I'm sure it will be no surprise to anyone that I have been on the Marsh again today. It's a beautiful day and the Marsh, as usual, called to me. Today I went to the extreme end of the Marsh, to Rye Harbour and Camber Castle. It was the castle first and I was surprised that here was no direct route to it. Parking on the Rye Harbour Road I followed the path along the River Brede for a while before turning towards the castle itself. Built for Henry the Eighth and subsequently not used because of the receding sea, I was surprised that there was so much of it left inside. Erosion was obvious and the outer layer of stone was completely gone in places. The place has an eathreal quality about it, standing nobly in the middle of nowhere and I liked the grandeur nature of the curved walls. It was a shame that it was closed to the public today because I would have loved to explore.
On leaving there I followed a path that ultimately led to a bird hide. It was quite surreal, one moment surrounded by dense vegetation and trees and yet on entry to the hide I was treated to a view that surprised and pleasured me. On the other side of the hide was, I'm guessing here, the extreme end of the Rye Nature Reserve. A large body of water dotted with vegetation that made it look like a myriad of islands creating interesting channels and waterways. I ate my lunch there and watched the abundant birdlife present. There was a lot of young birds there not yet fully fledged and parents guarded them aggressively. The peace of the place was wonderful too, with just the sounds of the birds and nature to listen to. It was one of the nicest places I've ever eaten lunch
Finally, I moved to the other end of the nature reserve and followed the path down the harbour before following a path at the opposite end of the reserve. Again, there were more waterways and larger bodies of water but this time the tide was out and the usual amount of water present was absent. So too the birds here, no advocets or curlews to be seen today, but the walk was rewarding and pleasant in the afternoon sun and there was that promise of tea and scones to look forward to next.
Happy Reading Steve