Grid Reference: TQ876140(OS Map)
OS Map: Explorer 125 Romney Marsh
Distance: 8 miles
Time: 3-4 hours
Terrain: Some steep climbs.
Information Available: East Sussex Countryside Management Service - Rye Bay Office (01797 226488)
Directions/Transport: 1. From the quiet rural village of Pett, the walk strikes off across farmland towards Fairlight. The route meanders across fields with livestock, past quietly running streams and through coppiced woodland. The views are magnificent across a valley out to sea, and it seems as though little has changed in the landscape for hundreds of years. In springtime the copses are a mass of bluebells, a sure sign of ancient woodland.
2. At Fairlight the path turns back through Knowle Wood and Fairlight Village, along the clifftops to Cliff End where you can walk down to the Beach. This is a place steeped in history. Tales of shipwrecks and smugglers are plentiful, and with some careful searching you can even find traces of dinosaur footprints! (They appear as a three-toed, clover shaped cast). Stone Age people once lived in a forest which is now the beach. As the sea level rose, the forest became submerged, but at low tide you can still see evidence of 5000 year-old branches, roots and trunks emerging from the sand.
3. Once you have finished exploring the beach the path will take you inland again, through rolling farmland, before climbing out of the valley back to Pett. Here you can reward yourself by sampling the ale made at Pett's own brewery.
Bus Information: 346, Hastings - Pett, 1127, 1327 & 1710hrs, Mon-Sat344, Hastings to Rye via Fairlight, 2 hourly service, Mon-Sat. Phone traveline for further information 0870 6082 608
Train Information: Rye or Hastings on Ashford to Hastings line with hourly service Mon-Sat & SunFor further information phone 08457 484950
Car Park Information: 2 - Fairlight and Cliff End
Guide: Maritime Heritage Trail - pack of 4 circular walks between Hastings and Rye. £1.50.
Waymarking: Metal Maritime Heritage Trail (orange) waymarking disc
Services: Refreshments at Pett, toilets at Fairlight and Cliff End. Shop at Cliff End.
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