England self guided walking holiday in Ancient Rye

“A restorative short break, with two full walks in the peaceful countryside around Rye and Romney Marsh, and a luxurious hotel, too.”


Self guided walking | town tour of Rye | two full day walks | Rye harbour and Romney Marsh | Camber Castle | River Tillingham | Royal Military Canal | Winchelsea | personalised itinerary | recommendations for lunch and dinner | detailed route directions | marked-up Ordnance Survey map | commentary notes on features of interest along the way | details of places to visit | nature guide to help identify common species

Description of England self guided walking holiday in Ancient Rye

This self guided walking holiday in ancient Rye is based in hilltop Rye, which has a rich history as an ‘Antient Town’ of the famous Cinque Ports. Today, it’s celebrated for its cobbled winding streets and its particularly fine 16th century timber fronted houses. It has inspired many writers and artists who have made Rye their home. Medieval Rye is beautifully situated and surrounded by tranquil countryside. The walks you experience here embody peace and quiet, light and space and the biggest skies imaginable. There are extensive views across reclaimed marshes to the sea as well as historical features such as Camber Castle, once visited by Henry VIII.

Enjoy two days of relaxed walking in and around ancient Rye, soaking up the peace, quiet, pure sea air and an isolated beauty that inspired artists such as Van Dyke, Turner, Paul Nash and John Piper. Visit Lamb House, once home to Henry James, later to EF Benson, famed for Mapp and Lucia comedies. The routes are suitable for anyone of average fitness, able to walk 5-6 miles on easy terrain for up to four hours with a break for lunch. You can build in optional additional breaks for reading commentaries along the way. Spend some time exploring Rye's medieval streets, too, discovering its art galleries, antique and craft shops.

Your base is The George, a luxurious 4-star hotel in the heart of Rye, a former 16th century coaching inn. Alternatively, we can arrange B&B accommodation if you prefer.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: England self guided walking holiday in Ancient Rye


Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. On this walking break, guests walk straight from the hotel on both days. We aim to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local rural economy. We accommodate our walkers in a small local hotel, inn or B&B, all family run and central to the life of the town. They employ local people and prepare meals from locally grown produce as far as possible.

In our small home office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We keep our customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.


We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In choosing to lunch at local inns and restaurants we are patronising establishments employing staff from the local rural community.

Over the years we bring repeat business to local businesses. In Rye, we encourage guests to visit its important historical buildings such as the castle, museum, Lamb's House, as well as the local visitor centre. Bringing people to a new region, arranging their accommodation and food, transporting them from place to place, walking the ancient footpaths, visiting their pubs and restaurants and teaching through carefully-researched commentaries something about the area’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place. People often return on their own or with friends, visit the same pubs and renew their sense of being at one with the beautiful local countryside.

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