Rye is surround by stunning beaches and breath taking coastal walks. During the summer months it’s good to time your walks for either first thing in the morning or late evening when the beaches are less busy.
The Harbour Nature Reserve is a great all year-round option and can be tailored to be as long or short as needed. This circular walks around the reserve with stunning views, bird huts and a wonderful new nature centre. You can also choose to walk along the river from Rye to Camber, ending up in the dunes at Camber Sands, perfect for a lunchtime or evening picnic.
Camber Castle loop is also a great option but only during the winter months as during the spring and summer months there can a lot of sheep about.
Most the shops and cafes in Rye love dogs as it’s a very dog friendly town. One of our favourite stores is the beautiful Rae which was founded by Alexa & Eduardo (you can read our interview with them here). Rustic vintage homewares are at the heart of Rae, complemented with modern independent makers' collections. These brands are carefully selected with a focus on ethical and sustainability. The also serve a selection of delicious pastries and Allpress coffee.
Puckhaber Decorative Antiques and The Confit Pot are also dog friendly and great for antiques.
Eat and Drink
The Dungeness Fish Hut is perfect spot for lunch, where your dog can enjoy the beach while you enjoy the food. All the food is freshly-made and the fish is caught local using their own boats. The ethos of this venture is to sell their own fresh, local fish in a tasty unpretentious manner with a strong emphasis on sustainability and traceability. You certainly won't be concerned about the food miles clocked up!
The Standard Inn is one of the most loved and popular pubs in Rye. This is the perfect place to go after a winter seaside walk to enjoy a warm meal or afternoon drink with your pup by an open fire. You can enjoy some delicious seasonal cooking, using local produce.
The Ypres Castle and The Globe Inn Marsh are also great dog friendly pubs.
Places to Stay
If you’re looking to make it a weekend by the sea, why not look to stay at the dog friendly Cabü Cabins. Cabü by the Sea lies on a natural stretch of privately-owned grassland next to the seafront between Romney Marsh and the English Channel. This intimate retreat has immediate access to the beach with miles of coastline to explore. A variety of luxury accommodations are available, all built around a central Cabü House where guests can pick-up groceries, organise picnics or enquire with staff about local attractions.