A harbour two miles inland. A town that fell into the sea. Sheep that like to live by the coast. Smugglers sneaking across tidal marshes. Pilotless planes appearing from across the water. A coastal walk where you only glimpse the sea from afar.
Some surprising stories await you on this walk around the historic towns of Rye and Winchelsea.
Discover how coastal processes – tides, waves and currents – have created a distinct physical landscape. Find out how people have made a living from an ever-changing environment subject to the whims of the sea. And explore how the coastal position has influenced military fortifications and defences.
This walk is a fascinating story of human resilience, adaptation and survival in response to the forces of nature.
6 ½ miles
A mostly flat route with some steep hills in Rye and Winchelsea
- Suitable for:
Dogs should be kept on a lead in towns, on roads and on grazing land
- South East England
- Historic landscapes Shaping the landscape Working landscapes
- Rye railway station
- Rye old harbour
- Getting there:
Located on A259 between Folkestone and Hastings; accessible from M20
Nearest station Rye; two trains per hour
Located on National Cycle Network Route 2