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Things to see and do outside Brighton

There is so much to do here it's unlikely that visitors ever find themselves twiddling their thumbs in their hotel rooms in Brighton! Even so, there are plenty of people who come here after a little adventure. So after a few days, it's always a look past the beach and the shops, and out into the local countryside.

One off the greatest things about Brighton is its diversity. So, from your hotel in Brighton there is a range of places you can visit and things you can do, all within a few miles of the city.

The South Downs and the Dyke

Stretched across the south of England is the South Downs. This belt of greenery begins just where the city ends, and provides fantastic views, inland and to the sea.

Stanmer Park, just ten minutes north of Brighton, is a popular starting point for walks on 'the downs'. The park is classic parochial Englishness, tied up with bunting. There's the church, the terrace of picture postcard cottages and routes off into the downs.

Formerly the property of the Archbishop of Canterbury, then the Pelham family of Chichester, it was later bought by the Brighton Corporation in 1947.

Easy to get to and never crowded, it's an afternoon retreat for locals and visitors spending their holidays in Brighton. It is the perfect tonic after the effervescent gin and tonic that is Brighton.

The South Downs stretch east to west, from Eastbourne to Winchester. Leaving Brighton, headed north, the ground climbs for the first 5-6 miles, until at 150 ft above sea level it plummets down an almost sheer face. The South Downs end here, at this dramatic step; not that your fun stops, because the real fun is to be had exploring left and right, east and west, walking along the country's first long-distance bridleway.

Perhaps the best visit for a day out is the Devil's Dyke. There's a pub with stunning views, tracks for walkers and mountainbikers and the dyke, a deep sided valley, which legend has it, was dug the devil!

All this fantastic countryside is served by the 77 bus, which leaves at regular intervals not far from your hotel in Brighton. In the summer you can even enjoy an open-top ride, just hold onto your hat, it's pretty breezy up top!

Other popular day trips include Lewes, Chichester and Arundel, but more on them later…

Directions to Stanmer Park:

Take a train to Falmer or the route 25 bus. Get off at the station and cross under the motorway, turn left along the pedestrian/ cycle path and walk for two minutes: the park is everything on your right.

Directions to Devil's Dyke:

Leave your car keys in your hotel in Brighton, walk to Churchill square and jump the 77 bus. This takes you all the way up Dyke road and off into the countryside. It is also a great cycle, with real rewards waiting you for when you get there.


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