Book 2 Walk 29 – Hastings to Rye
Length: 19km (11.8 miles) Toughness: 7/10 09:25
Hastings train from Charing Cross
(London Bridge 09:33, Orpington 09:51) arriving at Hastings
Return trains from Rye to Charing Cross, changing at Hastings, are at xx:39 (journey time 2 hours 28 mins, including a 34 minute wait at Hastings).
A much faster alternative is to take a train from Rye to Ashford International at xx:38, changing there on to the high speed service to St Pancras (journey time 1 hour 17 minutes). Buy a Super Off-Peak Day Return to Rye, specifying that you want to return on the high speed service. Buying separate Advance tickets for the outward and return legs the day before travelling will be a bit cheaper, but you’ll need to select a particular timed train for the return journey.
This is a dramatic coastal walk, starting out through Hastings Country Park with some steep climbs through three glens in the morning, followed by flatter territory in the afternoon. Ongoing landslides in Ecclesbourne Glen mean that path diversions will be in place until at least May 2018. You are strongly advised not to ignore these. Details of the detour can be found on the Hastings to Rye Walk
It is also a popular swimming walk, with swimming opportunities at Fairlight Glen, and later at Pett Level.
The walk can be shortened to 10 miles by taking a train to Ashford.from Winchelsea (trains at 15:33, 17:33 and 19:33) or by catching a bus from Winchelsea to Rye.
The recommended lunch spot is the Coastguards Tea Room
(01424 814 131) at the top of the last hill and just a bit inland from the Coast Guard Tower. Alternatively, faster walkers can eat at the Smugglers Inn
at Pett Level (01424 813 491). Tea can be taken at The New Inn
in Winchelsea, or at a number of places in Rye.
You will need to download the Walk Directions