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Swallows and Amazons, and the Railway Children

Swallows and Amazons, and the Railway Children by Mark Weaver

Our base for the long bank holiday weekend was Prawles Oast Barn in Ewhurst Green, East Sussex, a lovely scandinavian style lodge with French doors leading out onto a lovely decked suntrap. The barn was light and airy with a timbered open-plan lounge/dining room and kitchen. There is one double bedroom with wooden beaming and a cosy twin bedroom  – perfect for the four of us!

Prawles Oast barn

Prawles Oast barn

After a lovely lazy Friday night which consisted of a yummy BBQ and lots of card games, we woke on Saturday morning fresh and ready to explore. Our first stop was the Bodiam Boating Station in the hamlet of Newenden across the River Rothe, a lovely family run business that links that Garden of England and 1066 country (for those of you from out of the area, that’s Kent and East Sussex, a beautiful part of southern England). The Boating Station café served great coffee and also rented out Kayaks and Rowing Boats. Our two small boys aged five and seven decided Kayaks were much cooler than rowing boats, so we hired out two and headed in the direction of Rye and the railway bridge.

River Rother, near the Bodiam Boating Station

River Rother, near the Bodiam Boating Station

The bridge is within easy reach and a very obliging, and rather lovely steam locomotive crossed as we rounded the bend. Nosing the Kayaks into the bank we found a perfect spot to picnic and swim.


If you find yourselves in this part of the world on a sunny day, this outing is a must. The Boating Station also offers kayaking lessons for children.

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