (or, indeed, during some time out here).
This walk can start at the park or in the city, the latter providing a really great chance for visitors to walk through and learn about some parts of Brighton that are just slightly off the beaten track. Well worth a trip out of the city centre, I’d say.