Rottingdean to Woodingdean via Castle Hill

6 09 2015

rottingdean10kWith a week to go before the Firle half marathon, an all off-road run on the Downs, I picked a route heading North from Rottingdean towards the South Downs Way. Rottingdean is on the route of the 27 bus which also happens to run past the end of my road. So £2.40 later I got off the bus and started the run at the beginning of The Twittern – a narrow path that quickly leads onto unmade tracks: Whiteway Lane then Westmeston Avenue. Turn right onto Blazehill Road for a short section and then it’s all paths and bridleways from there on.  I’d already studied the map  and had a rough idea to meet the South Downs Way and from there make my way round Newmarket Hill, onto Castle Hill and then finish at Woodingdean.

Without a doubt, this is one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve ever done in Brighton. The scenery is breathtaking and straight out of an Eric Ravilious water colour, like this one called Chalk paths.

Just after Castle Hill is a TV transmitter and from there you can look across the whole of Brighton. The Isle of Wight was clearly visible. The light was fading by the time I’d reached Woodingdean so I headed back into Brighton down Bear Road. Next time I’ll start earlier and see if I can make it a circular run by continuing onto Ovingdean and along the cliff top to Rottingdean. 27 bus back home. Perfect.

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