Rye to Hastings 13 miles
The Rye to Hastings Walks as described by Walk Leader Margaret Wasdell. “A brisk walk through a wonderful section of the Kent Coast, following parts of the Saxon Shore Way.”
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 downhill 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.
PETT LEVEL SEAFRONT
Did I mention the steep ascents and descents into Hastings?Up and down and Up, and down,then Up,then down again.
It was an invigorating walk and well worth the effort to get there.
I need to mention that this walk alone made it worth joining up with a walking group. 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