The City of Brighton and Hove is nestled between the beautiful Sussex Downs and the English Channel offering cachers the opportunity to cache on the hills in the morning and the seafront in the afternoon. There are good train links from London for the day-tripper and lots of good hotels and B&Bs for those wishing to stay longer. I have kept this guide mainly to the City and areas that can be reached by a short bus or train journey.
Notable Caches and Cache Setters
There’s quite a lot around here, so we’ve broken it down for you:
Brighton and Hove – The Countryside
The best-known & most praised series of caches in the Brighton and Hove district is the Devils Dyke Circular GC1VA4H.
A short bus ride from Brighton town centre takes you up onto the Sussex Downs where you start and finish this innovative 17 cache series. With views as far as the eye can see and cache containers that will make you laugh and howl in equal measure this series is a must do for any cacher visiting the Sussex coast. This recommendation is further strengthened when one looks at the number of favourite points awarded to caches in this series.
For those who enjoy walking on the Sussex Downs another excellent nearby series is the Edburton & Fulking Circular GC2G2CX, which is a circular hike of about 6 miles in the South Downs National Park. This series is easily within easy walking distance from Devils Dyke again. Other caches in that area that are worth a visit are ‘There and Back Again – Truleigh Hill’ GC15HNZ & ‘There and Back Again – Devil’s Dyke’ GC15HP7
Other good countryside based series, reachable by public transport include:
Falmer Focus GC25WA4 A 10 mile circuit of the South Downs above Falmer, taking in a variety of downland, farmland and woodland. There are lots of hills, and some great views. There are thirty-one caches in total, including one Ponds, Dewponds and Lakes cache, and one puzzle cache.
Stars of the Lid GC2B0ZX A circular walk over open downland on the outskirts of Brighton of just under 4 miles, which should take a couple of hours. There are 6 micro caches containing clues for the larger bonus cache. You also pass a fantastic multi cache ‘The Chattri’ GCMA6X a memorial to the Indian soldiers who gave their lives for this country during World War 1
Bakers Dozen GC2HFRT A circular walk around a small area of the South Downs east of Brighton. There are 12 traditional caches and a bonus one if you complete the walk and collect the co-ordinates to the bonus cache along the way. It is about 6 miles long and also passes a number of other caches.
Brighton and Hove – The City
As with all major city’s Brighton has a number of micro caches at various sites of interest. The best of these in my view are:
- Brighton Rocks – Brighton Pier GCWXPW,
- Brighton Showers GC1WXM8,
- B&HM – The West Pier GC1T43X
- B&H Monopoly – Royal Pavilion GC258KJ.
All of these caches take you to very interesting Brighton locations. For those that enjoy a walk along the prom there are a number of caches dotted along the front from Brighton into Hove. It is therefore feasible to start in Brighton Marina and cache along the front one way and then catch a bus back.
Brighton and Hove – Further afield
We are lucky that Sussex is covered with circular walks of varying lengths. The most prolific setter of these walks in Sussex is Flatcoat Walker. The series that she places are not challenging in terms of hides but are designed to take you on a lovely walk showing off the best of Sussex.
Another excellent place to cache is the historic town of Lewes – a 15 minute train ride from Brighton Station. This is a beautiful town full of antique shops, fantastic pubs and good caches.
For those wanting to travel further, a 1 hour bus ride from Brighton will take you to Cuckmere Haven where the famous coastguard cottages and Seven Sisters reside.
Suggested Days Caching
Brighton will hopefully appeal to the majority of Cachers. For a mixed day of caching I would recommend catching the Bus to Devils Dyke and spend the morning caching the Devils Dyke Circular before returning to Brighton to pick up some urban micros and some fish and chips. For those spending longer I would really recommend picking up some of the countryside series around Brighton.
If anyone would like some advice on where to stay or other caches please feel free to drop me a line through my profile.