Rye to Dover
This largely flat coastal ride takes you along National Cycle Route 2 from Rye in East Sussex to Dover and its famous white cliffs.
You start in Rye and head to Camber where there is a lovely coastal stretch with views of Camber sands. The route continues inland through Romney Marsh. to Hythe where you can enjoy a lovely spell along the Hythe Military Canal followed by a cruisy strech along the prom. More lovely coastal scenery follows as you head to Folkestone and then onto Dover where you can see the famous white cliffs before finishing the ride in the town centre.
Rye to Dover Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Rye to Dover Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Rye to Dover OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Rye to Dover Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's some good choices for refreshments in the Rye Harbour area. The William the Conqueror pub is located right on the harbour and worthy of investigation. Recently refurbished, it’s a smart, friendly, traditional pub, boasting real ales, hearty pub food and a friendly welcome. There’s a large outdoor area here, with plenty of alfresco seating on the banks of the River Rother. It's a great spot to enjoy lunch while looking out for some of the local wildlife that make this a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You can find the pub near the car park on the eastern side of the reserve at postcode TN31 7TU.
The delightful Avocet Tea Room is located in the same area as well. The tea room also includes a lovely art gallery showcasing the talent of local artists. The gallery is run by award-winning photographer Peter Greenhalf and former journalist Morgan (who makes all the cakes). The gallery reflects the artists’ love of the natural world and is well worth seeing if you have time after your walk.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At the northern edge of Rye harbour there's the Rye Castle Museum or Ypres Tower. The museum has lots of interesting artifacts and exhibits to see including locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps. You can also climb to the top of the tower and enjoy fantastic views over the harbour and the river. It's a nice place to visit after your walk if you have time.
Above: Ypres Tower or Rye Castle. A worthy addition to your outing.