Brighton, UK

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Brighton is a historic and popular seaside resort on the coast of England, located 47 miles south of London. There’s fantastic running in Brighton, with 10+ miles of seafront paths, and gorgeous trail running in the vast, open countryside near town.

We’ve mapped the coastal route into two sections: head east to Saltdean on the Undercliff Walk under white cliffs with Channel views, or west to Southwick along a coastal path with 2+ miles of lawns. We’ve also put together a 4-mile tour of the Brighton Marina, and a ‘runseeing’ tour of Brighton’s key sights, parks, and gardens. We highly recommend a run in the gorgeous countryside just inland. South Downs National Park features hundreds of miles of rolling hill trails through a mix of open countryside and woodland. Two favorites sections close to Brighton are Devil’s Dyke and Stanmer Park, with trail running options for all ability levels. Our thanks to Kassie Helm for her wonderful route suggestions!

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Brighton Marina Tour

Brighton, UK

The Brighton Marina makes for a scenic standalone run or a longer route in conjunction with the area's 10+ miles of seafront paths. It's possible to do about 4 miles along the marina's paths and out to two piers.

Brighton’s weather is sunnier and milder than other parts of the UK. Note for runners — it’s often breezy along the coastal path! Summers are pleasant and breezy, with average high temperatures of 21C (70F) and cool nights dipping to 14C (56F) — layer needed! Winters are cool and damp, with highs in the 8C (46F) and lows dipping to 3C (38F). The 850mm (25 inches) of annual rainfall are evenly spread throughout the year.

Brighton is host to an unusually high number of good running stores fir a city its size. See the list in our city overview map.