long man's walking guide to Sussex

A Compendium of Sussex Walks

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Camber Castle Walk

Camber Castle from the air

Camber Castle from the air

Camber Castle Walk (PDF, East Sussex County Council)

  • 3.5 miles
  • Mostly flat, can be wet after heavy rain
  • pubs, cafes and toilets in Rye
  • accessible by bus and train – extra walk to/from station

trainbuscup of teachurch castledisabled access sign

This short circular walk from the edge of Rye passes Camber Castle and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, and starts out by following the route of an old railway line. Camber Castle was built in 1539 by Henry VIII to defend the threat of being invaded by France and Spain, and is one of a series of forts along the south coast. The castle, once on the edge of the sea, is now two miles from the coast. It has taken around 500 years for the land to fill up with silt, and this has helped form the land that make up the nature reserve. Camber Castle is open to the public on the first Saturday of the month from July to September at 2pm for a guided tour. Admission £3 adults.

Disabled and Buggy Access: This route is possible with more robust wheelchairs and all-terrain buggies but is challenging. It is not a hard surface.

Walks near Amberley

Amberley Castle

Driveway (private) to Amberley Castle

Walks near Amberley (PDF – southdowns.gov.uk)

  • 2.5 miles, 1.5 to 2 hours
  • some stiles, can be boggy in wetter months
  • two pubs in Amberley
  • accessible by bus and train

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A short walk starting and finishing in Amberley, a chocolate box village with many old buildings, thatched cottages, a castle, a church, two pubs and a shop. There is also a working pottery. The walk is mainly flat and takes in Amberley Wild Brooks, a large area of flood meadows, one of the richest wetlands remaining in the UK.

Climping – Where Countryside Meets Coast

Climping Beach, Climping, West Sussex
Countryside Meets Coast Walk (AA)

  • 4 miles, 2 hours
  • mainly flat
  • Black Horse Inn near the start and hut style cafe at car park

cup of tea

A short circular walk, almost half of which is along one of the few stretches of unspoilt Sussex coastline. It starts from the beach car park at Climping, heading inland and across fields before heading back along the coast with its shingle and (at low tide) sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, a rarity in Sussex.