Brighton & Hove Mayor's Charity Walk

A brief description of the route.

The Route

The route is largely across open countryside, using footpaths and bridleways and at times heading out across open access land (land where the public have the right to roam). There are bound to be muddy stretches (apart from the stage from Bexhill Road to Falmer) so walking boots are advisable. Many of the fields will also be being grazed by cows or sheep.


Stage 1

Saltdean Oval


Saltdean to Bexhill Road (via Castle Hill)


280m of ascent

At 9am sharp we will set off from Saltdean Oval towards Balsdean.  The route soon heads out onto the open downs along farm tracks and across open fields over High Hill. The route then drops down into Balsdean valley and passes by the site of Balsdean Village (demolished during WWII) before leaving the main bridleway to cross into Castle Hill National Nature Reserve (this area is public open space so you are free to wander where you want). The route follows the contour around the lower slopes of Castle Hill until it crosses the bridleway. At this point there will be a short talk from Sussex Wildlife Trust about the importance of Castle Hill and the wider National Park.

The route then climbs out of the valley on a narrow well-worn track to head around the head of a small coomb before picking up another bridleway and following a wide farm track to the car park on Falmer Road.

After some road walking in Saltdean most of this section of the walk is across open fields either ploughed or pasture (possibly with cattle of sheep) and includes a couple of steep climbs and a narrow path across a hillside.

Stage 2

Bexhill Road


Bexhill Road to Falmer 


16m of ascent

The route from Bexhill Road to Falmer is along a well surfaced shared use path that drops gently down into Falmer.  

There is disabled access along this stretch.

Stage 3



Falmer to Stanmer Park


101m of ascent

From Falmer pond the route crosses the bridge over A27 and follows the road for a short stretch before following a track through the woods. There is a short steep decent before crossing a field and then climbing to the top of the ridge opposite Stanmer House. From here the route drops down across the cow field into the park.

This section of the route is through woodland and across grassy fields and includes a steep decent and a short climb.





Stage 4

Stanmer Park


Stanmer Park to Upper Lodges


216m of ascent

From Stanmer the route follows a wide track up through the woods to Upper Lodges.

This section of the route can be muddy when wet and includes a short climb.

Stage 5

Upper Lodges


Upper Lodges to Waterhall


132m of ascent

From Upper Lodges the route passes through the recently declared open access at Patcham to the Chattri Memorial where there will be a talk from Davinder Dhillon a local historian who organises the annual remembrance ceremonies. From the Chattri the route continues through the open access down to Braepool where it crosses the A23 via a footbridge. The route then follows the tarmacked track and across playing fields before another small climb to the golf club house at Waterhall.

Much of this section is across grassy fields grazed by cows although it can be muddy in places. There is one fairly steep climb.

Stage 6



Waterhall to Portslade (Emmaus)


130m of ascent

From Waterhall Golf Course Club House the route heads south down the ridge through 19 Acres (an area of Open Access where you may see the newly introduced New Forest ponies grazing). The route then doubles back on a track alongside Dyke Road for a short section before picking up the Monarchs Way heading towards Portslade. This is a broad track that crosses a couple of ridges before entering the outskirts of Portslade.

Most of this section is on broad tracks or across grassy fields.




Enjoy a celebratory drink with your fellow walkers and supporters as you reach the goal of Emmaus having completed your challenge



Useful Bus Routes to/from Central Brighton

12, 14    Saltdean

22           Bexhill Road

77           Dyke Road (weekends only)

78           Stanmer House (weekends only)

79           Upper Lodges (weekends only)

5A           Old London Road (near Waterhall)

1/1A      Portslade (Emmaus)