11 October 2010

24 Hours in Rye and Camber Sands


We haven’t had much of a summer in the UK, well we don't really have much of one most of the time but this year has been particularly bad.  Luckily with what sunshine there was this summer,  I was hot on the tails of it; taking trips out of the city and exploring the beautiful British Isles.

Rye makes the perfect destination for a trip out of the capital.  By train it's only 1 1/2 hours from London, and just over 2 hours by car.  However, if you'd like to make the most of your day, I'd recommend you go up the night before, so you combine it with some beach time at Camber Sands.  

Strand House


Friday

20.00
We checked into the the Strand House, a B&B located in Winchelsea.  The beautifully restored Tudor house  is located just a five minute drive from Rye.  There are only 10 guest rooms in the house, and each room has been decorated to complement the character of the building.  They even have White Company goodies in the bathroom.  


However, if you're a light sleeper and tall, it might be best to give it a miss .  The walls are paper thin and if you're taller than 5'11 you're probably find it difficult to take a shower, and even move around because of the low lying beams.

Saturday
09.00
Start the day in the garden of the Strand House with a hearty cooked Sussex breakfast and a glass of refreshing farm-pressed apple juice.   


If you fancy something a bit lighter, there's also a selection of fresh locally baked bread, potted jam, honey, fruits and yoghurt to choose from.

11.00
Check out of the guest house and make the short 10 minute drive down to Winchelsea Beach stopping by Suttons's for sausages and steaks for a BBQ later on the beach.  


Winchelsea beach is a pebble beach that is overlooked by fields with sheep.  It's impossibly picturesque.  Unlike Camber Sands, it's more of a local beach and is a great spot just to stop and take in the beautiful Sussex coast line and observe nature at play.

11.45
Head in to Rye and park at the car park located just off Rope Walk by the railway station.  There are number of car parks in Rye but this by far the cheapest - it's only £1.50 for the whole day.  

11.55

Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful and quaint streets, and admire the many antique shops on the High Street, and visit the 600 year plus Mermaid Inn.  



Pick up some tea cakes and homemade sausage rolls at one of the many tea shops in Rye and  make the walk to the Ypres Tower, one of the oldest buildings in Rye.  


13.00
For a light lunch, stop off at The Ship Inn for some good quality and regionally sourced pub grub. 


Go for the delciously flavoursome potted crab and homebaked bread, and plate of fish and chips.   Well, you are at the seaside afterall.  And don't forget to try one of the local ciders or wines.




15.00
Time to cool off from all the walking.  Head to Camber Sands.  Just three miles away down the road, this stretch of sandy coastline is one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK known for its fine white sand.  At low tide it stretches for over half a mile.   There's nothing in the way of shops, so make sure you stock up before hand.  


18.30
Watch the sun set while enjoying the goodies you picked up earlier.

20.00
Time to pack up and head back to London. 

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