As we are still in the deep of winter, with rainy days and freezing temperatures, it’s difficult to think of day trips and walking around in the English countryside. However, this is the best time to plan ahead and make a list of places we can visit for a weekend or a day trip using London as a starting point.
The first place I would recommend is a small town at the border between Kent and East Sussex. Rye is a Medieval town packed with quirky independent boutiques, lovely cafes and lots of history. Perched on top of a rocky outcrop, Rye is extremely walkable, with cobbled streets and plenty of country paths for visitors interested in longer walks.
The main church of St. Mary’s is located on the lovely Church Square and it’s home to the oldest functioning clock in England- dating from 1561. The streets surrounding the square, are lined with Tudor houses and often open up to stunning views of the countryside. The citadel is packed with antique stores and tasteful boutiques. Restaurants are of high quality, ranging from a Slow food Italian restaurant to the innovative British Landgate Bistro. Traditional pubs are abundant.
When you are all done with visiting the citadel and if you are up for a brisk walk, head south towards Rye Harbor- for a walk in the nature reserve, or head south east to reach Camber and its sandy beach.
How to get here? There are high speed trains every hour from St. Pancras to Ashford International- there you can catch the local train to Rye. Total time approx 50 min.
What to see:
Mermaid Street, a charming cobbled street lined by typical houses
St. Mary’s church and the view from the bell tower
The Land Gate: the old entryway into the city
Where to stay?
Plenty of options, from the luxurious George Hotel to the typical Jeake’s House on Mermaid Street, there is no shortage of accommodation in Rye.