Surface upgrade on Falmer Road Multi-user Path between Woodingdean and Falmer

Update below from ESCC:

In 2013, a partnership scheme between Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), East Sussex County Council (ESCC), the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), with funding support from the Department for Transport, installed an unbound path along a permissive bridleway adjacent to Falmer Road between Woodingdean and Falmer. On the doorstep of the National Park, the 2.5km path has been a popular route for walkers, cyclists and commuters since it was installed as well as providing a key traffic-free link from Woodingdean to the University of Sussex campus and the American Express Community Stadium. Unfortunately, over time the path has eroded, become uneven and overgrown, making it unusable for some people.

In March 2021, a further partnership scheme between the three authorities will spend around £300,000 to enhance the existing route by installing a sealed, smooth surface and make it accessible for everyone using it. Funding is being provided by BHCC, SDNPA and ESCC (via the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund – tranche 2)

Key information about the improvement works are listed below:

  • Overgrown vegetation will be removed and the original footprint of the path will be reinstated providing a sealed surface with a minimum width of 2.5m along the entire 2.5km route.  An additional width of unsealed path adjacent to the sealed surface would be available for equestrian use.
  • The works are due to start on 15th March 2021 and are planned to take up to 14 weeks to complete, weather permitting.
  • The path will have to be temporarily closed while the work is carried out for the safety of the public and the team working on site.
  • Once the works are complete, the route will be recorded on the Definitive Map (the legal record of all recorded public paths) as a public right of way and will therefore be protected and maintained for future generations by the respective local highway authorities. This will be achieved by dedicating the route as a public bridleway via agreement with the landowner.     
  • As part of the works we will also review and improve signage and will review the existing barriers at the northern end of the path to ensure they meet current accessibility and equestrian design guidance.


  • Signs will be installed at the access points to the path to remind users that the path is closed.
  • Information regarding the temporary closure will be circulated in the local press and on social media in advance of the works but we would welcome your support to share this information via your networks.

If you require any further information regarding this partnership improvement scheme, then please do not hesitate to contact us at


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Linda finch
Linda finch
9th March 2021 12:10 pm

This is brilliant news. It will be great to be able to cycle to the farm shop again from Woodingdean and also get down to Stanmer Park by bike.