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Sunday 26th August 2007
Rye harbour

We slept in late this morning and so we had to make a quick decision about what to do. The sun was beaming down, so we decided to take the 60 mile ride to Rye harbour and just see what happens. It was perfect riding weather and I went the whole way in a t-shirt. On the way we stopped at Etchingham church, which looks as if it has been saved from toppling in the nick of time by lots of ugly pinning and bracing.
Rye harbour nature reserve was very busy today due to it being bank holiday weekend and also because there was a carnival in Rye town. Instead of walking right round the reserve we went down to the beach and walked along the sands. The reserve is divided from neighbouring Camber Sands by the River Rother and when the tide goes out it leaves miles of flat sand and a very shallow sea.
We didn't see a lot of wildlife apart from: ringed plovers, yellow wagtails, linnets, oystercatchers, curlews and all manner of gulls.