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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Sunday Walk - A Cinque Port Town, a River, Camber Sands and Grassy Marshland: Rye Circular [New Variant]

Length:  17.6 km (11.0 mi) (or 19.9 km)
Ascent/Descent:  negligible
Net Walking Time:  4 hours
Toughness:  1 out of 10 

Take the 10.08 Margate train from St. Pancras I’nal (Stratford I’nal 10.15), change at Ashford (10.46/11.16) onto the Brighton train, arrives Rye 11.37
Return trains are on xx.38 (change Ashford, 76 minutes journey time).

New Variation of the Rye – Dungeness – Lydd-on-Sea walk posted on 11 November...

This is a pretty little walk on the boundary of East Sussex and Kent, from the historic Cinque Ports Town of Rye along the Rother River to Camber Sands with its shallow and wide sandy beach lined by magnificent sand dunes and with a selection of lunch stops (a well-run pub, a cafe/bistro or a bistro/restaurant). After lunch you follow the coast along the beach for a short while and turn inland from the easterly edge of the village through the grassy marsh land past the interesting ‘barn church’ in East Guldeford back to Rye, concluding with a little loop through town past plenty of old houses, inns and tea rooms, plus the odd viewpoint or two.  
An extension of the route through the marshes, to Romney Marsh Wind Farm, adds 2.3 km/1.4 mi (currently map-led only).

Lunch: The Owl (6.1 km/3.8 mi), The Rye Bay Café/Bistro (6.3 km/3.9 mi), Dunes Bar & Restaurant (6.4 km/4.0 mi).
Tea: too numerous to mention (see the pdf for details).

For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.154.a


Thomas G said...

Rye to Camber Sands: #89 in ITV's list of Top 100 Walks in Britain (as shown on the tellie a few days ago)

Anonymous said...

Anyone going on this. Long way to go on ones tod, Gavin

Anonymous said...

Intend going.... Rich

Anonymous said...

At least 2 more going.

Thomas G said...

n=16 walkers in all kinds of weather, from a snow flurry while waiting for the connecting train at Ashford, via short squalls in the afternoon, and a proper shower while we were at lunch to sunny blue sky moments as we sautered up Camber Sands; so I'd call that - during walking time - w=overcast-and-cold-then-brightening-up-then-squally.
The posting wasn't perfectly timed, as it was mid-tide and incoming in the a.m., so the river was full and the sandy beach less than half exposed, but nevertheless I think everyone enjoyed it.
One walker insisted on booking a table at The Owl for the 11 lunchers, and that was a good idea indeed, as we had one their many nooks all to ourselves. Fine meals were had and the walk continued through the dunes and along the beach to turn inland back to Rye through the marshes, and soon into the wind.
A good contrast, I'd say, and 6 walkers then walked the previously untested extension to the nearny windfarm. One or two problems occured with being on the wrong side of a ditch (and therefore not getting out of a field where the ditch turned), adding a bit of distance, but we still got back in time for 3 to head for the 17.38 train, while the other 3 followed the route through the quiet cobbled streets of Rye. One last bevvie at The Goerge and off to catch the (delayed) 18.38.

Karen said...

Some nice extras on the walk last Sunday - a seal watching us from the water as we walked on the beach, 3 or 4 rainbows in the afternoon, a large flock of swans pecking the ground on the marshes, a small murmuration of starlings (I guess) as we walked away from the windfarm...