across varied landscapes –
with dramatic views, moss drenched woodland and low-lying pastures beneath
punctuated by the
of Hastings, Winchelsea and Rye. We will be stopping at a
Country pub for lunch
, or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer.
Date: Saturday 23 August 2014
Times: Starting at 10.00am at Hastings Station and finishing around 7pm at Rye
Length: 12 miles / 19 km linear walk
The walk includes some steep ascents and descents in the first half of the walk. In the second half, the terrain levels off to the flat. The pace will be leisurely with several stops.
Toilets: There are toilets at the station and at various places along the route.
Level of fitness: Good. The route includes a flight of steps (about 160) and steep ascents and descents in the first half of the walk. The pace will be relaxed with several stops.
You will need:
• Walking boots, there will be some muddy areas.
• Money for lunch/refreshments
• Waterproof jacket
• You may wish to bring a camera
£6.00 – We recommend payment in advance via paypal but if you are a regular walker with the group, please contact us about paying on the day in cash.
We recommend you catch the 08.15 from Charing Cross or 08.17 from Waterloo East direct train arriving in Hastings at 09.59.
Rye is further from London than Hastings and we recommend buying a Return ticket to Rye
Trains from Rye to London change at Ashford Station.
Please use the discussion group here if you would like to form a group of 4 to organise your own group saver. Group Saver tickets, for four people travelling together and offering up to 50% off travel are available for this journey.
Please double check train times and for anyone travelling from another station, visit www.thetrainline.com
This is a linear walk starting in Hastings. If driving, we recommend parking in Rye and catching the train to Hastings
Hastings: Home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe and the ruins of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror. Around the time of the Norman Conquest, Hastings was a thriving fishing and trading centre and the original port lies deep below today’s town centre. In 1287 the Great Storm hit the southern coast of England and caused the cliff and half its castle to fall into the sea, ruining its harbour. The town then moved eastward. Hastings is a Cinque Port and up until the 16th century, along with other coastal towns, provided the ships and men who guarded king and country from invading forces in return for special privileges. This unique confederation of South East England Channel ports was the original force behind England’s maritime strength.
Winchelsea: Winchelsea stands on the site of a medieval town, founded in 1288, to replace an earlier town of the same name, sometimes known as Old Winchelsea, which was lost to the sea. After the Norman Conquest in 11th century, Winchelsea was of great importance in cross channel trade and as a naval base. In the 13th century, it became famous in the wine trade from Gascony. There may have been, in the 1260s, over 700 houses, two churches and over 50 inns and taverns thus implying a population of thousands of people at the time. During the mid 13th Century, incursions by the sea destroyed much of the town until a massive flood completely destroyed it in 1287. The location is believed to be in Rye Bay.
Rye: One of the best preserved medieval towns in England and stands approximately two miles from the open sea at the confluence of three rivers: the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede.
During its long history its association with the sea has included providing ships for the service of the King in time of war, and being involved with smuggling gangs of the 18th and 19th centuries such as the notorious Hawkhurst Gang who used its inns such as The Mermaid Inn and The Olde Bell Inn, connected by secret passage way.
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