Camber Sands, Hastings, Rye camping

24th September 2016

Woohoo another camping trip, last of the year before it gets too cold. Loving the new spacious tent with living area, glad that my friend and I bought it. Perfect to tuck the little one up in bed and still have room in the warm and dry to relax for the evening.

The campsite was more of a caravan park so not the usual, family run feel we like but decent facilities and shops/bars. The fish and chip shop was even open after we finished putting the tent up, after 9pm. Good entertainment for the kids, swimming pool with slides, although a bit chilly, arcade area with small rides and shows put on by the entertainment staff. Betty was too shy to meet the rabbit puppet.

There are lots of sights in the Camber sands area, it’s on a lovely beach to start with. We had a nice morning wander watching the kite surfers and land kite thingys. We then had a day in Hastings, walking round the old town, taking the furnicular up for a view of the coast and climbing even further for see the old castle ruins built for William the Conqueror. We trudged deep into the hill to visit the smugglers caves, a fun interactive museum with a spooky past. It’s a bit dated with the mannequins in shadowy alcoves but fun nonetheless. We took some good wanted posters of us and did the Flash Gordon style hand in the mystery hole challenge. Betty decided she would become a pirate after this, in fact she would wear that patch every day if I didn’t keep hiding it.

The next day we took a very bracing walk in Dungeness, almost a waste land. But very picturesque and atmospheric. A music video was being recording while we were there. Betty was sick of walking so insisted on riding on my shoulders even though the wind was even stronger up there so she had to hold her hood round her head the whole time. Great whistling wind in the barren wilderness.

Dungeness

We continued to Rye for a fantastic roast dinner in The Mermaid Inn. A spectacular old pub with wood panelling and beams, it was 400 years old before Queen Elizabeth I visited! After a walk around the cobbled streets and independent shops we felt greedy so then went for a cream tea too. Found a quaint tea shop with mismatched furniture and random decor which had interestingly flavoured scones and jams.


Baby/toddler friendly info:

The campsite had good shower and toilet facilities for families. The club house had plenty of children’s entertainment and baby changing facilities.

The Smuggler’s Caves are down lots of steps but there is buggy parking at the entrance for visiting inside.

The funicular allows collapsed buggies on board.

The castle let you leave you buggy at the ticket office and they keep an eye on it.