Dec
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Camber Sands Day Walk and Rye Xmas event (38495)

Event Overview

This year sees a repeat of Rye's popular and entertaining Christmas event, with lots of festive activities and displays going on all afternoon and into the early evening.

We shall join in the fun but only after we have completed a nine or so mile stroll down to Camber Sands and back. We will follow a slightly different route from last year and the direction we travel will be determined by the state of the tide- the beach is fantastic in winter but obviously best when the tide is out. You can see our approximate route here:

https://os...

This year sees a repeat of Rye's popular and entertaining Christmas event, with lots of festive activities and displays going on all afternoon and into the early evening.

We shall join in the fun but only after we have completed a nine or so mile stroll down to Camber Sands and back. We will follow a slightly different route from last year and the direction we travel will be determined by the state of the tide- the beach is fantastic in winter but obviously best when the tide is out. You can see our approximate route here:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1600707/Rye-Camber-2017-Christmas-walk

After the walk, I will conduct an extended tour of Rye (aka Tilling) for anybody who is interested, including the location of the first series Mallards if that means anything and doubtless a pub or two will demand our attention. During this time we will see some of the attractions of the day as well. Doing it in this way will hopefully ensure that nobody feels left out and we can continue to enjoy each other's company while also exploring this fascinating and ancient little town.

There is a photographic record from last year's event and this link is to the Christmas in Rye event page:

https://www.christmasinrye.co.uk/rye-christmas-festival-2016

By the way, Mallards and Tilling refer to the Rye-based tales of Mapp and Lucia- but I'm sure you knew that!

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What to bring

It is Winter and we will be out on Romney Marsh and Camber Sands, both of which are very exposed so they can be very windy and wet. Please dress accordingly!

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Please bring a packed lunch and drink for the day. Doubtless we will be able to buy more when we are back in Rye later on.

Meeting & Times

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Is this your first ever event?

This day will be a very good first event. The walk involves hardly any hills except actually in Rye and the terrain is therefore fairly easy. Nine miles (distance depends on the tide) isn't too arduous and we won't be racing. The combination of people chatting to each other during the walk and the optional social side afterwards means you should feel very welcome during the day and that you have made potential new friends by the end of it!

The idea of meeting up with a group of complete strangers to be taken for a long walk on an unknown route through unfamiliar countryside can be daunting for some, but hopefully the following helpful guideline will set your mind at rest:
http://outdoorlads.com/events/my-first-day-walk
 

 


Event Reference No:
38495