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On Wednesday 18 July the Olympic torch leaves Hastings for Dover, passing through Rye, the best preserved medieval town in the UK.
This will be Day 61 of its journey towards the Olympic Stadium. Just nine days later, on 27 July, the cauldron will be lit at the opening ceremony, thereby signifying the start of the London Games.
When will it arrive in Rye? 09:45 Wednesday 18 July 2012
What’s happening in Rye? Celebrations of the torch’s arrival in Rye will be led by a parade of local school children through the town.
How to get here? To get to Rye it takes 1 hr 13 minutes from St Pancras International, via Ashford International
Did you know?
• The Torch will be on the road from 8am-8pm everyday
• 120 torch bearers will run with the Torch each day
• The Torch will travel 80-100 miles each day
8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, in the UK and worldwide. Imagine being one of these lucky proud torch bearers who will be running through Rye. Follow the links above to see their stories. Barry Mcdonald Age: 27 Hometown: Orpington Kent
Bazza West Age: 35 Hometown: Uckfield
Doug Evans Age: 55 Hometown: New Romney
Jackie Venn Age: 52 Hometown: Maidstone
Jessica-Rose Gould Age: 18 Hometown: Hawkhurst
• Lauren Gander Age: 12 Hometown: Bexhill On Sea
Marie-Anne Badel Age: 37 Hometown: Asnières-sur-Seine
• Shuna Body Age: 45 Hometown: Romney Marsh
Get active in and around Rye.
Rye London 2012 related events
A wealth of activities and challenges are on offer at Rye Sports Centre and Pool over the London 2012 Open Weekend, this year held on 23-24 July 2011.
Make the most of being part of a nationwide celebration and see how you can get fit and active!
For information on this event, see the link above.
Rye’s wonderful natural surroundings lend themselves perfectly to getting out and about. Rye Bay Nature Reserve is close by, popular with bird watchers and walkers. Camber Castle makes a great focal point to aim for. For more strenuous exercise, Camber Sands has the answer for kite buggying enthusiasts and a whole range of watersports can be enjoyed at Rye Watersports, including kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing.
Camber Sands are also a popular training ground for athletes who run through the largest sand dune system in East Sussex. You could, however, take a more leisurely stroll along this seven mile stretch of beach. Swimming in the sea or sea fishing doesn’t cost you a penny!
How about hiring a bicycle and exploring beyond the town of Rye? If you don’t mind a hill or two, you could head up to the simply stunning town of Winchelsea and visit the grave of Spike Milligan and the beautiful St Thomas’ Church. Or cycle out to Winchelsea Beach and take a breather while you watch the kite surfers there do battle with the waves.
Fan in a Van!
Also following the torch will be Rachel Kershaw, from Lancashire. She is the lucky winner of the ‘England’s Biggest Fan’ competition run by Visit England and is travelling the country for 70 days in a classic camper van. Rachel is sharing her adventures along the way and you can let her know why Rye is so fantastic in advance of her arrival. @faninavan
Olympic Torch relay route through Sussex
Tuesday 17 July - Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Copthorne, Felbridge, East Grinstead, Royal Tunbridge Wells (Kent), Crowborough, Lewes, Eastbourne, Pevensey Bay, Pevensey, Bexhill-on-Sea, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings
Wednesday 18 July - Hastings - Rye