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An quiet Kent village with wonderful countryside views

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The quiet village of Wittersham sits on the high ground between Tenterden and Rye, known as the Isle of Oxney.

In the Domesday Book it is mentioned as only one of four places in the Weald that had a church and at one time it was surrounded by sea water. The village was occupied by the Danes in AD892, who were able to spy on Alfred the Great’s army camped at Newenden, hence why the village sign depicts the image of a Viking longship.

Due to its location, Wittersham enjoys wonderful views over the Kent countryside towards Rye and Camber. Six miles from Wittersham, Camber Sands is a popular family holiday destination with seven miles of sandy beach and picturesque sand dunes. During winter, horse riders and dog walkers are welcome to enjoy the unspoilt beach, and during summer months water sports are available for all the family to enjoy.

Nearby Rye

The 13th century church of St John the Baptist is a local landmark, as well as the Stocks Mill which is a fine example of a post mill. Built in 1781 it is thought to have been moved from a previous location and is open to the public on Sunday afternoons in the summer.

Wittersham is situated within the unspoilt Wealden countryside that is very popular with ramblers. Combining the nearby Kent and Sussex Steam Railway with walking gives access to a variety of routes between two and six miles. There are several trails to choose from, making use of the light railway and the surrounding countryside, and each trail has a fact sheet with directions and local information. The walk from Wittersham Station is about six miles, with the train journey taking about 20 minutes, ending at Tenterden Station where you can reward yourself with refreshments from the station café. There is also a walk from Wittersham to Rye which is clearly signposted or you can download instructions. The walk takes you past rivers and streams, through rolling countryside to the picture perfect medieval town of Rye, perched high on a hilltop.

"Wittersham enjoys wonderful views over the Kent countryside towards Rye and Camber..."

It is easy to spend a day in Rye wandering round the pretty cobbled streets, visiting the castle, climbing the church tower for a panoramic view or relaxing in one of the many restaurants and cafes. You can even book a boat trip from Rye Harbour to explore the local coastline or walk around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. This small triangle of land is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for the many endangered plants and animals that can be found here. Experiencing the unique landscape can be a joy whatever the weather or the season.

Take a look at our collection of Wittersham cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there


The unspoilt ancient Cinque port of Rye is steeped in history, with famous literary connections and surrounded by stunning countryside.

Camber Sands

Seven miles of perfect sandy beach and dunes covered in Marram grass.

Kent and Sussex Railway Walks

6 walks in the surrounding area combining a short journey on the steam train and a walk with details of the local area, flora and fauna.

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