Walking a great way to keep fit, de-stress and engage in an inexpensive activity. But have you considered doing a walk that allows you explore the history, art and culture of Brighton?
Bayside Council has designed a number of walks across the municipality, with some trails accessible in Brighton, that allow walkers to experience the streets, parks and attractions in the area.
The walking trails have been created to encourage people to get outdoors, get active and boost their physical wellbeing.
Here are three types of walks on offer in Brighton:
Neighbourhood walks in Brighton
Landcox Walk, Brighton East
Explore some of Brighton East’s most popular parkland and streetscapes on this 4km walk. Begin your journey at picturesque Landcox Park, which is renowned for its ornamental lake surrounded by serene sweeping gardens and exotic native plants. The park is surrounded by several historic homes that date back to the 1870s. Continue on to the Elster Canal before reaching Hawthorn Rd – the only place in Bayside where you can take a tram ride. The trail takes walkers through more parkland and past beautifully-built homes before winding up back at Landcox Park. View a map of Landcox Walk here.
A Taste of Brighton Walk, central Brighton
Get a sense of what Brighton is all about on this 2.3km walk which offers a combination of history and architecture, and the chance to explore the bustling Church St shopping precinct. The trail, which starts and ends at Brighton Town Hall, gives walkers the chance to wander through the leafy streets of Brighton, a variety of shops and eateries, churches and historic homes. View a map of A Taste of Brighton walk here.
Architectural Trail – Ostend Trail, Brighton
Lovers of architecture should be sure to take this trail through Brighton to observe the area’s fine examples of architectural styles.
Starting at St Andrew’s School House in Church St, the 3.9km track meanders through some of Brighton’s most notable residential streets and features some of the best buildings that line the foreshore area.
Walkers get to see 16 different buildings along the Ostend Trail, all of which vary in style – from Early English Gothic Revival to late Victorian mansions and Italianate villas.
The trail also takes walkers to the St Andrew’s Churchyard Cemetery where they can view the first burial at the site – an infant by the name of Henry Head in 1844 – including the historic headstone.
View the Ostend Trail map here.
Bayside Coastal Trail, Brighton
Bayside Council has developed four connected trails along the Beach Rd coastline, stretching a total of 17km from Brighton to Beaumaris.
The trail doubles as a walking track and education experience, with stopping points that offer a display of art, indigenous, environment or historic attractions.
Part of the coastal trail covers approximately 2km of the Brighton foreshore, with viewing points at Middle Brighton Pier, Dendy St Beach and Green Point.
Here are some attractions to view at each of the three points located in Brighton:
1. Middle Brighton Pier
Playthings of the Wind
Middle Brighton Baths
Bluestone Sea Wall
2. Dendy St Beach
Boon wurrung Women
3. Green Point
Brighton Beach, Wilson
Brighton Beach, Mather
Brighton Beach, Burn
Boon wurrung People
Coastal Tea Tree
Green Point Gardens
Brighton Beach Baths
Learn more about Bayside’s Coastal Trails here.