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“At the foot of the cliffs.”

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A most pleasant walk of up to a couple of miles or so can be enjoyed on fine days such as we have been experiencing this summer on the undercliff walk which runs along the foot of the cliffs in Peacehaven. Best of all the sunny days and the sea views are both free.

I can't truthfully say that Peacehaven is worth a visit in its own right as it's primarily a residential area with nothing much to attract visitors,although should you actually be in this small town a visit to the cliff tops and the undercliff walk would not be a waste of your time. However,should you be staying in Brighton as many do,you'll find that it too has its own undercliff walk (reviewed on Trip Advisor too) running eastwards from Black Rock passing through Rottingdean village and continuing to the suburb of Saltdean which is much longer and which I feel is more people friendly insomuch that access to it is not so steep and there are more places of interest to see at its access locations where one can also grab a snack and a drink or find a loo. However to be honest I can't say that I'd wish to venture down to any undercliff walk on a wet and stormy day as the sea which of course can be rough at times comes up very close indeed to the pathways at high tide and more than likely you'd probably get soaked to the skin, neither would I wish to come down at night time as there's no lighting for walkers, and most certainly there's not a lot to see after dark.

However, you will find that Peacehaven's undercliff walk which was originally built as part of the sea defences in order to prevent cliff erosion and the like is quite flat and as such it is suitable for everybody to enjoy,and it is an extremely pleasant walk on a fine day,and there are some small pebbly beaches down there too. However,as with most good things in life there is a 'but,' and being at sea level access can only be gained from the cliff tops either by the pathways or by the alternative flight of steps,both being by necessity steep so walking back uphill afterwards can be hard going for the elderly and those with walking difficulties, so do consider this fact before you venture down to this sea level walkway - although you will find that all is not lost should you find that you can't manage the steep climb back as glorious sea views can still be seen and enjoyed from the cliff top.

There are no refreshment facilities on the undercliff walk, although should you join and leave it at its western end you'll find the 'Peacehaven Stonehouse,Pizza and Carvery' eating house/pub (reviewed also on Trip Advisor) at the top of this access slope where drinks and meals and loos are available all day from breakfast to supper times. There's loads of free parking in the nearby side streets,and frequent buses serve the area.

Helpful Hint; Take your binoculars with you so that you can enjoy the views out to sea.

Thank Roger-from-Sussex
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful part of the world, peaceful and tranquil and so stunning you could. W anywhere in the world.
Weather you go for a stroll with your partner of a family trip of fun and games with the kids or even a one to one with your four legged pal this place is ideal.
Safe for everyone tide on or out.
To just take in the views or to explore.
A must on your list.

Thank Jeni H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living on the clifftop we have easy everyday access to the undercliff walk and friends and family always want to go down to the undercliff when they come and visit. Both grandchildren and family dogs love it and enjoy the rock pools when the tide permits access. Be warned though access is by a very steep slope, or by the Bastion steps and there is well over 100 steep steps. Going down either is easy, but is much harder coming up especially if you have any difficulty in walking.

Thank Thomas G
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

When the weather is nice and the tide is high ,then it's quiet a pretty site .however I would not swim in it knowing only few years back we were voted the worse beaches in Europe.apart from that when the tide is down it's all rocks not pretty beach .if you like walking it's nice to see Brighton from the beach and on a good day Worthing can be seen from some areas . Worth the walk and if you own a dog it's highly recommended.

Thank Al-shamkhani
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

I’ve always lived by the sea here in peacehaven, and I find the undercliff walk to be so tranquil and breathtaking- it has become one of my favourite places to bike ride, or dog walk, and have lovely beaches, although they are stoney, it doesn’t take the beauty away from it. Recommend highly :)

Thank skyesaggers
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