East park Brighton is the perfect spot to escape the buzzing city centre. It sits just behind the marina and is literally a stones throwaway from Lidl supermarket. The park covers an impressive 60 acres. As well as wide open spaces, East park has a children’s playground, 2 tennis courts, 2 cricket fields , 2 football pitches and a pavilion cafe.
The shared road through East park provides access to the south downs national park, the Brighton caravan club, Brighton college sports facility as well as Whitehawk FC which is a semi-professional football club in the Sussex county league division one. The park is also used by South East coast ambulance service to land air ambulance emergencies for deliveries to the Royal Sussex hospital.
In the summer, take a picnic and do a spot of sunbathing. East Brighton park is the perfect getaway if you can’t afford to get away.
Continue walking through East Brighton Park and you will come to some steps and pathways that lead up to Sheepcote valley. Sheepcote Valley is a popular public open space covering 220 acres mostly in the South downs national park where it extends in to the city, including chalk downland, scrub and woodland. Grazing has been re-introduced to the slopes and you will see plenty of sheep going about their daily business.
Camping is not permitted but you can use Sheepcote valley caravan park
Sheepcote Valley is rich in plant life and attracts year round resident birds as well as seasonal visitors. Keep a look out for birds of prey such as kestrels and sparrowhawks. In all seasons you will see green woodpeckers, meadow pipits, stonechats, blackbirds and all variety of common garden birds
Interested in the history of Sheepcote valley? You can find out more right here