Many remarkable people found their identities on rivers: Cleopatra on the Nile; Lewis and Clark on the Missouri; Mark Twain on the Mississippi; Jeff Bezos on the Amazon. This is the story of my 600+ mile walk along the waterways of southern England in the summer of 2014, and the remarkable people I met along the way. It is best read in chronological order, so I recommend starting with the earliest posting in the Blog Archive list in the right margin.
Walk completed August 16, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
July 16, 2014 -- Day 31, Rye to Iden, 8 miles
lies on the edge of marshland, and several rivers converge at or near the town.
The River Brede (part of which I followed yesterday) empties into the marsh at
Winchelsea, about three miles south of Rye. The River Tillingham flows to Rye
from the west, and goes right past my hotel on its way to the River Rother. The
River Rother drains a watershed northwest of Rye, flows in to Rye from the
north, and empties into the sea southeast of Rye. In addition, a series of drainages
and canals crisscross the marshland to make it farmable. All of the rivers are
tidal in Rye.
River Tillingham at low tide
River Tillingham at high tide
guidebook describes a pleasant walk north of Rye through woods and pastures,
and across farm fields to the little village of Iden, and then a return to Rye via
the River Rother. The walk as described covers 7 miles. Connecting to and returning
from the trailhead added another mile, making a pleasant 8-mile walk, with a
light pack for my rest day.
of the trail were very much overgrown, and the scarcity of waymarkers made for
interesting navigation. Still, with no time pressure, the walk was a leisurely
stroll through the countryside, even allowing for a snack at the 17th
century pub in Iden. I may have even gotten a little too much sun – something I’ve
never said before about England.
Top to bottom: Drainage canal through pasture land; River Tillingham; Rye in upper left, River Tillingham in middle distance; Church in Iden.