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The Kipling Roedean and Rottingdean Trail

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South Downs National Park

The Kipling Roedean and Rottingdean Trail is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Brighton, East Sussex, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 469 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Beach Views Historic site
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Getting There

A 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.

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Alex Thomson
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Hiking

Great views, moderate difficulty. Will go again

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Rebecca Santoro
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Hiking

A little boring The navigation takes you to one point and says to the walk to the start... which is actually a free car park so could have parked at the start

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Mike Bradley
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Fabulous trail. Worth parking at Brighton Marina (maximum 4 hours stay, but FREE!) - walk along the Boardwalk and you can get out and walk along the Undercliffe path from there. Adds about half a mile on to each end of the walk.

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Rosemary Townsend
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Walking

Nice circular walk taking in both sea and countryside. The overcliff is a bit samey so try taking a Brighton Bike Share bike along that part of the trail, leaving it in the bike racks at Rottingdean.

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Suswati Basu
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning views, from the beautiful aquamarine waters and beach, to the green hills and golden fields. The town of Rottingdean is lovely, with small town houses and history of Rudyard Kipling. There is even a windmill. Expect some closed gates and steep inclines.

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Tyler Dunne
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Fantastic!!!

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Ellie Green
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James Roach
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Dan P
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Youngha Chang
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Emma Dixon
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Arjuna Adlam
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Emily Murphy
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Katie Pinnell
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Sergio Riggi
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Luke Hedgecox
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Sergio Riggi
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Lauren Tait
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Phil Drake
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Olya Cir
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Mike Goergen-Makinson
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