The medieval towns of Rye and Winchelsea are the base for our holiday in this lovely part of East Sussex. Staying in Rye we will have the chance to discover the fascinating history of the town with a walk through the cobbled streets and along the ramparts of this ancient member of the Cinque Ports. Our walks will take us across the marshes to the sea, through the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with a chance to visit the bird hides and Camber Castle on one day. The next day we will take the path to Winchelsea walking along the Military Canal and into the peaceful and beautiful village where we can visit the Church of St Michael (last resting place of Spike Milligan) and walk the streets of this medieval, once bustling, town. There will be an extra walk exploring Rye on Friday afternoon if you can arrive by 1.30pm.
We will stay at the River Haven Hotel on the river in Rye, a comfortable modern hotel 5 minutes walk from the station and the centre of the town where we can enjoy afternoon tea, wonderful shops and excellent restaurants. We will eat out in Rye in the evenings (not included).
Itinerary (subject to change)
For those who can arrive by 2.00pm we will take a walk through Rye, viewing its ramparts, walls and cobbled streets – the town on which E F Benson based his ‘Mapp & Lucia’ series of books. Plenty of tea shops will give us an opportunity to stop before heading back to the hotel. Dinner will be taken at one of the many restaurants in Rye.
Our path today will take us down to Rye Harbour across the marshes and into Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. There are many chances to sit in the bird hides and to enjoy spotting the birdlife in the peace and quiet of the Reserve. The vegetation growing in the area is extraordinary and will give us great examples of shingle flora. Our path takes us to Camber Castle where we have arranged a private 45 minute tour with a Reserve Warden after which we will stop for our packed lunches. We return to the Hotel across the marshes and will then head out into town again for dinner.
We will follow a path today along the Military Canal across the fields to the lovely, gentle village of Winchelsea with a chance to visit the church and have coffee before our return along the 1066 Country Walk path back to Rye. After a cup of tea we will begin our journeys home.
Price includes: 2 nights part board accommodation; entrance to Camber Castle. Single rooms available if you book early – £15 per night supplement