View of Rye from the riverside footpath between Camber Sands and Rye with boats
View of Rye from the riverside footpath

Rye, a quaint little town whose appearance has changed little over the last hundred years, is about 3 miles from The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster Holiday Cottages. Many of our guests enjoy the walk from Camber Sands to Rye (both with or without dogs). These three routes, our personal favourites, are all great dog walks as your dog can be off the lead for more or less the whole time. If you only want to walk one way then the bus offers an easy way either there or back. If you are in a group of four then you’ll probably find a taxi better value. The taxi rank in Rye is in front of the station.

Along the Coastal Cycle Path...

This is the easiest and shortest route. On leaving Whitesands turn right towards Rye and pick up the National Cycle Network Route 2 just after the last few houses on the right hand side. The cycle path follows the course of the road for the most part, dipping inland a couple of times until crossing the road just after the sailing lake. It then cuts across the sheep fields, on a tarmac path, arriving at Rye at the road bridge.
 
From the road bridge it’s an easy walk into the town. Go over the bridge and walk across the park aiming at a narrow tarmac path between the bowling green and the toilets. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and take a wide, steep path into Rye arriving on the High Street by Knoops where you can stop for a well deserved hot chocolate – my favourite is a dark chocolate infused with chilli.
 

Along the Beach and the Harbour Mouth…

Follow the beach to the west (right) all the way along to where the river Rother meets the sea. At the river mouth turn inland to follow the river bank as far as the Harbour Master’s House.

Footpath from Camber Sands along the River Rother to Rye with Springer Spaniel
The footpath between the river mouth and the golf course at Rye.

Keeping the fence to the golf course on your right continue on the path to the right of the Harbour Master’s House and then continue to follow the footpath signs turning slightly left and keep to a raised grassy path along the edge of the estuary. This section of the walk offers some lovely views of Rye. The path arrives at Rye by the bridge.

Along the Old Tram Line...

Leaving Whitesands turn right and at The Gallivant, cross over the road into the large, grassy Western car park. Walk to the right back corner and follow the path towards the beach for a few metres. You will see a kissing gate on your right leading to the golf course with a sign showing the route of the Old Tram Line.  The tram once brought passengers from Rye out to Camber. I’m sure that those arriving at Camber then must have been quite bemused as the tram station was in the middle of the dunes and quite a walk from Camber itself!
The old tram station at Rye golf links
The old tram station at Rye Golf Course on the old Rye to Camber Tramline

Go through the kissing gate and follow the tramline path across the golf course aiming for a square shelter in the middle distance. It’s a level path and dogs do not need to be a on leads provided they are under control, but beware, there are rabbits and flying golf balls! The path takes you to the river Rother where you pass through another gate.

From here you can take a left turn to the beach or to continue into Rye take the right turn inland. Follow the path along the left (river side) of the golf course fence and then keeping right on to the Old Golf Links Tram Station, a brightly painted corrugated shack. From here follow the track along the edge of the golf course towards a rather nice house, the boat yard is on your left.

Continue on the path with the river to your left and the sailing lake to your right. When you reach the end of the lake just past a concrete wartime pillbox follow the cycle path for the final stretch through the sheep field and eventually arriving at the bridge on the edge of Rye.

Rye has an abundance of cafes, pubs, tea and coffee shops, many of which are dog friendly, amongst our favourites (all dog friendly) are:

The Globe Inn Marsh, which has a lovely garden too. 

The Standard Inn, I love the pies here!

The Ypres Castle Inn, on the top of the will by the Ypres Tower, nice garden too.

The Ship Inn, down at Strand Quay.

Hoof, on the High Street, great home produced burgers.

The Fig, lovely little cafe at the top end of the High Street, my favourite is anything with poached eggs.

Fletcher’s House Tea Room, by the church, they make lovely scones both sweet and savoury!

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