Cycle off-road from Camber Sands to Bexhill

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The cycle path through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Camber Sands couldn’t be better placed for the cyclist.

The National Route 2 long distance path from Dover to Cornwall runs right through the village, and dedicated cycle paths going both east and west give you a great, off-road start to your journey.

The route described here diverges from the official Route 2 at a few points in order to keep as close to the sea as possible. 

Off-road cycling from Camber Sands to Bexhill

Distance: approx 20 miles

A good 80% of this route is off-road, taking in the Camber to Rye cycle path, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and the promenades of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill.

Indeed, once you reach the seafront in Hastings Old Town it’s all off-road from there, with a dedicted cycle path linking the western end of the prom at St Leonard’s with the eastern end of Bexhill’s.

The map gives you the outline of the route, below it are a detailed pointers to keep you on the right path.

Camber to Rye

Take the Route 2 cycle path from the western end of the village to the bridge that takes the A259 around Rye.

Follow this road for roughly half a mile until you see signs on the left for Rye Harbour.

Rye Harbour to Pett Level

The road to Rye Harbour has a cycle path most of the way.

Cycle through the village and follow the road first right then left and you reach the entrance to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. (Turn first left instead of right if you fancy a pub pit-stop).

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The William the Conqueror at Rye Harbour

Follow the tarmaced path alongside the River Rother until it meets the sea, and then swing right and follow the path as it runs west along the shore.

At the end of the reserve, the path joins the lane that heads on west to Pett Level, but you can with care cycle along the top of the seawall or on the shingle, which is impacted for this stretch by the shingle moving trucks that spend all winter taking excess gravel from the entrance to Rye Harbour and dumping it back at Cliff End.

Pett Level to Hastings Old Town

This is the only sustained on-road – and hilly – stretch of the route.

From the end of the sea wall at Pett Level, take the lane signposted to Fairlight. It’s mainly uphill for a couple of miles, and the road is suprisingly busy.

This lane takes you to the A259 as it begins its steep descent to Hastings Old Town. Turn left and go downhill until the road meets the sea.

Hastings to Bexhill

The Route 2 cycle path is clearly marked from here on the promenades of Hastings and St Leonard’s.

After that the dedicated route runs along the top of the beach, past beach huts through Bulverhythe and over two gentle hills into Bexhill.

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A spot of beach art at Bulverhythe (Spike Milligan is the central figure)

Now it’s promenade all the way through town.

If you are continuing west, Route 2 is there for you – all the way to St Austell.

Want to make a stay of it?

Dunescape, our Camber Sands beach house is perfectly placed for a luxury holiday combining beach, countryside, walks and cycle rides.

Dunescape is tucked behind the dunes, within 100yds of Camber Sands’ famous beach.

We are tucked in the western corner of Romney Marsh, within 3 miles of the historic town of Rye, and ideally placed for coastal, and country walks and cycling.