The Undercliff Walk starts at Brighton Marina and continues past Ovingdean and Rottingdean and ends at Saltdean. The walk can be accessed down steep cliff stairs at Ovingdean Gap. The Undercliff Walk forms part of Brighton’s coastal defences on top of the sea wall, protecting the cliffs from erosion. Many people regard it as one of the best walks in Brighton. At high tides and in stormy weather, waves crash over the sea wall. To protect walkers from cliff falls, steel protection nets have been erected on the cliffs to prevent rock falls from hitting the promenade.
The walk is well served by cafes. At Ovingdean Gap, the Ovingdean Cafe, which is popular with local residents and walkers, is open daily throughout the summer and at weekends in the winter. Molly’s Coffee Shop at Rottingdean is also very popular and is family owned. The White Cliffs Cafe is accessible off Marine Drive at Saltdean and provides an extensive menu.
At Rottingdean, below the cliffs, is Connor’s Court. This is a multi-use games court, providing facilities for basketball, football and cricket. The Court is dedicated to the memory of Connor Saunders, a local nineteen year old footballer, who was tragically killed in 2012. By organ donation, he saved five lives after his death. Charitable donations provided the funds to build Connor’s Court, which was opened in 2014. The court and railings are blue, in tribute to Connor, who was a Chelsea football supporter.