Brighton Way

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Start: Horley, Surrey
Distance: 54 miles (87 km)
Grid Ref: TQ286426
Climbing: 1,404 metres
Walk time: 21-27 hours
Days: 3-4

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Brighton Way long distance footpath was devised by Norman Willis who was inspired to create the walk while looking out of a train window during his railway journeys commuting to and from Brighton. The Brighton Way is a route through farmland, villages and over the South Downs linking with the South Downs Way National Trail at Buckland Bank and the Sussex Border Path near Burgess Hill. From the nominal start of the walk at Horley the Brighton Way visits Fernhill, Burstow, Copthorne, Layhouse Wood, Worth, Worthlodge Forest, Worth Abbey, Paddockhurst Park, Balcombe, Pilstye Wood, Upper Ryelands Bridge, River's Wood, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill, Ditchling Common Country Park, Ditchling, Keymer, Hassocks, Jack and Jill the Clayton Windmills, Ditchling Beacon Nature Reserve, Stanmer Down, Falmer, Buckland Bank, Balmer Down, Long Hill, Newmarket Hill, Whitehawk/ Race Hill Nature Reserve, Red Hill, Kemp Town and Brighton Promenade before finishing at Brighton Station. The walk passes and/ or deliberately diverts to a number of railway stations which Norman purposefully added to make the walk a simple exercise in breaking down to daily stages by using public transport.

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Long Distance Walkers Association

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