I wanted to see Rye for a long time, inspired by E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia and also the Malcom Saville books of my childhood. It’s a popular spot and can be difficult to park in during the day so I recommend getting there early and staying right in the town to make the most of the area.
Walk 1 To see the ‘quaint and cobbled’ Rye start your walk on the far Eastern end of the High Street, making your way towards the estuary, this will give you an opportunity to see the eateries and pubs which you might want to return to later. You will automatically join The Mint and you need to head north (turn left) until you reach the cobbled Mermaid Street and almost immediately turn right into Traders Passage, from here you will get an
overview of the quay and estuary which you can clamber down to from the steps at the end of the Passage. Alternatively circle the small square and head back eastwards along Watchbell Street.
You can then take the opportunity to go in the Watch Tower and St Mary’s Church. When you have had your fill take the turning called Pump Street and circle the church so that you end up going back on yourself westwards until you reach the former home of Henry James ~ Lamb House ………..
……………..and it’s from the next junction that you get a great view down Mermaid Street which no doubt you will want to amble down and then back up to sup at the ancient and well known Mermaid Inn . Take yourself down West Street and you will find yourself on familiar ground back on the High Street.
Walk 2 In complete contrast to the town walk, blow the cobwebs away with a coastal stretch. Cross the Quay via Wish Street and take the Winchelsea Road south which takes you right down into Rye Harbour, you then have a choice of signposted walks around the marshes.