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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, 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.







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