When visiting, people too easily get trapped in Brighton. Hardly surprising as there’s so many things to do!
But if you are staying more than one day, or using the city as a base for UK tours, you should look at your Brighton Bed and Breakfast as a base from which to explore.
And it’s often the budget bus trips that provide the best service, taking you to attractions in Sussex and along the South East coast of England.
Here’s three of the routes to look for when planning a day trip:
Ditchling Beacon (Route 79)
The bus to the Beacon takes you to the second highest point on the South Downs. Previously an Iron Age hill fort, it’s now the starting point for walks across the Sussex Countryside on the South Downs Way. And if you’d prefer, it’s a fantastic picnic spot.
The bus can be caught in the centre of town, and leaves Old Steine on its way to the Clock tower, Brighton Station before heading out of town to the Beacon.Take a camera, some walking shoes and a set of lungs if you plan on heading any further north.
Dates and info: Sundays and Public Holidays from 2 October, then from Saturday 23 April – 24 September.
Devil’s Dyke (77)
Ask for a double-decker dyke in Brighton and this is what you’ll get. The 77 takes you out of town, leaving from near the West Pier and going via Churchill Sq and Brighton Station. And what a route! Once you are out of town it’s pure wind-in-the-hair motoring and dramatic views back to the coast.
The Dyke was a favoured spot for the Victorians to exercise and socialise. To the north you’ve the same endless views into the Sussex plains, but don’t forget to wander back from the viewing point and into the steep-sided valley that is the Dyke – legend has it, it’s the imprint of the Devil’s arse. Again a great budget day out near Brighton.
Dates and Info: Saturdays/ Sundays From 1 October. Then 26 June to 31 August for the open-top bus, and from 17 April for the usual double-decker.
Stanmer Park (78 and 25)
Our favourite of the nearby parks. Picture perfect English village and just on the edge of town. It plays host to festivals throughout the spring and summer, but is worth a visit all year round. There are also garden nurseries and the impressive Stanmer House to see. There are regular health walks and tours, as well as a café that does excellent cream teas – so we’re told.
Dates and info: Every 5-10 minutes leaving from Old Steine and Brighton Station, and similar for the 25 which leaves from Churchill Square.
For the best information about getting budget bus trips in Sussex, check out the Brighton and Hove Bus CompanyShare on Facebook