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Ashford (Kent) Group

We are the Ashford Ramblers and are of of 13 groups in Kent, that help to promote the benefits of walking with others in the county.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking
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Overview

For those that don't like hills (yes there are some), this easy going 12.5 mile coastal walk is the one for you, as it is flat at as a pancake, with just 11 foot of ascent, so blink and you might miss it.

Popping over the county border into East Sussex, we venture to Rye Harbour and our starting point, as we explore the edges of Rye & Winchelsea, both of whom were medieval Cinque Ports. Underfoot the going should be generally good, along firm paths & tracks, but muddy stretches shouldn't be ruled out, during the Winter months.

Leaving the car park, initially we are walking alongside the Harbour Road, before we cut off left into the Nature Reserve (this could be muddy in places), following a path towards Brede Lock. We bear left to pass by Camber Castle, which was built by Henry VIII at the time of an invasion scare in 1530, before continuing on to then go through Castle Farm and onwards towards Winchelsea. 

Staying on the Saxon Shore Way, our route then sees us walk alongside the Royal Military Canal, which is our companion until we reach Pett Level, before turning left to eventually reach Winchelsea Beach. Further along, once again in the Nature Reserve, we pass by the old Mary Stanford Lifeboat House, which remains, although tragically the whole crew perished in gale-force conditions in the early 19th century.

As per usual there will be a snack/lunch stop en route, whilst there is the opportunity for a post walk drink in the William the Conqueror in Rye Harbour.

Walk leader is Kevin Hall

 

 

Sunday, 10 December 2023
Start time:
9:30 am
Estimated finish time:
3:00 pm
Difficulty:
Leisurely
Distance:
20.1km / 12.5mi
Ascent:
3.4m / 11ft
Type:
circular

Features

  • Refreshments available (Pub/cafe)
  • Toilets available
  • Car parking available

Starting point

Grid reference:
TQ 94107 18982
Nearest postcode:
TN31 7TY
what3words:
gathering.reverses.handy
Start time:
9:30 am

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking