Rye and Camber Sands

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Hello there, it’s been a while…. Yes sorry about that, what can I say a combination of too much Summer fun, being laptop-less and laziness, but I am back and will be updating more regularly (I hope).

A couple of weeks ago I went for a relaxing weekend in Rye, East Sussex. I was taking someone on a special birthday trip and was looking for somewhere quaint and quintessentially English.  A friend of mine suggested Rye, I had never heard of it, but it fitted all of my criteria and after seeing pictures of it I knew it was the perfect place to go.

Rye lies on the edge of East Sussex and takes just one hour and twenty minutes to get to on the train from Brighton.  Rye is a very popular place, subsequently finding some where to stay for just one night proved tricky. I would find the perfect place and it would either be fully booked or have a two night minimum stay. In the end I managed to find the Old Borough Arms, a lovely B & B at the bottom of the famous Mermaid Street.  The room was modern, yet cozy and it was really warm and friendly with a super helpful owner. The mighty breakfast (muesli, yoghurt, fruit, cooked breakfast, juice, coffee, pastries) made the stay worthwhile, I would certainly stay here again.

The thing about Rye is it’s just great for wandering around; the streets are cobbled and the shops have beautiful displays.  We found loads of antique, book and record shops and made sure we had plenty of gin and tonic refreshment breaks as there are many nice pubs there.  One thing we wanted to do was visit a traditional tea room , as we said this we happened to pass the Cobbles tea room which fitted the bill perfectly. Cobbles is picture perfect, popular and friendly plus it serves the best hot chocolate and scones.

As we had our bikes with us we decided to cycle to Camber Sands, which is roughly 3 miles from Rye, I’d never been before, but the draw of a sandy beach in Sussex was enough to get me peddling. Camber Sands was a popular British seaside destination back in the day when more people used to holiday in England and is home to a holiday park, having had to have a rethink of it’s target audience it is now home to revival weekends. Not realizing this we were bemused why there were so many people on the beach in vintage clothes, we had certainly not dressed up for our walk through the dunes.   Along the beach there are a couple of beach cafes where you can refuel and  enjoy a drink or icecream before exploring more. There really is a certain charm to visiting the seaside out of season and due to a bike lock key issue we managed to catch the best sunset I have seen for a long time. All in all a great weekend trip.

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