Hastings to Rye walk

Seaside Hastings, a hilly cliff walk with 4 steep climbs and a remote naturist beach. Gentle afternoon to historic Winchelsea and Rye via a noted viewpoint.


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  • Rye to Hastings. 14/9/23
    amib, Sep-23

    This is another update of a walk last done in 2009, on the mobile, but, this time, in reverse. Around 11.8 miles between Rye and Hastings, on a glorious, late summer afternoon, with a gentle southerly breeze (occasionally heard on commentary).

    Setting out from Rye, the walker is soon following a track across marshlands towards Winchelsea. Joining the 1066 country walk here, there are some fine views to be had from a former windmill site before passing the interesting church of St Thomas.

    Thereafter, it's on across the former coastline (which can be wet underfoot even in summer!) to join the Royal Military Canal Path into Cliff End and Pett Level, where lunch is had on the promenade (a pub alternative also exists).

    Pressing on, the next section of very undulating walking provides some excellent views and cooling tree cover.

    With Hastings coming into view, the terrain is more open and gorsey, but there's still one more steep descent to reach journey's end.

    An excellent walk with good variety, and, today, good paths and great weather, albeit there are some short sections of steep climbs.

    (N.B. Unusually, this video had to be completed on the train to avoid missing it!).

  • Hastings to Winchelsea. 29/6/09.
    amib, Feb-11

    This 11.8 mile walk officially ends at Rye, but this walker terminated at Winchelsea and got a bus back to Hastings, as the full walk is done in reverse elsewhere.

    Fine clifftop views are had almost from the outset; there's a naturist beach at Fairlight, before the walk turns inland for lunch at Pett Level. Hereafter, the walking is much easier across marshland onto Winchelsea.

    (Mobile phone quality).