The Horse & Cart Inn

Peasmarsh

There is not a lot in little Peasmarsh but there is a nice 15 min walk up to the old Norman Church from behind the pub (www.achurchnearyou.com/peasmarsh-st-peter-st-paul1).

For kids there is a small playground, recreation ground and a skate park just off Main street (turn left onto Main Street and first right).

Jempson's supermarket is along Main Street/A268 towards Beckley (turn left onto Main Street). Please note that it is not open on Sundays.

Rye

The ancient town of Rye is only 3 miles away and there is lots to do and see there. www.visitryebay.com/guide and www.ryeguide.co.uk/placestovisit-list.htm are useful. www.ryeheritage.co.uk has details of guided tours of the ancient town of Rye, approx 1.5 hours.

Rye Castle Museum and the Ypres Tower are interesting to visit. Or maybe climb the tower of St Mary's church in the middle of town to see the view (www.ryeparishchurch.org.uk/history.htm) There are lots of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. There are also banks, a library and a train station. The trains run towards Ashford to connect to London and also to Hastings (www.southernrailway.com).

Rye Harbour is technically a separate village but that's the place to go if you like spotting seabirds or seals (www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/ryeharbour). It's also a great place for a (dog) walk and there is lots of free parking. There is also a very pleasant walk to Camber Castle along public footpaths (www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/camber-castle Open for guided tours on the 1st Saturday of the month only).

Others

We think Camber Sands is the best beach in the UK (though maybe we are a bit biased). It has miles of sandy beach and great dunes. You should definitely check it out in summer and winter. Great for dogs (keep to the near end in summer) and children. There is also Rye Water Sports (www.ryewatersports.co.uk) and the Kitesurf Centre at the far end of Camber (www.thekitesurfcentre.com) for those who want to keep active.

Winchelsea has some famous old cellars dating from 1290 which are worth a visit (winchelseacellars.com/tours).

Romney Marsh has 14 Medieval churches, Martello towers, Lade listening mirrors, several museums and the Royal Military canal (www.theromneymarsh.net).

Quirky Dungeness (www.dungeness.org.uk/about) has a lighthouse you can climb, Prospect Cottage, a Nuclear Power Station (you can visit by appointment we are told), and a terminus for RH & D light railway (www.rhdr.org.uk). The coastal shingle deposits of the Dungerness National Nature Reserve (www.dungeness-nnr.co.uk) including the RSPB Reserve and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve form part of a series of wetlands of international importance. The wide range of habitats supports a diversity of bird species and other wildlife throughout the seasons. Bird watching tours available (www.plovers.co.uk).

Bodiam is famous for it's castle which is beautiful and interesting (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodiam-castle). You can paddle there or join a river cruise (www.bodiamboatingstation.co.uk).

Tenterden is not far and that has lots of history. Places of interest include the Kent & East Sussex Steam Railway (www.kesr.org.uk) and Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry renowned Victorian actress (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhythe-place).

Hastings is a classic English seaside town. The pier has recently been rebuilt (www.hastingspier.org.uk) and they've done an excellent job! The Old Town is great for an amble, there are children's playgrounds, crazy golf and arcades. It has two old Victorian cliff lifts open in the summer (www.visit1066country.com/things-to-do/attractions/cliff-railways-p411571). You can visit the castle, Smugglers Adventure and the aquarium (www.discoverhastings.co.uk).

Useful sites include www.famouslyhastings.com and www.Visit1066Country.com.

The area is probably most famous for the Battle Of Hastings in 1066 which actually took place in Battle. You can visit Battle Abbey and the Battlefield (www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield).

Other local attractions include Pevensey Castle (www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pevensey-castle).

If you like gardens there are plenty to choose from including Great Dixter House and Gardens (www.greatdixter.co.uk)

Pashley Manor Gardens in Ticehurst (www.pashleymanorgardens.com) and Sissinghurst Castle Garden (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden).

There are local vineyards in Smallhythe (www.chapeldown.com), Biddenden (www.biddendenvineyards.com) and Westfield (www.carr-taylor.co.uk).

How to get here

By train
London - Ashford International - Rye (takes 1hr 20 mins if you plan it right!)
Brighton to Rye (90 mins)
Hastings to Rye (18 mins)

By bus (Monday - Saturday)
Service 313 Rye Harbour - Rye - Northiam
Service 342 Hastings - Broad Oak - Udimore - Rye
Buses operated by Renown www.renowngroup.co.uk 01424 210744 www.plusbus.info