Rye to Hastings
Myself and Daniel Storey set off from Ashford on the 07:15 train to Rye for an early start and the prospect of a good days walking via Rye Harbour, Pett Level & Fairlight.
We found our way down to the River Rother and our footpath which took us around the south of the town and south of the busy main A259 road. Eventually this led us back towards the town centre and around the River Brede. Then a short distance on the A259 before turning left and then proceeded down the long Rye industrial road to Rye Harbour. After Rye Harbour it’s a short walk out to Rye Nature Reserve and the beauty of open water.
At the mouth of the River Rother a few boats from Rye’s fishing fleet left harbour and made their way past the two Wartime gun emplacements and out into open water.
A long stretch along the seafront eventually brought us to the old Mary Stanford Lifeboat House at Winchelsea Beach. Please read about this lifeboat station and it’s brave, courageous crew that sadly all lost their lives at sea in 1928 while trying to save the crew of a stricken ship.
We soon arrived at Pett Level and our thoughts turned to refreshment, however sadly the New Beach Club was shut.
We started our climb up over Cliff End and at Fairlight we meet David Strachan and Loki the dog, who joined us for part of the walk. However not before we had some tea and cake at the Coastguards Tearoom Fairlight. After our break its back walking through the deep sided Brakey Bank and Fairlight Glen. Here there has been huge landslides and after a brief discussion we decided to stick to the original path which is now closed. However it has now started to be recovered by walkers and was quite safe to traverse. After a short walk we find ourselves above Hastings in the Hastings Country Park.
As we walked down onto the seafront and near the end of today’s walk, a last look back at East Hill reveals the stunning Cliff Funicular Railway above. 15.63 miles.