Race Hill to Rottingdean

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Submitted by nicksayers on 15 September 2008
OS Explorer Map: 122 - Brighton & Hove
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A linear, stroll-(1-2-hours) countryside walk in national park South Downs (England) starting at Race Hill, East Sussex, about 11km (roughly 7 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A walk from the top of Elm Grove to Rottingdean, across the Downs
Start: Race Hill, OS Grid: TQ324052
End: Rottingdean, OS Grid: TQ365036
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 164m (538ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 426m (1397ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 261m (859ft)
Max. Elevation: 190m (623ft)

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OS Grid: TQ330052
Start of the walk
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TQ336057
Cross main road to footpath
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TQ342056
Leave main road to follow footpath
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TQ356063
Cross main road to mimi car park
OS Grid: TQ356063
Bear right along footpath
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TQ362063
...to follow smaller one
OS Grid: TQ363063
Follow path along the side of the hill
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 7 OS Grid: TQ372058
Path cures around an Ancient Field System (as marked on OS map)
OS Grid: TQ374055
...past some hawthorn bushes and sycamore trees...
OS Grid: TQ378058
Continue straight on, and around the bend at the cross roads
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 10 OS Grid: TQ377050
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 11 OS Grid: TQ375044
Road passes a water reservoir (?) on the hill
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 12 OS Grid: TQ370030
You're almost there...
OS Grid: TQ368028
OS Grid: TQ368026
Take a slight detour to visit the lovely gardens
OS Grid: TQ368026
Go through the gate in the wall to enter Kipling's Garden by the back entrance
OS Grid: TQ368026
OS Grid: TQ369024
The pub here is pretty good...
OS Grid: TQ369022
A visit to Rottingdean wouldn't be complete without a visit to the tearooms for a Sussex cream tea. Lashings of clotted cream and lemon curd.
OS Grid: TQ370021
"Down, down to the snot-green sea!"
OS Grid: TQ369021
Get the bus back to Brighton from here
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Timwoods  commented on 24 September 2008
Take the undercliff path back
From Rottingdean, you can take the undercliff path back to Brighton Marina if you want a longer walk. There are regular buses from here back to Brighton.
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