There’s lots of good walking to be had around Rye, some of it straight from the door of Bee Cottage – two-thirds of East Sussex is covered by the High Weald and Sussex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the coast is a great place to walk, too.
The website for the High Weald AONB lists more than 50 local walks, from between one and 10+ miles. The most challenging is the High Weald Landscape Trail, a 145km/95mile walk in seven sections, from Horsham in West Sussex to Rye. You can walk just the last section, from Flackley Ash to Rye (7.1km/4.4miles), by catching a bus to the start and walking the route back.
Kent’s flat, atmospheric marshland is beautiful and otherworldly.
A walk around Hastings’ clifftop countryside, with a descent into the town itself via the cliff railway.
A short, easy walk around a lovely wooded valley.
Stroll the Royal Military Canal, with views over the fields and marshes.
Skirt around the gardens of Great Dixter and the pretty village of Northiam.
Rye’s neighbouring Cinque Port has an equally fascinating history.
Rye Harbour’s site includes a downloadable leaflet of three circular walks around the nature reserve, of between one and three hours.
Includes a 14-mile suggested walk from Hamstreet station to Rye (you can get the train to Hamstreet directly, and walk back).