On a hot and humid summer weekend in London why not do what all the New Yorkers do – get out of town.
Recently we took a two hour drive down to Rye, East Sussex, to escape the heat and cycle some of the cycle paths of the southern coasts. We drove out on the Friday night with our bikes on the car and stayed at a lovely B&B, the Willow Tree, with exposed beams and four poster beds.
Rye is a beautiful town with cobbled streets, loads of charm and Tudor buildings. There are plenty of antique shops to muse through and old pubs to relax in (with The Standard Inn being a particular favourite).
Our day cycling took us along the National Cycle Route 2 on a 30 mile loop. We passed through fields, a quaint church town called Lydd and down to the sea to the Dungeness Nature Reserve.
It’s got a stoney beach but it’s nice to relax and look out to France in nice weather.
We stopped the Pilot Inn for fish and chips which Katie proclaimed as the best she’d ever had – quite a statement!
The ride back was trickier against the sea wind but we took breaks to say hello to the sheep on Romney Marshes.
In the evening we ate at The George (make a res) who made some great plates from the local specialties – Romney Marsh lamb and that-morning-caught seafood. It’s got a good bar too.
On Sunday, with rain in the clouds and rather sore bums we decided against another day in the saddle and drove up to Bodiam Castle (GBP 9pp). A 14th century moated castle in fantastic condition.
You can climb the narrow staircases of the towers and contemplate Game of Thrones battles, enjoy great views over the country and there’s even a whodunit game for kids.
We’re looking forward to more trips to the coast to beat the city heat.
Until next time…