Hastings to Rye – Spectacular Coastal Walk - 23 August 2014

  • August 23, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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A long

day’s travel

across varied landscapes –

clifftop paths

with dramatic views, moss drenched woodland and low-lying pastures  beneath

big skies

punctuated by the

ancient towns

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

• Snacks


Payment:

£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.


Getting there:
Train

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



Car
This is a linear walk starting in Hastings.  If driving, we recommend parking in Rye and catching the train to Hastings


Additional Information:

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.[4] 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.


Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy:

By booking on to this Relaxing Walk MeetUp you are confirming your agreement to our Terms & Conditions which can be viewed in full by clicking this link

Safety and Insurance: We consider your safety to be our number one priority and while we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity can involve a danger of personal injury or death. Please be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in. We recommend that everyone participating in outdoor activities obtain appropriate insurance. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/insurance


We look forward to seeing you


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  • irem y.

    Always pleasure to join your walks Jo & Jonty! Very well organised and it was great to meet all of you fellow walkers.

    August 25, 2014

  • Anna

    Thanks for a great walk Jo and Jonty, I had a lovely time. Thanks everyone for the fab company too, hope to see many of you again on another walk. Mandy, get well soon!

    August 25, 2014

  • Mandy

    Hi Jo and Jonty, thank you so much for looking after me yesterday. I so appreciated how caring you were. I had good and reasonably quick attention at Hastings hospital and they confirmed that I had dislocated my collar bone. Knee seems to be ok thank goodness. I'm in a sling and waiting for Tuesday for the feature clinic to open to have the shoulder sorted! Thankfully my ex picked me up and I spent the night withs my kids in their caravan in Hastings. So all worked out fine. I was loving the walk up to the point if the fall. I will leave feedback. Thank you very much again for your support and kindness. Look forward to meeting you again in another week. Mandy

    August 24, 2014

    • Meetup - Jo and J.

      Hi Mandy, very glad there were friendly faces nearby and hope the wait till Tuesday (really??) isn't too uncomfortable. Great to see you on the walk and look forward to walking with you again. Take care, Jo and Jonty

      August 25, 2014

  • Kirsten

    Hi Mandy, thank you for letting us know that you're ok. All the best
    Jo and Jonty - thank you very much for organising the walk, and to the whole group - it was great day out.

    August 24, 2014

  • Kirsten

    Fantastic walk with stunning views, and we had a perfect sunny day for it too. Jo and Jonty organised everything very well and timed the route perfectly.

    August 24, 2014

  • Birgit

    It's been a really great walk. Thanks so much. :)

    August 24, 2014

  • Fara Y.

    Hi Mandy, glad to hear that you`ll soon be on the mend. Take care, Fara

    August 24, 2014

  • Mandy

    Very well organised walk through stunning countryside. I received the gold star treatment when I fell and needed an ambulance.

    August 24, 2014

  • Mandy

    What a fabulous walk, such a lovely way to spend a sunny Saturday. Thank you all for your patience when I fell. I have dislocated my collar bone however knee seems ok. Hastings hospital gave me a sling and painkillers and I have to wait for a fracture clinic to open on Tuesday morning to have it put back in!! Anyway all is well - I stayed the night in the caravan in Hastings that my ex husband was staying in with my children - thank goodness they were down the road. Anyway, lovely to meet you all and hopefully I will meet you again on another relaxing walk. Mandy

    August 24, 2014

  • Mandy

    Hi Jo and Jonty, thank you so much for looking after me yesterday. I so appreciated how caring you were. I had good and reasonably quick attention at Hastings hospital and they confirmed that I had dislocated my collar bone. Knee seems to be ok thank goodness. I'm in a sling and waiting for Tuesday for the feature clinic to open to have the shoulder sorted! Thankfully my ex picked me up and I spent the night withs my kids in their caravan in Hastings. So all worked out fine. I was loving the walk up to the point if the fall. I will leave feedback. Thank you very much again for your support and kindness. Look forward to meeting you again in another week. Mandy

    August 24, 2014

  • Fara Y.

    A really exhilarating walk with spectacular views - well done Jo & Jonty

    August 24, 2014

  • Andrew

    Thanks Jo & Jonty, an excellent walk!

    August 24, 2014

  • Mandy

    I'll be at Charing Cross in good time too, to join the group ticket, if i can. My mobile is[masked]

    August 22, 2014

  • Gosia

    Hi there, can I join you at Charing Cross?

    August 20, 2014

    • Ulli

      GroupSave is available for between 3 and 9 people with a discount of 34% on the adult fare. Gosia and Irem have my number.

      August 22, 2014

    • irem y.

      Ok all looks good! My number is 07771220355. See you tomorrow at the charring cross station ticket office just before 8am.

      August 22, 2014

  • Gosia

    Hi Edy, Ulli and Irem, I'll be at the ticket office 10-15 min to 8. My mob no 07852922998. Looking forward to meet you!

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Ulli

    Great, Edy, we need another one now, they start at minimum 3 people.

    August 19, 2014

  • Edy

    yes I am leaving from charing cross

    August 19, 2014

  • Ulli

    Hi, I would love to join, is anyone else going from Charing Cross so we can get group return tickets?

    August 19, 2014

  • Zena G.

    Sorry, can't make this lovely walk! Family get together.

    August 18, 2014

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