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Undercliff Walk, Brighton

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Walk, cycle, and enjoy the sea air at Undercliff Walk, a popular scenic coastal walk stretching from Brighton Marina to Saltdean. This area is of special historical and geological interest, containing fossils of mammoths, woolly rhinos, and hippos. The iconic chalk and flint cliffs, which have become a symbol of East Sussex and Kent, are propped up by a concrete seawall. A broad promenade tops the wall, providing walkers with unobstructed views of the cliffs and the sea. The walk is about 4.8 km (3 mi) long, and passes through the picturesque village of Rottingdean, famous for its tea shops and small restaurants. On sunny days the glare from the cliffs can be quite intense, so don’t forget to bring your sunglasses. Put Undercliff Walk into our Brighton itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Nice walk along the seafront shielded from the town by a high cliff. Clean and well-groomed pathways; not too crowded.  more »
  • I like walking and running and this is by far the nicest place to do both. The sun, the sea, the seagulls, such a magical place  more »
  • you have many choices for starting points on this excellent work. Beginners can get bus to Ovingdean ( St Dunstans home for the blind, and walk west to Brighton Marina or east to Rottingdean. or....yo...  more »

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During the height of the tourist season and on most weekends Brighton is a very congested city, where driving is difficult and parking is limited in the central areas most frequented by tourists. Avoid getting stressed out by staying at a self-catering apartment or a private B&B farther away from this part of town. Brighton's famous nightlife may be a bit far from there, but you can still enjoy seafront walks, good restaurants, and excellent shopping. Private seafront lodgings allow you to enjoy your stay quietly in comfort, while remaining within walking distance of Brighton's best beaches. 
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