The Undercliff Walk

The Undercliff Walk runs from behind Asda in Brighton Marina to the Brighton & Hove City boundary at Saltdean marked by the last rock groyne. A further short section beyond lies the neighbouring Lewes District Council area.

The path is just over 5 kms long. Both pedestrians and cyclists can use the Undercliff Walk.

Pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that the Undercliff Walk is part of the City’s coast defences, it protects the cliffs from erosion. Waves will occasionally come over the seawall during high tides and stormy weather, and falls of chalk and flint can occur from time to time.

Occasionally we need to close parts of the Undercliff Walk if the cliffs become unstable - AT PRESENT THE UNDERCLIFF WALK IS FULLY OPEN OVER ITS WHOLE LENGTH.

How to access the Undercliff Walk

There are ramps onto the path at the following locations:

  • the east end of Madeira Drive and from the Asda car park
  • down the cliff road opposite Roedean Café on Marine Drive
  • from Brighton Marina by the boatyard
  • the south end of Rottingdean High Street
  • the subway opposite Saltdean Lido
  • the cliff road opposite Longridge Avenue, Saltdean

There is also pedestrian access down the cliff stairs at Ovingdean Gap opposite Greenways.

Bus services and stops giving access to the Undercliff Walk

There are bus stops close to the access points listed above. Useful bus stops are:

  • Brighton Marina
  • by Marine Gate flats at Black Rock
  • by Roedean Café on Marine Drive
  • at the junction of Marine Drive and Greenways
  • ​Rottingdean
  • Saltdean at both Chichester Drive West and Longridge Avenue.

You can find bus timetables and information on the Brighton & Hove Buses website

Toilets, cafes and restaurants

There are public toilets in Brighton Marina and on the Undercliff at Ovingdean Gap, Rottingdean and Saltdean.

There are cafes and restaurants in Brighton Marina and cafes on the Undercliff Walk at Ovingdean Gap, Rottingdean and Saltdean.

More information

Find out more about the cliffs between Black Rock and Saltdean