Sep
2012

Rye- Hastings walk

Rye to  Hastings 13 miles

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A brisk walk through a wonderful section of the Kent Coast, following parts of the Saxon Shore Way. Thus- described by walk leader Margaret Wasdell.

 

 An early start from Charing Cross we took the Hastings train then changed to a local network train to  Rye.  We walked through the picturesque village of  Rye,  and down hill across a small bridge over a river  at  Brede; then up a steep hill , catching a glimpse of the sea as we walked  towards an ancient village called Winchelsea.

There we had a picnic under the sun in the churchyard of St Thomas the Martyr; incidentally Spike Milligan was buried there.

 After half an hour lunch we walked on and over some fields towards a 16th century castle  built by Henry the  V111. We then followed a path alongside the royal Military Canal & walked briskly  for 30- 40 minutes. Then arriving at an open road towards the seafront of Pett Level & further on until approaching The Fairlight National Trust Reserve.
We then walked up into some woodland taking us up to Fairlight  Cliffs .
The walk provided us with a stunning view out into sea and led into Hastings Country Park from there on the walk consisted of many steep ascents and descents eventually arriving at Hastings.
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 PETT LEVEL SEA FRONT
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A VIEW FROM FAIRLIGHT CLIFFS

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Up and down and Up, and—Down, and ….

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It was an invigorating walk and well worth the effort to get there.

It’s worth joining up with a walking group as they have experienced guides which without I would have given up. I’m not much of a map reader, but eventually as I get out more I will start to learn

Until next time.

Enjoy the views

Julie

2 thoughts on “Rye- Hastings walk

  1. I am now subscribed to Ican’texplainmyfeet. and have enjoyed reading them all.
    The writing is done in a light an airy way. Not too much ado about nothing but in a tempting way that might encourage others to try the walks.Pointing out titbits all along the routes.
    The pictures picked out the vast hills and dales and made it even more inspiring.
    Hopefully, one day I might go there and see it for myself.
    Well done Julie!

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