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Sussex Downs Devil's Dyke
Devil's Dyke, photographed by good friend Mr Toby Walker

Country Walks that end in Pub Gardens.. and are just a bus away from Brighton!

Finally summer is here, and it’s set to be a scorcher of an August with the heatwave rolling in! That means one thing, and one thing only: Londoners!! Clogging up the beach and the pubs all through Brighton and leaving nothing for the locals… unless you know where to go! 

Here are some genuine recommendations for you, that I gathered from friends and family, for walks around the Sussex countryside that always end in a good old fashioned pint in the pub!

I’ve got you one for each weekend in August AND they are all just a bus ride away… you’re welcome! Pay me back by keeping this secret to yourself! See you at the pub 😉

Cheers!

Birling Gap + The Tiger Inn

Hop on the 12X Coaster from Brighton Station and hop off at East Dean for a beautiful circular walk around Birling Gap. Cross a couple rolling fields to come out at the coast – where you can blow away the cobwebs with a walk along the quintessential white cliffs of Sussex, with views of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters river. What’s not to love? Then circle back to East Dean and grab some drinks in the heart of the village, where the Tiger Inn has set out loads of picnic tables on the village green. And as an added treat – you will be right next to the classic country retirement house of Sherlock Holmes!

The Tiger Inn and puppy
Me and the Grandparents at the Tiger Inn pub garden (and Very Important Puppy, Fergie)

Ditchling Beacon +The Shepherd and Dog 

Grab the 77Breeze from Churchill Square up to Devils Dyke and enjoy classic scenes of rolling Sussex Countryside. From there is a short walk to the village of Fulking, where you can stop in at The Shepherd and Dog. Not only is it a great name for pub cricket, it has a fantastic craft beer selection and a beautiful pub garden nestled right in the heart of the downs! My roommate went recently and has said “It is so good”. From him that is basically a love letter.

The Shepherd and Dog Fulking
The beer garden at The Shepherd and Dog, courtesy of my roommate, who sent this to me on a day I was stuck inside working!

Ardingly + The Gardener’s Arms 

A bit of a long bus journey but well worth it! Catch the 272 outside St Peter’s Church to Crawley and jump off at Ardingly – there you can go on a circular walk through the country, taking in forests, a reservoir and Wakefield Place before heading into the Gardener’s Arms for a pint in their beautiful garden complete with shady leaf canopy and courtyard. A little bit further on is the Ouse Valley Viaduct which really is an impressive sight, and a secret garden filled with sculptures at Borde Hill. Fantastic day out this one!

Ouse Valley Viaduct Ardingly
Ouse Valley Viaduct, Ardingly. Photograph by my lovely mum!

Stanmer Park + The Swan Inn

Starting and ending at Falmer Station this circular walk takes you under the motorway and into Stanmer Park, where you can loop up and around the beautiful downs – almost as far as Plumpton if you are up for a 14km hike! If not simply do a little loop over the downs and back down past the other side of the university and end with a little walk around Falmer village – where you should come across The Swan Inn, a historic pub with lovely staff and great pub food – and a hearty roast on Sunday’s!

Most Recent Trip Advisor Review:

“The staff went out of their way to accommodate us and our elderly mother who was in a wheelchair. They collected us from the car park, seated us and looked after us the whole time. The food was excellent.” – 5*, June 2021

My Mum and her mates off to the pub!

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