Saturday Walkers Club

Rye to Dungeness and Lydd Walk

Interesting coastal walk past sand dunes, an army range, and a nuclear power station to a unique shingle desert. Travel by bus

Danger Area This walk goes through Lydd Ranges which are only open for about 65 days a year. You MUST check the range opening times on 01303 225518 before doing this walk. As of Jan-14, Googling "FIRING TIMES CPTA RANGES" may turn up a link to the firing times.
Shingle The beach through the Lydd Ranges is shingle, which is hard to walk on. Its much better to do this part of the walk at low tide. Check the tide times!

13 miles / 21 km


4 out of 10 (no hills - shingle)


OS Explorer 125


This is a very intersting if not classically pretty walk, along the south coast of Kent has much to explore. It starts in historic Rye (a Cinque port), and follows a river down to the sea. Then it passes a quiet beach backed by sand dunes to Camber. 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 huge nuclear power station (helping to save the world from Global Warming), a pub, a village of chalets with driftwood gardens, a heritage railway with miniture 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.

Either continue along the coast to The Pilot (pub) for a bus, or walk inland through the nature reserve (and a RSPB site) to Lydd village for a bus

Lydd Ranges Lydd Range are only open for about 65 days a year. They are open for a 2 week period at Christmas, a period in August, and the rest of the 35 days are scattered throughout the year. Walking inland along roads around the ranges would not be very long and not fun.
  • Take the train to Rye. Buy a return to Rye
  • From The Pilot pub (Lydd-on-sea), take bus 11 (hourly, takes 15 mins) to Ham Street station (cheaper but hourly train) or stay on the bus to Ashford (longer bus ride but many trains)
  • From Lydd village, 1) on Dungeness Road take #11 bus to Ashford, or 2) from the High Street, take bus #100 back to Rye

By car, you could do 2 short walks either side of the ranges - the sand dunes near Camber (expensive parking), and around Dungeness

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Out: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: TN31 7AB Directions

Finish: Dungeness Directions

Map Walk This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.

Start walking Large print Using GPS data

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



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Walk Directions  

The directions for this walk are also in a PDF (link above) which you can download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

Map 1 : Rye
Map 2 : Camber
Map 3 : Lydd Ranges West
Map 4 : Lydd Ranges East
Map 5 : Dungerness
Map 6 : Lydd Nature Reserve