Living in Saltdean
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What Is Life Like In Saltdean?
Nestled among the chalk cliffs of East Sussex, a mere five miles from the centre of Brighton, lies the village of Saltdean. Bordered by both farmland and the South Downs National Park, Saltdean is a seaside resort with a rural atmosphere and excellent travel links to nearby cities.
Saltdean was built on farmland to help ease the growing pressure on Brighton’s housing. In recent years, it has become a breakaway resort for residents and holidaymakers to enjoy a relaxed pace of life whilst retaining the convenience of a city suburb. Popular areas include the conveniently located Arundel Drive East and West, and Chichester Drive East and West. Saltdean Drive, Lenham Road and Westmeston Avenue are also appealing due to their sea and park views.
With cafes, restaurants, pubs and other amenities, Saltdean is a great location for first-time buyers, city commuters, or those looking to settle down.
History Of Saltdean
Although Saltdean’s history as a settlement is only within the last century, ancient mounds, Roman burials and Iron Age urns have been found in the area. Saltdean was also recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as largely consisting of crop fields and a small hamlet.
It wasn’t until shortly before World War I when entrepreneur Charles William Neville saw a vision in the empty space where Saltdean now stands. Seeing that Brighton was in major need of housing relief, Neville started buying land and by 1923 had already begun planning the many avenues and roads of Saltdean.
Days Out In Saltdean
Due to its location within East Sussex, Saltdean is blessed with great options for days out with family and friends. Take advantage of the cycling infrastructure as you explore the Brighton promenade and its maze of shopping districts. There are segregated paths for cyclists along the coast between Saltdean to Brighton.
In the five miles between Brighton and Saltdean, the famous pebbled beaches of Brighton give way to looming white cliffs. For a day out in nature, walk among the shingles beneath the cliffs of Saltdean to discover a menagerie of creatures gathered in the rock pools. You can also visit the neighbouring South Downs National Park to experience the glorious Sussex countryside which has famously inspired writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Things To Do In Saltdean
As a village with close links to a major arts capital, Saltdean has much to offer.
Visit the White Cliffs Café along the seafront for a quiet lunchtime treat or afternoon meal. Gullen’s Bar is an independently-run pub located in the heart of the village serving up great drinks and a friendly atmosphere. The Saltdean Tavern and Spanish Lady are local chain pubs worth a visit. For later nights on the town, Brighton’s large student population means that the bar and club districts are very active. Buses and taxis to the city centre are easily available if you don’t fancy the four mile walk.
Local grocery shopping can be done at the suburb’s Co-op food store. For larger weekly shopping trips, it may be best to visit Asda at the Brighton Marina.
Local football team Saltdean United F.C. play in the second division of the Sussex County League. To work up a sweat, you can get your fitness fix from Peacehaven Leisure Centre and Deans Leisure Centre, both of which are equidistant from Saltdean and well within walking distance.
Schools In Saltdean
Saltdean and its surrounding area offers several exceptional schools and educational facilities.
Pre-schools and nurseries include:
- Saltdean Pre-School
- St Martins Pre School
- St Nicholas pre School
- Rottingdean Montessori Nursery School
- Happy Days Nursery
Primary schools include:
- Saltdean Primary School
- St Aubyn’s School
- Telscombe Cliffs Community Primary School
Secondary schools include:
- Longhill High School
Higher education facilities include:
- Brighton College
- Bellerby’s College in Brighton
- The University of Brighton
- The University of Sussex
Transport In Saltdean
Saltdean is connected to nearby towns and major cities via a network of efficient transport links.
Saltdean is not directly on the local rail network, so the nearest stations are: Newhaven Town Station, Brighton Station, Brighton London Road Station and Moulsecoomb Station. Trains from Brighton Train Station can take just under one hour to arrive in London, with other rail links across the south coast and further afield.
Buses and coaches
Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company support Saltdean and many of the surrounding suburbs with regular services.
London Gatwick is approximately 30 miles from Saltdean and can be reached by road or rail. Simply follow the A23 northwards towards the M23, or use the direct rail line that runs between Brighton and London via Gatwick Terminals. Alternatively, coaches operated by National Express shuttle travellers between nearby Brighton and Gatwick Airport within the hour.
Saltdean is located a short distance from the A26 and A27, between Brighton and Eastbourne. The A23 allows travellers to easily access London whilst the A27 crosses the south coast towards Portsmouth and Southampton.