Things to do near Rye


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There are plenty of places to see around Rye. Start with the wild country around Dungeness and the Romney Marshes.
Then go for a trip to Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. These are my favourite gardens. I have been going to Sissinghurst since an early obsession with Harold Nicolson. I read most of his books and political diaries and wanted to be him living in an old castle although not with Vita Sackville-West. The gardens are superb – climb up the old tower to view them from above.

Great Dixter is the home of Christopher Lloyd who created the delightful gardens and wrote books and articles about gardens and cooking. One of my favourite books written by him combines growing vegetables with interesting ways of cooking and eating them. Just the thing for fans of the Ravenous Rambler! Its called the Gardener Cook and I have put in on my ebook shop if you would like to buy it.

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