The English coastline offers many perfect locations for a seaside walk. We pick out the prettiest coastal walks near pubs.
From sandy beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs to views of the Jurassic Coast, the English coastline offers a multitude of scenic seaside walking routes. We pick 9 of the prettiest routes to take in the sights, before enjoying a hearty British classic and a pint in one the area’s most-loved pubs.
Worthing to Lancing
It takes around 45 mins to walk the picturesque 3.8km of coastal path from Worthing to Lancing. Located just inland of Lancing Beach Green, the Crabtree Inn is a popular family friendly pub and stop off for all ages. It’s home to a generously-sized beer garden and new children’s play facilities.
Worthing to Shoreham-by-Sea
Worthing to Shoreham-by-Sea is an 8.2km walk which should take you around 1 hour 45. There are some great independent shops to explore and a good choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes when you get there, but perhaps the most popular is the Longshore. A stone’s throw from the beach and perfect for sunny lunches, the Longshore serves everything from dry-aged steak and pizzas to familiar pub classics.
Worthing to Goring
Worthing to Goring is roughly an hour’s stroll. The promenade is wide in this direction and passes the Waterwise Playground – a great children’s play area on the beach. Heading off towards the end of the prom and alongside the Goring beach huts, this peaceful route avoids roads. It is worth noting that the last section adjacent to the beach huts is gravelly and may not be suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. An alternative accessible route can be used along Marine Crescent. Stopping off at The Bull’s Head in Goring will add 20 minutes to you walk, but it is well worth the visit. The pub has a fascinating 400-year history but today The Bull’s Head is a community pub with bags of character and is popular with families, dog walkers and beach-goers.
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Undercliff Walk, Brighton
East of the marina is one of Brighton's most unusual and inspiring walks. Undercliff Walk is a 4.5km pathway that runs along the bottom of the chalk cliffs, from the marina to the suburb of Saltdean. It’s unusual in that it’s a walk along the seawall; to do the Undercliff Walk is to walk along a battlement. Pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that the Undercliff Walk is part of the City’s coast defences, it protects the cliffs from erosion. Waves will occasionally come over the seawall during high tides and stormy weather, and falls of chalk and flint can occur from time to time. Where possible, walk from Saltdean to Brighton and you’ll be able to satiate hunger at the fantastic Busby & Wilds. Tucked away in a quiet backstreet, this neighbourhood pub serves great booze and spectacular food in a cosy, friendly atmosphere. Menu highlights include pork belly croquettes with anchovy aioli and Moroccan lamb shoulder.
Birling Gap walk, Brighton
This circular walk allows you discover part of the world-famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and enjoy great views over the downs and East Sussex coast. By following old drovers' and smuggling routes to the sea from this small Downland village you’ll get a sense of the landscape's long history. Take off from the Tiger Inn, a quintessentially English pub with open fire, low-slung beams, real ale and hearty pub classics such as whitebait, beer battered fish and chips, scampi and gammon.
Monarch’s Way, Hove
The Monarch's Way follows the lengthy 615 mile route taken by King Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 as he made his escape from Cromwell's Parliamentary forces via Shoreham to France. The route to Shoreham circumnavigates Hove from Southwick Hill via Benfield Hill, West Blatchington, Hove Park, the Royal Pavilion and then west along the seafront. In keeping with historic themes, the Fortune of War remains the oldest and most authentic pub on Brighton’s seafront, having opened its doors in 1882. The beachside terrace is ideal for relaxing with large beer in hand on a summer evening. Live concerts and DJs are constantly organized and booked at the Fortune of War, making it a local favourite.
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Brixham and Man Sands
Setting off from Sharkham Point car park, you’re guaranteed picturesque coastal scenery, cliffs and Higher Brixham’s charming old buildings with this trail. It’s worth noting that there are two tough climbs along the way, but the exertion is definitely worth it for the views. Look out for St Mary’s church. This 14th-15th century church is built of red sandstone with Beerstone arcades. Much of the masonry is under rendering to protect it from salt winds but it is certainly worth a look. For a sit down and a bite to eat, The Blue Anchor is favoured both by locals and visitors to the area. Located right on the harbour front, it’s the perfect spot for a quick half-pint to fuel a walk along the coastal path. The pub is pet-friendly so four-legged walking buddies are welcome too.
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Explore the grounds of this 19th century Gothic Revival house and enjoy a walk along the breathtaking Highcliffe coast and cliffs. The castle’s attractive wide lawns and formal gardens are worth exploring, and there are also pretty woodland trails along the cliff top that zig-zag down to the beach. From here, you’re not far from the South Downs National Park. The landscape covers over 1,500 kilometres of beautiful and breathtaking views, rich wildlife and glorious English countryside. You can expect fantastic views from the high points along the south coast towards Christchurch Bay and the Isle of Wight. Located just a mile from Highcliffe Castle, The Globe boasts a royal clientele. Throughout the 19th century, the pub welcomed the Crown Prince of Sweden, the Prince of Wales, King Edward VII and Wilhelm II Emperor of Germany. Today, The Globe is a popular spot for visitors to the Highcliffe coast and serves a menu that is reflective of the seasons, using quality ingredients from hand picked suppliers.
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Bournemouth Coast Path
This walk takes you along the beautiful Hampshire and Dorset coastline from Swanage to Lymington. On the way, you’ll pass by beautiful beaches at Sandbanks and Bournemouth, while enjoying lovely cliff top walking at Swanage, Studland and Barton-on-Sea. Other highlights include the nature reserves at Studland and Hengistbury Head which are home to a variety of coastal birds. Also of note is the stunning Christchurch Harbour and the final section along a sea wall through the Keyhaven Marshes. This fabulous nature reserve runs from Keyhaven to Lymington with a large variety of birdlife and spectacular views of the Isle of Wight. Along the way, stop by the Nelson Tavern. This family and dog-friendly gastro pub serves a tantalising variety of traditional, home-cooked fare such as moules mariniere, beer battered cod with triple-cooked chips, handmade pies and sticky toffee pudding.
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