Bishopstone Station and bridge

If you want to head back to the town from here, buses from the bus stop nearly opposite are quite frequent. Otherwise turn right onto the shared footpath – cycle track westwards.

Past the first road junction to the left and before the right junction to the bridge there is a permissive footpath which takes you down to it, avoiding the main road (though it might get muddy after a lot of rain!). On the west side of the road, about 50m from the bridge is a brick blockhouse. The story goes that this housed valves which led to some arrangement which would spill and ignite fuel on the sea in the event of an invasion.

The current Bishopstone Station is now a grade II listed building. You can reach it via the steps immediately south of the bridge. The art deco design, possibly inspired by that of Arnos Grove tube station, was intended to be the centrepiece of a proposed residential development that never took place due to the outbreak of the Second World War. Look closely at the embrasures on the central block. In 1940 a pair of pillboxes was built on the roof of the main station building, flanking its octagonal tower. Despite the times, considerable effort was made to blend these into the original structure, and they are thus well camouflaged.

Continue past the railway bridge back to the promenade at the Buckle to return to the start of the trail at Splash Point. Don’t forget there are refreshments and toilets available at the Sailing Club (when open to the public).

You are now on the home run, though still with a pleasing walk towards Seaford Head in front of you. If you want a reminder of the points you passed on the way west, they are (in the order you encounter them on your return journey) –