Camber Sands & The Surrounding Area

The quiet haven Owlers Retreat located on Camber Sands is just a 15 minute off road bike ride from Rye with parking for two cars. It is a stones throw from the sea and minutes from the beautiful medieval town of Rye in East Sussex with regular bus services.

It offers the perfect base to explore a variety of diverse natural landscapes by boat, bicycle or on foot.  With endless water sports, a multitude of medieval castles, walking cycling and delectable cuisine there is something for everyone. This charming area of East Sussex plays host to extraordinary events and festivals drawing people from all over the world.

For great says out & things to do you cant’ do better than Camber Sands in East Sussex. Situated just outside the trendy coastal medieval town of Rye. It’s just a 20 minute off road cycle ride or a short drive away. Once at Camber you are rewarded with one of the best beaches in the UK. A stunning windswept soft golden sandy beach backed by dunes stretches for seven miles. At all times of year it’s fabulous for long walks.  With plenty of space for ball games and dog walking. Activities include kite surfing, surfing, horse-riding and golf.

Cycle paths from Camber Sands

Off road flat Cycle paths take you east towards Dungeness and west towards Rye and beyond to the beautiful salt marshes of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Camber itself has various habitats such as shingle, salt-marsh, sand dunes and saline lagoons making it a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Rye is a lovely walk or short drive away

Nearby Rye is an interesting historical harbour town with an array of boutique shops, Rye deli and delicious eateries. The George in Rye, Webbes at The Fish Café and the up cycled Globe Inn Marsh a personal favourite! Check out the award winning Kino Digital Cinema in Rye.

Dungeness and slightly further afield

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway for 88 years this delightful scaled down railway has been an integral part of the Romney Marsh landscape. It’s world famous one-third full size Steam & Diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve and one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world. There are 4 stations in between, all within walking distance of a beach.

At Dungeness you can stop to appreciate the late film-maker Derek Jarmans low-key and poetic garden with driftwood sculpture and the hardiest local wild plants in front of his black clapboard cottage in the shadow of the power station.

Tenterden and a little further

A trip on the Kent and East Sussex Railway is another great day out! It travels between Tenterden in the Kentish Weald and the 600-year-old Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. The Tenterden station is also home to a railway museum.

Hastings

The cosmopolitan town of Hastings has a strong local arts community and the award winning Jerwood Gallery. Independent shops selling art and antiques, upmarket homewares, flowers and artisan bread line the cobbled streets of the old town. The iconic tall black net huts of the town’s working fishing fleet can be found at the Stade. For the best views of Old Town, take one of the two old funiculars: West Hill, topped by the ruins of the old castle erected by William I after his victory at the Battle of Hastings; or East Hill, the start of a three-mile stretch of lovely coastline that makes up Hastings County Park.

Children will love the miniature railway along the sea front, the Blue Reef Aquarium and Smugglers Adventure.

Samphire Hoe Nature Reserve was created using 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl during the construction of the Channel Tunnel. The 30 hectare coastal country park has something for everyone: a stunning location, wild flowers, birds, sea angling and ice creams for the children.

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