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Rye and Camber Castle

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Rye and Camber Castle
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 10 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide star1 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide star1 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide star0 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide star0 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide
East Sussex, Rye
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Rye and Camber Castle
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide
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A 7km (4.5 mile) circular walk from Rye in East Sussex. This is a level route with easy access, starting from the historic town of Rye, crossing a nature reserve to a bird hide and Camber Castle. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is easy, being relatively flat. The surfaces are a mixture of pavements, lanes and grass field tracks and paths, the latter of which can be a bit muddy. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, just a number of simple bridle gates and generous footbridges. You will be sharing several of the fields with sheep. Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Rye rail station, making it ideal to arrive via public transport. If you are travelling by car, there are several car parks within Rye. Approximate post code TN31 7AB.

Walk Sections

Start to Roundabout
Start to Roundabout

Start point: 50.9523 lat, 0.7308 long
End point: 50.95 lat, 0.7286 long

Starting from Rye rail station, go straight ahead along Station Road. Follow Station Road to the T-junction and turn right to follow Cinque Ports Street. Continue to follow the road ahead to join Wish Street, before reaching the roundabout at the A259 Winchelsea Road.

Roundabout to Harbour Road
Roundabout to Harbour Road

Start point: 50.95 lat, 0.7286 long
End point: 50.9466 lat, 0.7304 long

Cross the main road at the roundabout, and continue ahead to cross the bridge, and follow the road signposted to Hastings, with the quay to your left. After a distance of 450 metres (490 yards), turn left into Rye Harbour Road.

Harbour Road to Old Railway
Harbour Road to Old Railway

Start point: 50.9466 lat, 0.7304 long
End point: 50.946 lat, 0.7322 long

There are good views of the River Brede and the sluice gate at this point. After crossing the bridge, over the sluice, follow the road round to the left (beware of traffic at this point). Immediately after the bend, take the footpath on the right. This part of the route follows the line of the old railway which operated between 1854 and 1960, serving the cement, tar and gravel extraction industries of Rye Harbour.

Old Railway to Field Gate
Old Railway to Field Gate

Start point: 50.946 lat, 0.7322 long
End point: 50.9405 lat, 0.7418 long

Follow the path along the line of the old railway for approximately 730 metres (800 yards) to reach a hand gate beside the reed bed. Shortly after the gate, turn right and cross the footbridge and follow the path ahead. Follow the path to the end of the reed bed and turn right to reach a hand gate, beside a field gate.

Field Gate to Waymark Post
Field Gate to Waymark Post

Start point: 50.9405 lat, 0.7418 long
End point: 50.9352 lat, 0.7332 long

Take the hand gate and follow the path with the fence to your right and Castle Water over to your left. After the next set of gates, continue to follow the field edge path, now with the fence on your left. Follow the path to the gate (beside the willow tree), pass through this and continue on to reach a waymark post.

Waymark Post to Bird Hide
Waymark Post to Bird Hide

Start point: 50.9352 lat, 0.7332 long
End point: 50.9339 lat, 0.7378 long

From the waymark post, continue to follow the path ahead towards Camber Castle. Immediately before reaching the castle, a footpath or spur on the left follows the fence and leads to the bird hide overlooking Castle Water.

Bird Hide to Sharp Right
Bird Hide to Sharp Right

Start point: 50.9339 lat, 0.7378 long
End point: 50.9325 lat, 0.7329 long

When you are finished at the bird hide, retrace your steps to rejoin the main route alongside the castle. Camber Castle was built by Henry VIII, as an artillery fort designed to guard the port of Rye. The castle is open for guided tours only between July and September. From the front of the castle, continue to follow the path south towards a gate and stile, but turning sharp right just before reaching the stile.

Sharp Right to Path Fork
Sharp Right to Path Fork

Start point: 50.9325 lat, 0.7329 long
End point: 50.9416 lat, 0.729 long

Follow the field edge path, keeping the fence on your left, heading towards a gate. Take this and, after the next gate, continue to follow the path with the ditch on your right. After bearing right, the path continues with the River Brede on your left. Immediately after the next gate, the path divides.

Path Fork to End
Path Fork to End

Start point: 50.9416 lat, 0.729 long
End point: 50.9524 lat, 0.7308 long

At this path divide, take the right-hand route, continuing to follow the line of the ditch on your right. After the next gate, turn right at the path junction in front of the cottages. Turn right and follow the driveway, beside the river, to rejoin Rye Harbour Road, adjacent to Brede Sluice. Turn left and retrace the outward route back into Rye and the start of the walk.

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2 Comments for: "Rye and Camber Castle"

Nice walk a bit confusing when leaving the castle as no stile and quite a lot of new fences. Good walk could do with being updated. Doug.

By doug123 on 16 Feb 2018

Instructions a little confusing at the beginning. A great walk, a great castle and a great bird hide. Can't be many castles that you don't have to climb a hill to get to!

By mikejussie on 01 Oct 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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8998_0eastsussexwalks1505051841 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 10 Sep 2017
You will have good views of the River Brede and the Sluice Gate
8998_1eastsussexwalks1505051850 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 10 Sep 2017
There are several simple bridle gates along the route
8998_2eastsussexwalks1505051851 Rye and Camber Castle Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 10 Sep 2017
You will cross a couple of footbridges

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