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By Carol Brazel, May 29 2018 01:39PM


View of Rye from the Riverside Footpath
View of Rye from the Riverside Footpath

Rye, a quaint little town whose appearance has changed little over the last hundred years, is about 3 miles from The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster Holiday Cottages, a walk that’s enjoyed by many of our guests (both with or without dogs). If you only want to walk one way then the bus offers a easy way either there or back.


Along the Coastal Cycle Path…

This is the easiest and shortest route. On leaving Whitesands turn right towards Rye and pick up the National Cycle Network Route 2 just after the last few houses on the right hand side. The cycle path follows the course of the road for the most part, dipping inland a couple of times until crossing the road just after the sailing lake and cutting across the sheep fields, on a tarmac path, arriving at Rye at the road bridge. To walk into the town cross the road bridge and walk across the park aiming at a narrow tarmac path between the bowling green and the toilets. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and take a wide, steep path into Rye arriving on the High Street by Knoops where you can stop for a well deserved hot chocolate - my favourite is a dark chocolate infused with chilli.

A desserted Camber Sands Beach
A desserted Camber Sands Beach

Along the Beach and the Harbour Mouth…

Follow the beach to the west (right) all the way along to where the river Rother meets the sea then turn inland to follow the river bank as far as the Harbour Master’s House.


The Footpath between the River Rother and the Golf Course.
The Footpath between the River Rother and the Golf Course.

Keeping the fence to the golf course on your right continue on the path to the right of the Harbour Master’s House then continue to follow the footpath signs turning slightly left and keep to a raised grassy path along the edge of the estuary. This section of the walk offers some lovely views of Rye. The path arrives at Rye by the bridge.


Along the Old Tram Line…

Leaving Whitesands turn right and at The Gallivant, cross over the road into the large, grassy Western car park. Walk to the right back corner and follow the path towards the beach for a few meters. You will see a kissing gate on your right leading to the golf course with a sign showing the route of the Old Tram Line which once brought passengers from Rye out to Camber. I fear that those arriving at Camber then must have been quite bemused as the tram station was in the middle of the dunes and quite a walk from Camber itself!


The Old Tram Station at Rye Golf Links.
The Old Tram Station at Rye Golf Links.

Go through the kissing gate and follow the tramline path across the golf course aiming for a square shelter in the middle distance. It’s a level path and dogs do not need to be a on leads provided they are under control, but beware, there are rabbits and flying golf balls! The path takes you to the river Rother where you pass through another gate. Here you can take a left turn to the beach or to continue into Rye take the right turn inland. Follow the path along the left (river side) of the golf course fence and then keeping right on to the Old Golf Links Tram Station, a brightly painted corrugated shack. From here follow the track along the edge of the golf course towards a rather nice house, the boat yard is on your left. Continue on the path with the river to your left and the sailing lake to your right. When you reach the end of the lake just past a concrete wartime pillbox follow the cycle path for the final stretch through the sheep field and eventually arriving at the bridge on the edge of Rye.


Rye has an abundance of cafès, pubs, tea and coffee shops, many of which are dog friendly, amongst our favourites are:

The Globe Inn Marsh,

The Standard Inn,

The Ypres Castle Inn,

The Ship Inn,

Hoof,

The Fig,

Fletcher's House Tea Room.





By Carol Brazel, Feb 14 2018 04:03PM

You might think that renting a holiday cottage or apartment is the perfect break with babies and toddlers, until that is you start to think of all that kit you need to pack into the car! 


What about sterilising the bottles?

Our places have electric steam sterilisers which are tested regularly and replaced as necessary.

What about all the nappies I’ll have to fit into the car?

Order nappies with your supermarket delivery and while your on-line you can order groceries so the only shopping you need to do while on holiday is fresh local produce from the quay and farm shop.

What about mealtimes?

Mealtimes should be a time to enjoy time together as a family. We provide high chairs (and booster seats) and the floors in the kitchen and dining areas are wipe-down (tiles or wood). You will also find plastic plates, bowls, beakers and cutlery (possibly the same as you have at home, let’s face it, most families with children have something from IKEA even the Royals!) There is also a microwave, essential if you’re in a rush and a hand blender.


What about child-friendly restaurants within walking distance?

Don’t forget you are on holiday and deserve a meal out now and again. The Gallivant, just a couple of minutes walk from The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster at Camber Sands, is a lovely seaside bistro and restaurant which welcomes children. Their children’s menu is straight forward and made from scratch - not an e-number or preservative in sight! The grown-ups’ menu is great too, making the most of local ingredients. If you fancy going a little further afield, there are also many fantastic and child-friendly eating places in Rye, a little, medieval town just a few minutes away by car.


Of course, if you are staying at Sea Fizz, Brighton has many child-friendly restaurants, some familiar and some new. Brighton Marina itself has Pizza Express, TGI Fridays, Cafe Rouge, Zizzi and many more.


What about bath-time?

A non-slip bathmat is provided in each property. You will also find a few bath-friendly toys. We do, of course, provide towels for all our guests, including babies.



What about bedtime?

There are two travel cots at each property. We don’t provide cot linen as we have found that most babies seem to prefer their own blankets, sheets, snuggle bags, whatever. There are also a bed guards available for toddlers who still like a bit of extra security. In The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster you will find baby monitors so you can enjoy a relaxing evening while your baby sleeps upstairs. Sea Fizz is much smaller so you should be able to hear you baby in the bedroom while you relax in the lounge or on the balcony. You will also find a selection of bed-time stories to share at all our holiday homes.


What about the stairs?

Sea Fizz is on one level so there are no stairs and at The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster there are stair gates at the top and bottom of each flight of steps.


I am potty training my toddler. Will that be an issue?

There is a toddler step at each property to help little ones climb onto the loo or reach the basin. There is also a potty so you don’t need to bring your child’s own.


Is there space for me to “park” my pram/ buggy?

The Salty Dog and Sea Fizz have a garage right by the front door in which you can store equipment/ bikes whatever. Even with an average sized car inside, you will still have room for a buggy. At Rock Lobster there is a large secure shed in the back garden.


Will I need to bring a lot of toys with me?

All babies and children naturally have their own favourite toys and I’m afraid you will probably not be able to avoid bringing some of those! However, you will find a selection of good quality, well-maintained toys in both properties. Things like Mega-Bloks, puzzle trays, shape sorters and books. At The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster you will also find buckets and spades other outdoor toys for use in the garden and on the beach. In the cosy playroom, adjacent to the kitchen at The Salty Dog, children have their own TV and DVD selection a small sofa, some bean bags and a much wider selection of toys, books and games. There’s also table football which nobody is too old for!


But we’ve got twins!

Not a problem! At all our holiday homes there are two travel cots, two high chairs and two booster seats. We have even had triplets stay at The Salty Dog, we do need a few days notice for this though to get the extra cot/ highchairs sorted.


So what are you waiting for? 

Take a look at our website to find out more and book you break NOW!



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.


Camber Sands Beach

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

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.

Hastings Country Park

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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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. We welcome dogs at Camber Sands holiday cottages.

 

Sea Fizz, our apartment, is on Brighton Marina, ideally situated for exploring Brighton and the surrounding countryside.

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