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|The Kipling Roedean and Rottingdean Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 31 Dec 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Brighton|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk along the south coast near Brighton, taking in the beautiful undercliff path, the pretty village of Rottingdean and then climbing up to Beacon Hill for the return leg across the Downs. You will be rewarded throughout with expansive views both out to sea as well as across the rolling hills. Rottingdean is most famous for its literary connections with the author Rudyard Kipling who lived there and was inspired by the South Downs for some of his poetry. |
The walk follows the level, surfaced undercliff path for the first half, making for easy walking. However, do NOT attempt this walk in bad weather as the undercliff path can be dangerous with waves and beach debris at these times. The second half includes several climbs/descents across the hills of the South Downs and the unmade paths here can be very muddy and slippery in winter and after rain. You will need to negotiate a number of gates and 3 stiles (all of the stiles have open fence surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Several of the fields on the return stretch may be holding cattle so take particular care with dogs. There are public toilets half-way along the undercliff path. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the free car park on the B2066 Roedean Road (close to the entrance for Roedean School), alongside the junction with the A259 Marine Drive. Turn off Marine Drive onto Roedean Road and you will see the car park immediately on the right. The car park has a height restriction barrier and also a WIDTH restriction barrier, which should be fine for access by most cars but not for vans or other larger vehicles. Alternatively there is some roadside parking on Roedean Road itself. Approximate post code BN2 5RL.
|Start to Rottingdean Terraces|
Start point: 50.8122 lat, -0.089 long
Leave the car park back to Roedean Road and turn left along the pavement to reach the T-junction with the main A259 Marine Drive. Turn right here, crossing over each branch of Roedean Road with care, and continue along the pavement with Marine Drive running to the left and the sea beyond. Continue past the bus stop and, as you come to the junction with traffic lights, use the two pedestrian crossings to cross left over Marine Drive.
|Rottingdean Terraces to St Margaret's Church|
Start point: 50.8026 lat, -0.0571 long
Keep ahead towards Rottingdean and you will come to a crossroads with traffic lights. Use the pedestrian crossings to go straight ahead into the High Street, passing West Street car park on the left.
|St Margaret's Church to Windmill|
Start point: 50.8068 lat, -0.0581 long
Keep ahead along the road, passing the war memorial and then the village pond on the right. Follow the road as it swings right to reach a T-junction back at the High Street. Turn left for just a few yards and then cross over to turn right into Nevill Road.
|Windmill to Greenways|
Start point: 50.8061 lat, -0.0623 long
Beyond the windmill, continue ahead on the obvious grass bridleway. You will have views out to sea on the left and down to the village of Rottingdean on the right. Kipling loved the South Downs and used the hills as one of his many sources of inspiration. In his 1902 poem, Sussex, he wrote,
|Greenways to End|
Start point: 50.8117 lat, -0.0715 long
Cross over and go straight ahead through the gate to join the signed public footpath heading steadily uphill. Pass through the next gate ahead (this field may be holding cattle) and continue ahead following the right-hand fence line.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely walk on a sunny day, with plenty of pubs and cafés in Rottingdean.
|By keithneu on 03 Aug 2015|
Lovely walk but lost my internet connection and had to retrace our steps. A chance to do it again properly.
|By Wellfs on 02 Oct 2016|
Lovely walk on a perfect sunny day but beware had a little difficulty as a gate had had been tied shut near Roedean School.
|By givemeabreak on 20 Jan 2017|
First half is really boring as it follows a concrete path. After that, it gets more interesting.
|By ianweir on 24 May 2017|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Jan 2015
Map of Rottingdean - you will see this as you enter the village.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Jan 2015
Flint walls of Rottingdean - you can just see the windmill in the distance above the village.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Jan 2015
These are the market posts described in the walk narrative - thought to set out the school boundary. It looked more like 1930 than 38 to me but when we looked them up everyone described them as 1938
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