Romney Marsh, Broomhill and Camber Sands
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If you have never walked with us before, this is a good and sociable starter event.
The very furthest Easterly bit of Sussex is the edge of Romney Marsh which is a landscape all of its own. Most of it used to be under water and its full history as well as lots of other fascinating information can be found here: http://theromneymarsh.net/home This extreme part of the county meets the sea at Jury’s Gap, which is as far as you can go in East Sussex and indeed along the coast at this point, as beyond it lies the Ministry of Defence Lydd firing ranges, all out of bounds.
Rye is a fantastically interesting and picturesque little town, enormously popular almost all year round and you will see why when we explore it after the walk.
This walk takes us from Rye, straight down to the beach at Camber Sands which is famous for having the only sand dunes in East Sussex but mainly for its fantastic big sandy beach, one of the best in Sussex. In Summer, this is best avoided as it gets packed with tourists and the roads can be jammed for miles around. In Winter, however, it is a dog walker's paradise and people often ride horses there too. We will walk along the beach until we reach the central café and services area where we may stop for lunch.
Depending on the tides, hopefully we will walk all the way along the beach to Broomhill Sands, which is adjacent to Jury's Gap and which has fantastic displays of kitesurfers when the tide is out. From there we may well walk inland a little to explore some of the edge of Romney Marsh, mostly characterised at this time of the year by boggy ground and sheep.
When we get back to Rye we can enjoy a drink in one of the many pubs and for those who have never been there before, I am happy to conduct a bit of a guided tour.
I love walking out of Rye and I am always looking to find new ways of doing this. I have done a version of this particular walk before, but going the other way.
What to bring
It may be nearly Spring, but the wind can whistle across both marsh and sea so please be prepared for any weather! Walking boots and waterproofs are a normal essential at this time of the year.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and enough to drink with you. There is a small supermarket quite close to the station. Hopefully the café on the beach will be open but that is for drinks or snacks. You will need cash for that.