The area around Rye, Sussex
This view of the River Brede is from the Rye Harbour Road with the main part of Rye showing on the hill beyond.
Rye from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. We walked along a path starting close to where the Rye Harbour Road crosses the River Brede on our way to Camber Castle. This view is shortly after we started our walk.
Winchelsea, seen from Rye Harbour, is a bit like Rye in that it sits on a hill and was once beside the sea. The top of the large church can just be seen above the tops of the houses.
The current town is not the original; that was submerged by the sea during the 13th century. As the sea encroached the inhabitants built new houses on the hill and before the old town was covered they had moved into their new town. Finally, as happened with Rye, the sea receded and left them high and dry.
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Camber Castle was built close to the sea shore on the instructions of Henry VIII as part of the defences against possible invasion by France but 100 years later, in the mid 17th century, it was too far from the sea for its cannons to reach that far. It was then abandoned and eventually fell into ruin.
It is now owned by English Heritage and is open to the public on some days only so check before you go.
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