GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Camber Castle Walk

3 miles (5 km)

This walk visits the 16th century Camber Castle in Rye, East Sussex.
The historic site is located in the Rye Harbour Nature reserve just to the south of the town. You can follow a section of the Saxon Shore Way to the castle from Rye town centre. It's about a 1.5 mile walk along the waymarked trail passing through the Castle Water Nature Reserve on the way. There is a bird hide just east of the castle on the Castle Water Lake where you can look out for a variety of water loving wildlife.
The ancientDevice Fort was builtby KingHenry VIIIto protect theSussexcoast of England against the increasing risk of a French attack in 1539. English Heritage provide guided tours if you would like to explore the interior of the fort and learn more about its history.
You could continue your walking in the area by heading north east to Camber Sands where there is a popular beach.

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Camber Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Camber Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The 1066 Country Walk runs close to the site. You could follow this long distance trail to Battle and visit Battle Abbey and the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. It's a nice idea if you would like to expand your historical knowledge of the area while also stretching your legs further.


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Camber Castle. The finished castle was initially equipped with 28brassand ironartilleryguns and a garrison of 28 men, commanded by a captain. It may have seen service in 1545 when a French fleet attacked the coast, but its operational value was short lived.

Grazing land north of Camber Castle - - 2071197

Grazing land north of Camber Castle

Gorse by the Saxon Shore Way - - 1850129

Gorse by the Saxon Shore Way

Pasture near Rye - - 57745

Pasture near Rye. Looking North across sheep pasture between Camber Castle and Rye.

Camber Castle near Rye

The ruins became a popular spot for picnics in the 18th and 19th centuries, and was painted byJ. M. W. Turner. It is now protected as a Grade I listed building.

Inside Camber Castle - - 2359756

Inside Camber Castle


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