The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster cottages in Camber are both great places to stay if you enjoy walking, from their  position nestled behind the dunes on the edge of the Romney Marshes you can choose from beach/ coastal walks and countryside walks, long, short, easy or more challenging. I have written about three of our favourite walks around Rye and Camber Sands here, but at each of our cottages will find maps, books and guides to help you discover many more for yourself.

View of Camber Sands and Rye Harbour from the sand dunes at Camber

Camber Sands Beach

I never tire of this walk, it is one that we do in some shape or form on every visit to Camber. Simply walk over the dunes to the beach and head off right. When you reach the river turn up towards Rye Harbour passing the golf course on your right. After a couple of hundred metres turn right through the gate and onto the golf course along the old tramline (now only distinguishable by a grass ridge). Return through the golf course back to Camber.  This walk takes about 1 1/2 hours.

View across a bird watching lake and marshland at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is home to many species of birds and plants, many of which are quite rare. The information centre has maps and information on the area including an up to date list of wildlife sightings. A route we often walk starts at the free car park and takes about 2 hours to complete, finishing with coffee, tea or lunch at one of the pubs or teashops.

Start at the car park and follow the tarmac track towards the information centre continuing straight on. Just before the end of this path you take the track on the right towards Winchelsea beach. After about half an hour you will pass the old lifeboat station on the beach to your left. Here you will find an information board describing the sad loss of the crew of the Mary Stanford in 1928. It is worth stopping at this point to take a look. Continue along the track, after a while turning to your right by a Nature Reserve notice. You then follow along a raised path between fields towards Long Pit and Camber Castle. Turn right at Long Pit and follow the path along the edge of the pools, home to Reed and Sedge Warblers, Read Bunting and Marsh Frogs leading back towards the start. Takes about 2 hours.

View from Hastings Country Park across the sea near Fairlight.

Hastings Country Park

This beautiful area of coastline lies to the east of Hastings and can be reached by car via Fairlight Road or by bus from Rye. If you go by car, park in the main car park by the visitors centre on Coastguards Lane. You can then pick up a map showing the footpaths before setting out on your walk. If you don’t like hills be careful because for every downhill path you take there is going to be a corresponding uphill path later!

It is worthwhile to take the time to walk along the cliff top path to Warren Glen and Fairlight Glen then heading inland at marker post 12 towards Barley Lane and then back alongside the fields to the visitors’ centre. The views out to sea and across the bay towards Winchelsea and Camber area stunning.

If you have enjoyed any of our walks we’d love to hear from you. Please do comment below. Please explore our website to discover more about our family friendly and dog friendly holiday cottages at Camber Sands.

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