Length: 20.9 km/13.0 mi or
26.9 km/16.7 mi
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours or 6 hours (incl. 1 hour added for the shingle and sand)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 or 4 out of 10
Take the 09.34 Margate train from St. Pancras I’nal (Stratford I’nal 09.41), change at Ashford (10.11/10.33), arrives Rye 10.54. [From Victoria the 08.52 train (Bromley South 09.09) arr. Ashford 10.21.]
Return trains are on xx.30 and xx.56 (but not 19.30) from Rye and xx.10 from Ham Street. Buy a Rye return.
This is a very interesting if not classically pretty walk, along the south coast of Kent. It starts in historic Rye and follows the Rother River
down to the sea. Then it passes a quiet beach (Camber Sands
) backed by sand dunes. After that the walk enters into the Lydd Ranges
, which is now a nature reserve. The most interesting part of the walk is Dungeness
– a nuclear power station
, a pub, a village of chalets with driftwood gardens, a heritage railway with miniature steam trains, 2 light houses
(the power station was built in the way of the first...), Britain's only desert
(due to the low rainfall) and its biggest expanse of shingle (small pebbles) – leading to a strange, unique and desolate landscape, and past Derek Jarman’s Garden
. Either end the walk along the coast at The Pilot Inn, or walk inland through the nature reserve (and a RSPB site) to Lydd village.
Return travel by bus:
From Lydd-on-Sea (The Pilot Inn) by line 11/11A to Hamstreet or Ashford (17.23, arr. Hamstreet 17.56, Ashford 18.15) or by line 102 to Lydd to connect to below services (15.54, 17.29, 17.59);
From Lydd Church by line 100/101 to Rye (16.06, 16.26, 17.06, 17.41, 18.16, 19.07, 20.12).
The Lydd Ranges are closed
this weekend, see here
Low Tide is at 11.06, so we should be fine to avoid some of the shingle.
Cafés & Restaurants + a Pub in Camber
(6.0 km) or The Britannia Inn
(19.0 km, food all day).
, height profile
and gpx/kml files