Whether you’ve lived in Brighton and Hove your whole life or whether you’ve just moved in, there are 4 hidden gems you need to visit. Given the current situation with Covid-19, some of them might me off limits. However, you can bookmark this page and go exploring as soon as lockdown is over.
1. The Undercliff Walk
The Undercliff Walk is a lesser known 5km public footpath, connecting Brighton with Saltdean. In order to find it, you have to go to the Brighton Marina area. There, look for the small entrance of the footpath on the left of the big Asda. There is no sign or anything, but you will see the big wire entry door.
You can either walk it or cycle all the way to Rottingdean. It’s a lovely walk and if you have a dog, it makes for a good exercise slash adventure. There are many “individual” beaches along the way, which are mostly not crowded, so you can even grab some food and have a picnic or BBQ by the sea. Alternatively, you can take a good book and a cup of coffee or tea and chill in one of them. During the summer months, you can grab your towel and sunscreen and go for a swim and/or sunbathing.
Walking/cycling can make you quite hungry and thirsty, so be aware that there are three Cafés along the way; one very close to the start of the pathway, and two in Ovingdean and Rottingdean beach respectively.
Lastly, beware of the tide; depending on the time of day, you can see the exposed rocky bottom of the sea and walk through it. Just make sure you start going towards the footpath in time to avoid getting trapped between the wall and the sea.
2. The Public Footpath
I recently found this gem and I have been living in Brighton the last 5 years. It is a footpath through the nature and you could say it leads to a small forest in Brighton. The view is beautiful when you reach the top of the hill. It’s a lovely place to walk your dog unleashed and have a picnic with a panoramic view of Brighton & Hove. There are many entrances but the one I like most is the one through Kemptown. It is next to the Hamilton Lodge School & College for Deaf Children. There is a sign that points towards the path, so you will know where it is.
3. The Kemptown Secret Garden
There is a hidden garden in the west side of Kemptown, which is only open to the public at specific times of the year. It is located at 50 Bristol Gardens in the border of Kemptown and Whitehawk. Funnily enough, I used to live on that street, but did not know the garden was there until after I moved out! It is quite secret indeed. As the name suggests, it is a garden full of flowers, plants and sculptures. Entry is free and there is a café for you to enjoy a hot drink and cake. You can take your pooch with you, as long as they’re well behaved and kept on a lead.
At the moment, the garden is closed due to Covid-19, but do visit their website for regular updates and to find out when it will re-open. Unfortunately, I have not managed to visit it yet, as I was always working on the dates it was open to the public. It’s on my bucket list, though, of places I want to visit when the lockdown rules are lifted.
4. The Western Lawns and Lagoon Watersports
This one is probably a more well known one, as it hosts the water sports. I found it when I was taking a walk at the seafront where the Hove Beach Huts are. If you continue walking past them you will find yourself at the Western Lawns and a bit further down, you’ll see people suping or wakeboarding. At the moment, like the Secret Garden, the watersports are closed; however, you can still take a walk at the Lawns or play some mini golf.
Did you know of these Brighton and Hove hidden gems or did you just found out? Have you found any of your own that you’d like to share? Drop me a comment below to let me know! Do also tag me on my Insta so I can see all your Brighton & Hove hidden gems travels!
*Post images by “the marizé” and as tagged. Featured image by Rue Hazell.