The A268 begins in the historic cinque port of Rye in East Sussex leaving the rambling A259 at a mini roundabout. The sea receded from Rye many centuries ago, leaving this hilltop town of cobbled streets a mile upstream along the muddy River Rother.
Formerly signed 'Hawkhurst', which is now usurped by Tenterden (via the B2082), the A268 is basically the route for Tonbridge and London. Bridging one of only two remaining diesel railway lines in the provincial Southeast, the road climbs steeply through trees to Playden. Waving goodbye to the B2082, we head for Peasmarsh. The road begins to wind and there are no further straights of any significance until beyond the A28. We pass the unusual phenomenon of a large supermarket located out in the countryside and through the villages of Peasmarsh and Four Oaks/Beckley (exit B2088).
Upon reaching the A28, we TOTSO right and multiplex for around a mile, descending to the Rother Valley, crossing both the steam railway and the river (via a 'single file' bridge) into Kent. We pass the hamlet of Newenden with a nice view of its church and climb again to where the A28 exits right. By now, the A268 has found its feet and heads wide and straight for Sandhurst and on into Hawkhurst.
Hawkhurst is the archetypal Wealden small town, having an abundance of weather-board buildings. At the centre is a box junction with traffic lights, allowing the primary A229 to pass through. It is now only a matter of time before we reach the A21. It looks as though the A268 continues, but alas, straight ahead is the B2087 and Flimwell!