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GREAT DAYS OUT


RYE


“There is not in all England a town so blatantly


picturesque as Tilling”. So said E.F Benson, of his home town of Rye, East Sussex, used by the author as the setting for his popular Mapp & Lucia novels.


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The medieval East Sussex town of Rye perches on a hill that overlooks the breathtaking panorama of the Romney Marsh, belying its past life as a port in the days before the sea rolled back. Indeed, this former medieval trading post was once the western seat of naval defence as the Napoleonic hoards amassed ominously across the Channel. Rye’s colourful past can be traced way back to Roman times when, before it was separated from the sea by marsh, the town's original location offered a safe haven in the English Channel. A stroll along Rye’s enchanting cobbled streets is like a walk down memory lane and a world away from the modern ‘identikit’ town centre. Here you will find a host of independently-owned shops that supply all manner of quirky fare. And a fine selection of restaurants and pubs make eating out a real treat. Rye Castle Museum is situated on 2 sites, at the Ypres


Tower and at 3 East Street. Inside Ypres Tower you can see where murderer John Breads was held prisoner, where criminals were chained and the cells in which they were held. Visitors can also try on medieval helmets, feel the weight of medieval weapons and see the uniforms of the Cinque Ports Volunteers.


The popular summer destination of Camber Sands is


nearby, offering a huge - and very safe - expanse of white sandy beach and a large dune system to explore. Across the River Rother estuary lies Rye Harbour and


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isitors to Rye Bay can enjoy the very best of coast and countryside, while an extensive calendar of special events offers something for


its 805-acre nature reserve that stretches along the shoreline. There are many walking paths, including one that loops the entire reserve. Stretching 28 miles from Seabrook in Kent to Cliff End in East Sussex, the Royal Military Canal passes through Rye offering visitors opportunities for boating and fishing. The canal was originally designed as a defensive structure for keeping out invaders and is now a popular waterway. Walkers and cyclists share the towpath that runs alongside, enjoying the scenery and wildlife. There is an extensive calendar of events throughout


the year, and one of the most unusual is the Rye Bay Scallop Festival. You can sample Rye’s exquisite scallops cooked and prepared in a variety of ways by local restaurants. Events include scallop-cutting and scallop-cooking demonstrations, as well as scallop tasting evenings with musical entertainment. Other events include The Rye International Jazz


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