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A Good Sport

Although many come to Brighton to simply kick back or go on the lash, you can have a fantastic active break in Brighton and burn off some calories. aug09 019

Rent a bike at Go Cycles or a similar place and ride all around the city or just on the miles long Seafront Path from Brighton Marina to Hove Lagoon. The Undercliff path continues on from here to Saltdean.

If you are a tennis player head to St Anns Wells Park in Hove and choose a tennis court. You may also find something fun to do at King Alfred Lesiure Centre, near Hove Lagoon, where you can buy a day pass for the club or pool. This is a good thing to do if you get rained out on the seafront but still want to “get your swim on”.

If you want to do something intense with a capital I, bike from Brighton Central to Devil’s Dyke. Most of this route is uphill and not for beginners but it is so scenic. I’ve heard you can actually take a path from this area all the way to Reading.

Once you get to Devil’s Dyke, climb down the hills and up them again for more intense physical labour. The brush is a bit thick in parts so I recommend bug spray or pants.  It’s worth it though but very steep.

On the Seafront near Brunswick is a volleyball court and basketball court that is always jumping on a sunny day.  There is also a nearby skateboarding park for those that prefer to do acrobatics on wheels. aug09 048

Although other parts of the country are more famous for surfing, it is possible to surf in Brighton, depending on the weather. Otherwise renting a less vulernable watercraft than your body might be a better idea.  Check out this site for more information.

Something very few people think of to do is rent a motorbike and bike around the city. There is truly nothing better than seeing Brighton on  a motorbike. Vroom By The Sea in Hove can provide you with a motorbike or scooter for the day.

If you feel like a real climb, try climbing Beachy Head between Brighton and Eastbourne or heading to Seven Sister’s National Park, where you can camp out.

If you haven’t quite found the activity you really want to do, check out Active For Life, which is an invaluable resource.

On a slightly windy, some may find Kite Flying a perfect diversion. If you want to fly your kite in Brighton or get one, this website will tell you everything you need to know.

If you only do one active thing, my recommendation is that you head out to Devil’s Dyke on bike. Put some equipment in your rucksack and get ready to play, if you have any energy left!

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