Seaford To Brighton
On Tuesday the 5th December 17 we set off to walk from Seaford to Brighton via the Peacehaven Undercliff Walk. I was joined on this section by Jon Wall, Jay Hall, David Beech, Andrew Pagram & Eddie Etherington along with their dogs Harley & Ronnie. After a short walk I noticed the small plaque along Bönningstedt Promenade remembering the 36th Ulster Division who were stationed in the town in 1915 before setting off to France and the Somme. Lest We Forget. http://www.sommeassociation.com/history/36th-ulster-division-0
Continuing along the seafront we soon arrive at the harbour of Newhaven. This area has always been industrial and needs some TLC, we continued past the dated railway station and crossed over the bridge to the southern side of Newhaven harbour. The southern side has undergone some regeneration and looked quite pleasant with its marina, pubs and restaurants.
At this point we turned toward the Marina and walked down Fort Road. At Newhaven Fort we decided wrongly to continue down the road to the Harbour Arm and beach thinking there would be a path back up to the Fort via a set of stairs. On arrival at the beach it was obvious this was a mistake, but a chance encounter with a local gentlemen told us there was a way up the cliffs via a natural breach used by parascenders to reach the top. Within minutes we had corrected our error and found the correct path at the top of the cliffs.
Walking at the top of the cliffs we soon spotted the first part of the Undercliff Walk below Peacehaven. This foreshore promenade and sea defence is a great feat of practical engineering allowing walkers the chance to get closer to the sea in an area where this would not normally be possible. You can only walk several sections of this wall and it is not a complete walk, so you have to navigate up and down the cliff to do these sections. My only complaint is that it’s not really signed well for walkers and does have some dead ends, meaning you would have to double back due to no warnings.
The steps down from the cliff top to the path should be called the Grand Staircase due to the height. They could be a little daunting for anyone who does not have a head for heights.
At the bottom of the stairs it opens up onto a large platform where you get the chance to look along the cliffs in both directions, which are absolutely stunning.
After lunch on the cliff top at the Smugglers Rest (not to be recommended) we dropped back down for the last time onto the Undercliff Walk which runs all the way to the beach front at Brighton. The outskirts of Brighton consists of a modern redeveloped marina, shops and new build houses. We eventually pass the Volk’s Electric Railway and we set our eyes on Brighton’s fabulous Pier for the first time.
At the Pier I decide to walk its length just as the Starlings are coming in from all over Sussex to roost (murmuration). This customary display has made the Pier truly famous and although only a small display it was another thing of my bucket list to see.
After one last look back at this fabulous Pier it was time for home.