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’s 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
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