Book 2, Walk 29 - Hastings to Rye
Length: 19 km (11.8 miles)
Toughness: 8 out of 10 Either
London St Pancras
: 09-37 hrs
Arrive Ashford International
: 10-18 hrs. Change trains
Leave Ashford International
: 10-24 hrs Eastbourne service
Arrive Hastings: 11-06 hrs Or
London Charing Cross
: 09-45 hrs Hastings service
: 11-17 hrs
.......then walk quickly to catch up the Pancreatics Return Rye
to London via Ashford International: 48 mins past the hour Rail ticket
: Either a day return to Hastings - any route permitted - or a day return to Rye.
Last year in May mid-week walkers did the Book 1 version of this walk - Rye to Hastings via Winchelsea - and very enjoyable too. The advantage of doing the walk "backwards" (viz the Book 2 walk), by starting in Hastings, is you tackle the steep glens early in the walk, when you still have petrol in the tank. By contrast, the glens are very hard going and challenging when you reach them late in the Book 1 walk.
We will decide on the day whether to take the detour to avoid the closed Ecclesbourne Glen
, or make our way around the land slip. But please note: the official advice is to take the detour.
After the glens, you are reversing the Book 1 walk all the way to Pett Level
. Your early lunch stop on this walk (recommended for those intending to swim at Pett Beach
) comes before Pett, near Fairlight. I am told the Coastguards Tea Rooms
are pleasant. The tea rooms are located up the road from the Hastings Country Park Visitors Centre. Onwards then to Pett Level via Fairlight and its landslips. As those intending to swim
head for the beach, please note - the pub next to the beach - The Smugglers - is now closed and up for sale. For a pub lunch you will need to reverse a bit more of the Book 1 walk uphill to stop at the Royal Oak Inn
, in the village of Pett, which re-opened two years ago - and looks rather nice.
After lunch, depending on where you land up, you make your way to the historic village of Winchelsea
, then head across farmland and some vast fields to Rye
This should make a good, energetic outing on America's Independence Day. I leave it to you to celebrate with our American cousins or commiserate over the loss of our American colonies.
Walk Directions here: L=2.29