Seven of the best villages near Rye, East Sussex
High on a hill, the old town of Rye boasts many listed buildings and looks out across Rye Harbour and the plains of Romney Marsh. Attractions include the Rye Potteries and timber framed smugglers' inns such as The Mermaid and The Olde Bell. The River Rother is still navigable to the sea and the old dock, which features a range of antiques shops, is popular with pleasure boats.
The Marshlink Line railway runs from Ashford in the east to Hastings in the west and passes through the town, with services to London St Pancras taking around 70 minutes. Ashford International Station is 22 minutes away, offering continental services to Paris, Brussels and Lille.
The villages surrounding the town are great locations for those wishing to enjoy the countryside and coastline of East Sussex.
Camber is a small coastal village on the famous Camber Sands, four miles southeast of Rye. Vast sand dunes dominate the area, which has been an important settlement since Henry VIII built Camber Castle. The village is home to holiday camps and caravan parks which support a range of shops in the holiday season. Visitors come here for the nearby Rye Golf Club.
Iden is a little village set in the wooded farmland of East Sussex three miles north of Rye. One of the oldest settlements in the area, Iden boasts a 12th Century church, village shop, the Bell Inn pub and village hall. Important buildings include Oxenbridge, a 15th Century manor house in the village,
Four miles north-west of Rye is the delightful village of Peasmarsh. This pretty village is set on rolling wooded hills and is served by a parish church and three public houses.
With a population of around 400 villagers, Udimore supports a range of local activities including a cricket club and busy village community hall. The Kings Head public house is popular with visitors to the area who come to walk the many public paths.
This lovely rural village is situated just north of the River Brede. Activities include a cricket club, farmers' market and steam engine society. Nearby Brede High Woods offer stunning scenery and a wealth of plant and tree species. Services for the 1,800 villagers include a village shop, butchers and The Rainbow Trout pub.
Beckley is a beautiful Sussex village six miles from Rye. This thriving community benefits from a Women's Institute, horticultural society, theatre group and bowls club.
With a population of around 300, this rural community was once a thriving medieval fishing village. The village has two well-respected pub restaurants, The Playden Oasts and Peace & Plenty.