Rae's Guide to Rye
Here's a little map to our favourite spots in this special area, as we get asked on almost a daily basis, we thought we would put together a mini guide.
We are based in Rye, an historic town on the South East Coast of the UK. We moved here in summer 2020 and have been exploring as much as possible while starting and growing our store, Rae.
This is not an extensive guide as there is far too much to this area to explore, from its vast history to the many walks and local independent businesses to discover, however this is a mini sign post to some special spots.
Where our store is based, is an historic town, perched high up on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside with views out to sea. Filled with picturesque cobbled winding streets, many independent shops and eateries. Highlights include the famous Mermaid Street, Church square and Ypres Castle, which has the best views of the estuary and out to sea from the town.
BEST FOR : pottering around at a slow pace, antique and interior shopping, pub drinks and historic buildings.
We love this area for the other wordly-ness to the landscape and buildings. Bleak and beautiful, head to the Dungeness nature reserve for a windy walk and the best crab tacos around, as well as Prospect Cottage to discover Derek Jarman's garden.
BEST FOR : Skandi cabin spotting alongside the local traditional fishing trade.
- Camber Sands
A very popular wide sweeping sandy beach with rolling sand dunes. Our tip is if you want the 'quieter' end or have a dog, head to the first car park and turn right onto the beach, for less crowds and views over to Fairlight cliffs.
BEST FOR : sandy dune epic beach walks and picnics in the summer.
- Rye Nature Reserve
One of our favourite spots to walk our dog Ruby, you can explore as much or as little as you feel up to. Circular walks around the reserve with stunning views, bird huts and a wonderful new nature centre. Mixing countryside with a beach walk, you can go further along to Winchelsea Beach and Pett Level if you really want to stretch your legs or have a cycle ride along the coast.
BEST FOR : nature walks along the coast with access for all with big skies and views.
- The Weald
The surrounding rolling hills wrapping around Rye are a contrast to flatness of Romy Marsh and the coastal areas. Lush in woodlands and vineyards, perfect to explore on foot or by bike from Rye. You can walk straight into them from town and escape into the folding countryside.
BEST FOR : tasting local English wines and ciders from the plentiful local vineyards surrounding Rye.
- Pett Level & Fairlight Cove
Our favourite swim spot all year round at high tide and a stunning beach to explore at low tide with rock pools and walks under the cliffs. We refer to this spot as our mini Malibu! Leading on from here, you can walk up into the stunning Fire Hills - from Fairlight to Hastings. Views from up here are epic on a clear day taking in from Dungeness to Pett Level and out across the English Channel to France.
BEST FOR : cliff top walks, stunning rugged views and finding hidden coves.