We are often asked about walks in Brighton. Not just where is nice to visit, but formal walks with a bit of history or local interest.
The most popular walk in Brighton is the is the Ghost Walk of the Lanes. This takes you around the oldest part of Brighton, the Lanes, which is the original town centre from when Brighton was a fishing village in the 1800s.
Hosted by Rob Marks in his guise as Silas the Ghost Hunter, you will be toured around the Lanes for over an hour, taking in seven haunted spots and hearing eight ghostly tales. Being Brighton, some of the spots are pubs so you may have the chance for a quick drink during the tour.
Rob is very entertaining and really brings the ghost stories to life, if you'll pardon the pun. He dresses the part of Silas, in Victorian frock coat, top hat, and a Gladstone bag, helping you get in the mood for the stories. He runs tours five nights a week, please check his Ghost Walks website for more details and prices.
The Original Brighton Cemetery Tour is a wide ranging tour, taking in the graves of many influential Brighton residents, some of which have been sadly neglected or lost altogether over the years. Sites covered include Amon Henry Wilds' Gothic Mortuary Chapel, the catacombs, and John Denman's Art Deco Oratory.
The graves visited include the eminent Victorian illustrator Hablot Knight Browne(1815-1882), better known as Phiz, the illustrator of Charles Dickens' books. Also visited are engineer John Urpeth Rastrick (1780-1856) who built one of the world's first steam locomotives, and William Moon (1818-1894), inventor of the embossed type system Moon Type, which allows blind people to read and is still used as an alternative to the harder to learn Braille today.
This tour will teach you much about Brighton's history and famous figures. This year it will run on Sundays within the Brighton Fringe Festival through May.
Under the banner of the Walking for Health scheme, Brighton & Hove Health Walks are volunteer lead, short walks with a social feel. There are various walks across wider Brighton, with different walks being lead on different days of the week.
Nature walks include those of Wild Park, Brighton's biggest nature reserve, or Castle Hill/Woodingdean, another beautiful nature reserve whose walk takes in lots of wildlife, or the Stanmer Park walk. Other, easier walks are available which include a walk around Preston Park, or along the seafront.
These walks allow you to see some parts of Brighton that you may otherwise miss, with a friendly host along who often know some of the local history or landmarks to point out. Please check the Brighton & Hove Health Walks website to see the many walks on offer, and find a day that suits your trip.
Brighton is a compact city and it's possible to visit much of it by
walking, so when you visit we encourage you to ditch the car and get out
there on foot. You'll discover a lot more of the local feel than you
will from behind a windscreen.
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