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Walks in Sussex from your Brighton B&B

It’s all too easy to just step outside of your Brighton B&B and only ever walk up and down the seafront. Ok, when it’s really cold you probably aren’t going to venture much further than the edge of town.

Seven Sisters from Cuckmere Photo : Flickr/marcberryreid

Seven Sisters from Cuckmere Photo : Flickr/marcberryreid

But with the weather set to warm up soon (ish), it’s time you checked out the walks in Sussex and walks near Brighton, and got yourselves out into the countryside proper.

So wrap up warm, carry some warm clothes and some food, and pack a flask. Tell the kids it’ll be good for them, and before you know it you’ll be having a great family day out.

To help you get underway and leave behind the Brighton hotels, clubs, bars and shops, here are five routes to suit.

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This weekend in Brighton get walking

Now the full heat of the summer has past, a weekend in Brighton is a time when you can be a little more active. So, instead of just lolling on the beach or shopping, use the city as a base for day trips in Brighton and get exploring.

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

Devil's Dyke: Popular for walking in Brighton

The South Downs Society has organised a week of walks and strolls across the South Downs – the UK’s newest national park.

There’s fifteen different routes marked out, with plenty on offer for tourists after family weekends in Brighton as well as for more enthusiastic wanderers.

There’s no cost involved and you’ll be getting access to some of the finest countryside and attractions.

The shortest walk is just 4.5 miles, the longest 14 miles. This weekend, there are two longer routes to explore, both easily accessible from Brighton.

On Saturday, walkers will start from Billingshurst Station and enjoy 11.5 miles of Sussex tracks and trails – with a pub stop in Wisborough Green. Those fancying a little more strenuous endeavours should opt for the final route of the week, from Bosham Station via Devil’s Humps for a picnic stop, before walking on to West Ashling.

Visiting Brighton you’ll find walks all week, and for more information check the South Downs Society website.

Budget weekends in Brighton don’t come much cheaper than this, all walks are free – just remember to bring the must-have fashion accessory of any late British summer: the waterproof!

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Spotlight On: Seven Sister’s National Park

0809 017No uniformed tourist knows about Seven Sister’s. Consider yourself in the know. Seven Sisters has woods with a capital W and is about 1 hour from Brighton. The number 12 or 12A buses will take you there from Churchill Square, in Brighton Central.

The great thing about this particular open space is the diversity of the landscape. When you arrive at the park, head over to the tourism office.  Get a free map of the woods or buy one of the Country Park, for 1 pound. The Country Park has a lake and rolling hills and clearly definable paths.

Many people row on the lake. I didn’t spend much time in this part of the park but I will on my next visit. There is a sign illustrating the potential to see Badgers, which is inately facinating to me hailing from a concrete jungle. The Badgers can be seen more near dusk because they are nocturnal animals.

There is a country pub at the top of the hill, selling overpriced food and Real Ales but I recommend eating at one of the other restaurants near the Tourist Information.

As I said before the woods was the real draw for me and many mountain bikers. You can actually rent a bike here. Both the Country Park and the woods are bike friendly and paths are all easy to follow. 0809 010

In the woods, people can go Orienteering, which is a game where you find landmarks. The great thing about these woods is that they are huge and fairly dense but it is hard to get lost. If you wanted to not see a soul you could.

I also saw some lovely butterflies whilst here. There are many different kinds of birds that live here but you need to go a little thicker than the entrance to hear them. Some the park is quite hilly but while you would need to think about  proper footwear if it rains heavily, a lot of the paths are rocky with small stones and therefore less muddy than one would think.

As Seven Sisters is right near Eastbourne, if you want to make a day of it head over to the town afterwards. Eastbourne is fairly large with a good selection of restaurants and a pier with amusements like Brighton. The vibe is kind of similar to Brighton but less urban.

I really enjoyed visiting this park. If I lived closer to it, I would have gone back today. If you’re a nature buff you’ll really like this park. It is worth the one hour ride to visit it.

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