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A Rainy Afternoon in Rye and Camber Sands

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Cobblestone in Rye


On an overcast Sunday afternoon we headed out to a part of Southeast England we hadn’t explored yet, Rye and Camber Sands in East Sussex county.
We thought the day would be rainy but decent enough so we brought our rain coats just in case. For the most part the town was dry or slightly drizzly, we walked the cobblestone streets, wandered through the Parish Church of St. Mary, towards the castle and below the ramparts where we looked at the cannons and over the River Rother. After we had walked a while we were ready to stop and have a drink but the weather thought it was a good time to try and blow us off a hillside. We escaped the wind just as the rain broke from the sky and ducked into The Ship Inn where we had a couple beers and some terrible coffee for Ross’s mom. It was a nice enough place to sit though so we waited out the weather and pondered the historic town and its charms.

Phone booth outside Borough Arms

Phone booth outside Borough Arms

Rye Road Cobblestone in Rye

Hucksteps Row, Rye

Hucksteps Row, Rye

Seagreen Car, Rye

Seagreen Car, Rye

The Mermaid, Rye Sussex

The Mermaid, Rye Sussex

Rye Church Trees

Door, Rye

Door, Rye

Rye Anchor

After we left Rye it was time to visit Camber Sands not far away. By the time we arrived the weather was a complete mess or wind, rain and cold but after the car was parked me and Ross climbed the hill to the beach to see if there was a reason to suffer longer. What was saw was impressive enough to withstand the pain a little longer and tell Ross’s mom she should have a look. The beach was filled with wind surfers in wet suits, suffering despite the weather, a truly dedicated bunch of people. One guy brought up his equipment to take to his car, shivering and red but had nonetheless enjoyed himself. It was an encouraging sight to say the least. We however didn’t have much reason to stick around a whole lot longer and got back in the car to head to The Bull (Ross’s sister’s pub) before heading home.
Despite the weather it was a great day to visit historic Rye and its holds true about “bad” weather, there are certainly less people and in my opinion that always makes for a better visit to any locale, and often makes for better photos.

Camber Sands

Camber Sands

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