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By Carol Brazel, Oct 1 2017 10:00AM
Rye has gained the reputation over the past few years as a destination for those who love their food. This month, and at the end of every October, Rye celebrates the abundance of locally sourced wild boar and game in Wild Boar Week (21st - 29th October 2017). This festival showcases a variety of local game including mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, venison and, of course, wild boar. Many of the restaurants, pubs, inns and bistros feature special menus and dishes alongside their regular menus, other festival events include live music, walks and guided tours.
More information about this event can be found by visiting www.wildboar.org.uk
By Carol Brazel, Sep 13 2017 10:47AM
The people of Sussex certainly know how to celebrate Bonfire Night and during October and November many towns and villages across the county have bonfire celebrations.
Rye Bonfire Procession takes place this year on 13th November, when the cobbled streets of this medieval town come alive with the sound of beating drums. The procession of floats, walkers with flaming torches, drum bands and our dragon, Scorcher and The Burning Boat winds its way through the narrow streets to the Salts and one of the biggest bonfires you will ever see. Once the bonfire has been lit there is an excellent firework display over the marshes. There is no charge for this event, the Rye Bonfire Society raises funds throughout the year, donations are very welcome. The donations given by the public on bonfire night has raised considerable amounts for local charities.
The streets are closed to traffic from about 7.30pm until about 9.30pm. Many people will arrive in Rye early and enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the many pubs or restaurants in the town. The precession begins at 7:50pm, signaled by a loud maroon. The bonfire on The Salts will be lit at around 8:45pm and the fireworks will begin at around 9pm.
Visit the Rye Bonfire Society website for more information and safety advice.
If you want to be part of this event our cottages The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster are less than a 10 minute drive from Rye. A Bonfire Night weekend break at The Salty Dog costs £440 for up to 6 people and at Rock Lobster the cost is £285 for up to 4 people. Our weekend guests can arrive anytime from 3pm on Friday and stay as late as 7pm on Sunday.
By Carol Brazel, May 18 2017 03:12PM
The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster holiday cottages in Camber are a great place to stay if you enjoy walking, from their position nestled behind the dunes on the edge of the Romney Marshes you can choose from beach/ coastal walks and countryside walks long, short, easy or more challenging. I have mentioned a three of our favourites here, but if you take a break at one of our Camber Sands cottages you will find maps, books and guides at the cottage to help you discover many more for yourself.
I never tire of this walk, it is one that we do in some shape or form on every visit to Camber. Simply walk along the through the dunes to the beach and head off right. When you reach the river turn up towards Rye Harbour passing the golf course on your right. After a couple of hundred meters turn right through the gate and onto the golf course along the old tramline (now only distinguishable by a grass ridge) through the golf course back to Camber. If you have a dog, you may prefer simply to return from here to your starting point via the path between the golf course and the dunes, your dog will then have more freedom to run and explore and even to chase a few rabbits! Takes about 1 1/2 hours.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is home to many species of birds and plants, many of which are quire rare. The information centre has maps and information on the area including an up to date list of wildlife sightings. A route we often walk starts at the free car park and takes about 2 hours to complete, finishing with coffee, tea or lunch at one of the pubs or teashops. Follow the tarmac track towards the information centre then on towards the point where you take the track on the right towards Winchelsea beach. After about half an hour you will pass the old lifeboat station on the beach to your left. Here you will find an information board describing the sad loss of the crew of the Mary Stanford in 1928, it is worth stopping at this point to take a look. Continue along the track, after a while turning to your right by a Nature Reserve notice across some shingle along a raised path between fields towards Long Pit and Camber Castle. Turn right at Long Pit and follow the path along the edge of the pools, home to Reed and Sedge Warblers, Read Bunting and Marsh Frogs back towards the start. Takes about 2 hours.
This beautiful area of coastline lines to the east of Hastings and can be reached by car via Fairlight Road or by bus from Rye. If you go by car, park in the main car park by the visitors centre on Coastguards Lane. You can then pick up a map showing the footpaths before setting out on your walk. If you don’t like hills be careful because for every downhill path you take there is going to be a corresponding uphill path later!
It is worthwhile to take the time to walk along the cliff top path to Warren Glen and Fairlight Glen then heading inland at marker post 12 towards Barley Lane and then back alongside the fields to the visitors’ centre. The views out to sea and across the bay towards Winchelsea and Camber area stunning.
By Carol Brazel, May 8 2017 04:43PM
Our holiday cottages at Camber Sands are just a few minutes stroll from this awe inspiring beach. You will read on many websites that the beach is 7 miles of glorious sand, I’m not so sure about that I think it’s more like 3 miles when measured from end to end, but still plenty of sand for everyone.
The quickest and our preferred way to the beach is via the sand dunes opposite The Gallivant restaurant. However, this route is not for everyone and there is an alternative route which provides level access just a short walk along the Old Lydd Road via the main car park.
Facilities at the beach include toilets, a few cafés, bars and shops selling mainly beach goods (not all open outside the peak summer season). Sun loungers and parasols can be hired during summer season. Our cottages have windbreaks, picnic rugs, beach chairs, a cool bag and freezer blocks as well as a section of beach toys for guests use.
The beach is cleaned daily and to ensure it is a safe environment for all its users, the beach is zoned into separate areas with activities such as kite surfing kept to the far east end and the central and western section for less hectic pastimes. We also have life guards on duty now during the summer season (please check dates and times online). Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round but from 1st May - 30th September dogs are restricted to the area to the west of our usual access point and to the east of the central area. Horse riding is allowed on the beach at low tide all year round but during the summer months is restricted to before 8:30 am and after 7pm. At low tide the sea recedes by about half a mile leaving small pools and lagoons which are ideal for children to splash about in safely. The tide times can be checked easily online or you can download an app to your phone.
In recent years Camber Sands has become very popular for activities such as kite surfing, kite bugging, kite boarding, and land yachting. The zone set aside for this is at the far east of the beach at Broomhill where additional parking is available. Sports equipment can be stored safely and securely at both our cottages. Coast magazine recently recommended Camber Sands as number 1 UK beach for land sports (September 2016 edition).
For those of us after a more genteel form of exercise Camber Sands has numerous rights-of-way. Rye (3 miles away) can be reached via an informal footpath along the beach and along the dunes and/ or cycle path on foot in about an hour. The traffic free cycle path (part of the National Cycle Route 2) is ideal for a family bike ride into Rye. Bikes can be stored securely in shed or garage at our cottages.
Camber Sands is also a haven for wildlife, the dunes are home too over 250 different species of plants and animals and an important site for wintering birds including hen harriers and short-eared owls. Camber Sands is the only sand dune system in East Sussex.
Camber Sands beach is beautiful all year round, we have many guests who stay again and again for weekends during the autumn and winter months. What could be nicer on a chilly afternoon than a refreshing walk on the beach and then returning to your cosy, warm cottage for a hot chocolate and a film?
For more information about Camber Sands visit Rother District Council
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Here I blog about our holiday homes, about the area and other diverse subjects broadly linked to the above and to life on the Sussex coast.
If you are inspired to visit our part of England, please take a look at our coastal holiday homes. We own and manage three properties.
The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster holiday cottages are both a few minutes walk from the beach at Camber Sands and just three miles from Rye.
Sea Fizz, our apartment, is on Brighton Marina, ideally situated for exploring Brighton and the surrounding countryside.