Rye to Bodiam Castle

Rye to Bodiam Castle

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A 15 mile cycle route which takes you from the historic sea town of Rye to the magnificent Bodiam Castle. Cycling along country lanes and ‘B’ roads, the route has some rolling hills along the way but nothing too steep. You will find plenty of places for refreshments at Rye, Bodiam, Staplecross and you will also find some nice country pubs along the route.

The small town of Rye stands approximately 2 miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three rivers: the River Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. During its history its association with the sea has included being involved with smuggling gangs of the 18th and 19th centuries. Rye today is very much a tourist town and there are a number of hotels, restaurants, as well as other attractions, catering for the visitor.

Starting from Ferry Road at the centre of Rye cycle along Ferry Road away from the town centre and over the bridge which crosses the river estuary and takes you on to Udimore Road B2089. Cycle along Udimore Road for about 3 miles and then TURN RIGHT up Hundred Houses Lane and after about 500 yards the road changes its name to Ludley Hill just as you start to cycle up the hill. Near the top of the hill the road changes its name to Horseshoe Lane.

As you cycle along you will pass through a wooded area and about a quarter of a mile past the wooded area you come to a small cross road. GO STRAIGHT ahead keeping to Horseshoe Lane. Continue along Horseshoe Lane for about 500 yards where you come to a ‘T’ junction with the B2088. At the junction TURN LEFT along the B2088 for about 400 yards and as you pass the Rose and Crown Pub TURN LEFT down Clay Hill B2165 and follow the road for about three quarters of a mile where the B2165 meets with the A28. At the junction BEAR LEFT AND THEN AFTER 100 YARDS BEAR RIGHT keeping to the B2165 heading towards Staplecross.

Continue along the B2165 for a mile and three quarters to the village of Staplecross. At the centre of Staplecross the B2165 Bends sharply to the left, at this point TURN RIGHT through the centre of the village and cycle along the country lane for 1 mile until you reach the village of Bodiam with Bodiam Castle on the right hand side of the village.

The 14th century Bodiam Castle could not look more spectacular with its moat .It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War.

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