East Sussex Coast and Dungeness, Kent 2 Grade: Leisurely


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4 Nights
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 3 Maximum 12
Holiday Dates
15 - 19 October 2021, Fri - Tues
Rye, East Sussex
Walk Grade
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 10 weeks in advance

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.

£530 in a shared twin ensuite room £630 in a single occupancy ensuite room Included in Price 4 nights bed and breakfast hotel accommodation Packed lunch each day Transport to Dungeness Camber Castle visit Not included Evening meals – your guide will arrange for the group to eat together each evening. Prices from around £15.
Walks of around 6 to 7 miles taken at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for photos, refreshment breaks, taking in the scenery. The pace will be leisurely with no need to rush. Walks may involve some ascent / descent but these will be taken at a comfortable pace and will be on good paths although there may be uneven ground and walking on shingle beaches.
We will stay at the lovely 3 star River Haven Hotel which is well positioned on the banks of the quay overlooking the River Tillingham. Perfecly located, clean and friendly with parking facilities. http://www.riverhaven.co.uk/
Barbara Hamilton has many years' experience as a walking guide and is highly respected. She has guided many holidays in East Sussex and the South over the years.
By Train Trains to Rye station run once an hour from London St Pancras and take around 1 hour 10 minutes changing at Ashford. Trains from further north usually go via London and Ashford. The station is around 10 - 15 minutes walk from the accommodation and there is a taxi rank at the station too. By Car The hotel is situated on the main A259 trunk road from channel ports. There is a parking area in front of the premises that provides ample parking for each room. Additional parking is provided in the adjacent carpark.


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  • 15/10/2021
Total: 530.00

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