The tide is on our side, and the firing range is closed, so here goes: a walk like no other...now fully written up.
Rye to Dungeness and Lydd-on-Sea, or Rye Circular, or Rye to Dungeness to Lydd
Length: 21.7 km/13.5 mi or 17.6 km/11.0 mi or 27.3 km/17.0 mi
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours or 4 hours or 6 hours (incl. time added for the shingle and sand for options 1 and 3)
Toughness: 4 out of 10 or 1 out of 10 or 5 out of 10
Take the 09.34 Margate train from St. Pancras I’nal (Stratford I’nal 09.41), change at Ashford (10.11/10.24), arrives Rye 10.45.
Trains from Victoria or Charing X to Ashford can’t be recommended, as they either just miss the connection, or leave only one minute to change trains!
At the end of the walk, from Lydd and Lydd-on-Sea take buses back to Rye or on to Ham Street or Ashford.
Return trains are on xx.47 from Rye and xx.01 from Ham Street. Total journey time 67 mins from Rye.
Buy a Rye (Sussex) return.
This is a fascinating and most unusual walk, initially leading from the historic Cinque Ports Town of Rye along the Rother River
to Camber Sands
with its shallow and wide sandy beach lined by magnificent sand dunes
and with a selection of lunch stops. After lunch you follow the coast along the beach or the seawall through the Lydd Firing Ranges
(only open for about 65 days a year, today is one of them) into the desolate, vast expanse of shingle
(one of the largest in Europe) that is the Dungeness National Nature Reserve
and then past the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station
. You pass a couple of lighthouses (old and new) and a few tea options in Dungeness and then continue past Derek Jarman’s famed garden
to The Pilot Inn
in Lydd-on-Sea, from where buses take you back to Rye or on to Ham Street or Ashford stations.
Note: to shorten the exposure to the shingle do the walk on days when low tide is around early afternoon (it is, at 14.47).
A circular option from Camber back to Rye through grassy marsh land cuts out all shingly sections.
An alternative ending from Dungeness leads to Lydd through the shingly Denge Beach area and a large RSPB Reserve.
Return travel by bus:
From Lydd-on-Sea (The Pilot Inn) by line 102 to Lydd and on to Rye (xx.50 to 18.50) or by line 11 to Ham Street or Ashford (17.10, arr. Ham Street 17.46, Ashford 18.10);
From Lydd Church by line 102 to Rye (xx.01 to 19.01 then 19.57).
The Lydd Ranges are closed
this weekend, see here
Low Tide is at 14.47, so we should be fine to avoid most of the shingle.
For walk directions
, height profile
and gpx/kml files
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