Having lived in Camber all my life, and after years and years of having to use a cycle path which is far from ideal, the ‘Rye Ride’ has reopened with a freshly surfaced path all thanks to the generous benefactors at the Sustrans charity organisation. Despite this much needed renovation, I can’t help but focus on the parts that haven’t received the same love and attention, namely the section running through the sheep field located next to the Creative Centre.
This trail is necessary for anyone hoping to get from Rye to Camber (and vice-versa) by foot or bike and yet the state of it is genuinely abysmal.
Potholes pepper the pathway making manoeuvrability for bicycles a living nightmare, as cyclists are thrown about on their bike seats ad-nauseam. In extreme circumstances, the rough state of the road can cause punctures and injuries, which can and will greatly deter others from using the pathway.
Sheep, obviously, are present on the sheep field. More often than not, they’ll graze under the shade – unfortunately the shade covers a major part of the trail which means that individuals will have to venture out onto the grass… I’m being purposefully ambiguous but if you do have to step off of the path, I’ll offer one word of advice: don’t wear any white shoes.
Credit where credit’s due, the recent improvements are very welcomed, but it’s a shame that after all the effort and expense, these improvements are being overshadowed by the further works needed to finish the job.
Image Credits: Nezar Boufrahi .