A hike to the Sea! - Rye and Winchelsea Circular
Time & Location
About the event
A harbour two miles inland. A town that fell into the sea. Sheep that like to live by the coast. Pilotless planes appearing from across the water, this walk is a fascinating ramble through idyllic English coastal towns.
Sights along the way:
- The lookout, Hilder's Cliff
- St Mary's Church
- Gun Gardens, next to Ypres Tower
- Old Rye harbour
- Camber Castle
The walk's history encompasses some surprising stories, such as how coastal processes – tides, waves, and currents – have created a distinct physical landscape, how people have continued to make a living from an ever-changing environment subject to the whims of the sea and how coastal positions has influenced military fortifications and defenses.
The trail bends round to the west to visit the small town of Winchelsea which makes a great place to stop for refreshments at one of the pubs or cafes.
Length: 10.5 km (6.5 miles), 3 hours walking time.
Meeting Point: St Pancras International station – let’s meet by the ticket office inside the station at street level near to the main entrance. Please make sure you are in St Pancras International station and not Kings Cross Station as this is an easy mistake to make.
Meeting Time: at 08.45 am at St Pancreas station (please be sure to get here on time as sometimes there are long queues for the tickets)
Please note that we will be taking 9.34 am train
Arrives at Rye: 10.46
Hike starts: 11.00 am
Price: £5 (For the hike) . Pay on arrival
Tickets: We will get together and buy group tickets on the day
Toilets: At Rye station
Terrain: Mainly flat, with a couple of steep hills. Mixture of paved roads, cobbles and grassland
Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water