This is the culmination of the complete Sussex Border Path route that we started at the other end of the county in August last year. It doesn't matter if you've only been on one or two of the earlier hikes or none at all. Be there for the last two - this one and section 10 the day before, with a convivial group dinner and overnight stay in between.
Together these make up a group of three events scheduled for the weekend of June 15th – 16th. Most people will be attending all three. If you are coming just for the day then it is up to you to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting point for this hike on Sunday morning. It is not on any railway line.
The journey so far…
Section 11 – 20 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival in Rye town centre at the end of the hike.
This is the last and longest section of the Sussex Border Path and is certainly up there with the very best. The hike itself is 19 miles but there's an extra mile from the main overnight accommodation to the meeting point. It will probably come to 21 miles all told, allowing for any slight detours or pottering about during the day.
There are no steep hills and it is very flat in the afternoon but you need to make sure you can keep going the whole day at our usual medium fast pace while carrrying the slightly heavier than normal backpack.
In the morning we walk through the grounds of the impressive Bodiam castle before all the tourists get there.
Photo © Copyright Liz Williams
We stop for lunch in the one small village that we go through the whole day, and then it’s on to the wide plain of the Rother Valley, following the long bend of the river as far as the quaint small town of Rye, one of the historic Cinque Ports that was once on the coast but is now two miles inland. Like the walk around Thorney Island at the very start of the entire route this final stretch of five or six miles has a unique character and brings the full adventure to a satisfying end.
There is a £1 fee payable to the organizer on the day.
Photo © Copyright Nigel Chadwick
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet for start of hike: 9:00 - 9:15 am. Outside the Eight Bells pub, The Moor, Hawkhurst.
Part 1: 8 miles. 3 hours.
Lunch Stop: In the village of Northiam. There is a pub very near the path. This seems to be only place open on Sunday that is not too far out of the way.
Part 2: 11.5 miles. 4 hours 15 minutes. Subject to the weather we'll break up the long afternoon’s hike with a bit of a rest at a suitable spot.
End of Hike: The earliest train to London for those who wish to catch it is at 17:46. This may mean pressing on ahead and not quite going to the official end of the path in the main town square. As the last few miles along the riverbank are extremely easy to navigate people can go at their own pace depending on whether they need to get back or wish to check out the historic town centre and have a drink before catching a later train.
Post-Hike Refreshment: We just need to select one of the excellent pubs to celebrate arrival at the end point of the Sussex Border path after 36 miles in two days.
Buy Ticket: You need to buy a one-way ticket back to London or your other destination. You can get a discount on the fare to London in a group of 4 or a group of 2 or 3 with the organizer. The fare to London St Pancras is £35.60, down to £17.80 in a group of 4.
Return Travel: 17:46 train from Rye station platform 1 to Ashford International, arriving at 18:08. Change to platform 5 for the 18:43 to London St Pancras, arriving at 19:21.
The same return journey is available at hourly intervals thereafter.
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