GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Telscombe Cliffs Walk

2 miles (3 km)

This walk takes you along the Telscombe Cliffs Esplanade in theLewes DistrictofEast Sussex.
In the village there's a nice cliff top path with some splendid views over the coast. There is also access from the clifftop down steps to the quiet shingle beach.
You can start the walk from the car park of the Smugglers Rest pub. From here you can follow the cliff top path east towards Peacehaven before finishing at the Meridian Monument. This monument marks where Peacehaven lies on the meridian. It's a great spot with more excellent sea views.
You can continue your walking along the popular Undercliff Walk which runs just below the cliffs.
Please scroll down for the full list of walks near and around Telscombe Cliffs. The detailed maps below also show a range of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths in the area.


BN10 7BE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Telscombe Cliffs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Telscombe Cliffs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Telscombe Cliffs

  • Rottingdean - This attractive coastal village is located in the city of Brighton in East Sussex
  • Brighton - Brighton has some lovely coastal walks and splendid hill climbs on the nearby South Downs.
    One of the most popular is the Undercliff Walk which takes you from Brighton Marina to Saltdeanalong the sea wall
  • Undercliff Walk Brighton - Follow the Undercliff Walk from Brighton Marina to Saltdean on this exhilarating coastal walk or cycle
  • Brighton to Newhaven - Follow the Brighton to Newhaven clifftop path on this splendid coastal walk on the south coast
  • Brighton to Eastbourne - This coastal walk takes you between these two major Sussex settlements
  • Iford - A circular walk from the Sussex village of Iford, visiting the River Great Ouse and the neighbouring villages of Southease and Rodmell.
    The village sits just a couple of miles south of Lewes on slopes of theSouth Downsin the valley of theRiver Ouse
  • Castle Hill Nature Reserve - This circular walk visits the Castle Hill National Nature Reserveon the eastern outskirts ofBrightonin the South Downs National Park


The Smuggler's Rest was formerly known as the Badgers Watch and before that, the Lifeboat Inn, as it funded the first local lifeboat. They have some lovely gardens with fine views over the coast. The pub isdog friendly and can be found at postcode BN10 7BE.


The Esplanade, Telscombe Cliffs - - 3185974

The Esplanade, Telscombe Cliffs

West Cliff Laine - - 3185970

West Cliff Laine

Telscombe Cliffs - - 66277

Looking east from the footpath along the clifftop. The area was developed from the first decade of the twentieth century onwards on land leased by Ambrose Gorham, then the major landowner in Telscombe. The cream buildings in the centre of the picture are now the Badger's Watch pub. Prior to that they were early 19th century coastguard cottages and the only buildings to be found along this stretch of the cliffs before 1900.

Smugglers Rest - - 4118183

Smugglers Rest

The Promenade - - 1210932

The point where Telscombe Cliffs becomes Peacehaven also means a change in cliff top road layout. There is some distance between houses and cliff edge in the former whilst the houses in the latter have an unmade road and fence before the cliff edge is reached. However, the section below the cliff is now protected by the sea defences constructed in stages between 1976-96. The Promenade itself is indicative of Peacehaven's development starting here and finishing above Friar's Bay on the eastern boundary of the town but split into sections by parks and a lack of roadway.

The Esplanade, Telscombe Cliffs - - 3185982

The Esplanade, Telscombe Cliffs

The Dell, Peacehaven - - 3154813

The Dell, Peacehaven

Meridian Monument - - 1211201

Meridian Monument. Built as a celebration of George V's silver jubilee and to mark the fact that Peacehaven lies on the meridian. Erected in 1936 the monument has had to be moved twice due to cliff erosion.


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