GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Rye to Hastings Walk

12 miles (19.3 km)

This varied walk between Rye and Hastings includes a nature reserve, a canal-side path, exhilirating cliff top trails, beautiful bays and lovely beaches. It follows a section of the Saxon Shore Way long distance trail so there are good waymarked footpaths for the duration of the walk.
Starting in Rye you head south through the beautiful Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. The reserve is a great place for wildlife spotting and includes saltmarsh, lagoons, grazing marsh, shingle and reedbeds.
The path will lead you to the small town of Winchelsea where you pick up the Royal Military Canal Path. Constructed in the early 19th century as a defence against a possible invasion by Napoleon, the canal-side path now makes for a nice easy walk. It will lead you all the way to Pet Level where you pick up the coast path to Fairlight Cove. Here you'll find a lovely beach surrounded by cliffs.
The path continues west past the pretty Covehurst Bay before coming to Hastings Country Park. The site includes 600 acres of beautiful parkland with more great wildlife spotting opportunities. Peregrines, black redstarts and fulmars can be seen on the coastal cliffs, while Dartford warblers, stonechats and yellowhammers can be seen on the gorse covered hills.
The final section takes you from the park to High Wickham before finishing in Hastings by the pier.
To continue your walking in the area you could pick up the long distance 1066 Country Walk which follows in the steps of William the Conqueror, taking you to Battle Abbey at the site of the Battle of Hastings.

Rye to Hastings OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Rye to Hastings Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Confluence of the Brede and Tillingham Rivers - geograph.org.uk - 361191

Confluence of the Brede and Tillingham Rivers

Drainage Ditch near Camber Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1341824

Drainage Ditch near Camber Castle

Huts near Camber Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1342564

Huts near Camber Castle

St. Thomas the Martyr churchyard. Winchelsea. - geograph.org.uk - 429284

St. Thomas the Martyr churchyard. Winchelsea.

Royal Military Canal - geograph.org.uk - 456519

Royal Military Canal

The Sea front Embankment, Pett Levels - geograph.org.uk - 1054419

The Sea front Embankment, Pett Levels

Fairlight Cove Cliffs - geograph.org.uk - 733190

Fairlight Cove Cliffs

East Cliff, Hastings, East Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 891510

East Cliff, Hastings, East Sussex

GPS Files

GPX File

Rye to Hastings.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Rye to Hastings.mmo (right click - 'Save As')