East Sussex Coast and Dungeness, Kent 2 Grade: Leisurely
A wonderful opportunity to explore this historic and atmospheric area with a knowledgeable guide who knows the place well. Our series of walks will take us to some beautiful locations to soak up the atmosphere of times gone by and breathe in the fresh sea air.
On one day we will visit Winchelsea, a fine example of a Medieval planned town, established by Edward I on a grid system. It was designated an Ancient Town affiliated, along with Rye, to the Cinque Ports, a series of coastal towns established for trade and military purposes. Our walk will take us along a section of the 1066 long distance country walk route.
We will head to Dungeness on one day, about half an hour from our base, to enjoy the eerie atmosphere of the shingle beach overlooked by the enormous power station. On the shoreline road, we will find Derek Jarman’s garden designed by the film director (amongst other things) using flotsam washed up by the sea and salt loving coastal plants. It is a truly unique sight and not to be missed. Along the headland we will find a series of wooden weatherboard beach houses plus a number of homes built around old railway coaches. For nature lovers, Dungeness is an internationally important area for conservation with many plants and insects which are found nowhere else in Britain.
During another of our walks we will visit Camber Castle, a Grade I listed 16th century device fort built on the order of Henry VIII during a time of increasing threat from France.
The holiday will be based in Rye, whose centre contains well-preserved Medieval streets complete with cobblestones and half-timbered buildings. It really does have the air of somewhere lost in time. There are plenty of independent shops to browse around and we will head out to eat each evening in a variety of eateries.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 01: Arrival and a short orientation walk through Rye.
Day 02: Walk from Rye harbour through the Nature Reserve with a visit to Camber Castle
Day 03: Walk to Winchelsea and back using the 1066 country walk trail
Day 04: Trip to Dungeness to explore the shingle beach and Derek Jarman’s garden
Day 05: A shorter walk to Playden, a former fishing village, using the Saxon Shore Path.