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Winchelsea Beach

Winchelsea Beach in East Sussex

Leaving medieval Rye with its narrow streets and old worlde charm, a 3-mile westward drive finds a different world. The natives simply call it "The Beach", The village looks remarkably uninteresting from the road. However, what it does have to offer is a rare thing nowadays - a sense of space and freedom.

Winchelsea Beach is one of the few remaining comparatively undeveloped parts of the south coast. Just inland, between the coast road and the sea is this strange shingle landscape known as "The Ridges"-- pebbles and rough land with a straggle of 1930's bungalows spaced out along the unmade roads. The whole area is much valued by those who like fresh air - flocks of birds and open and empty spaces. The beach is peaceful and never crowded with shingle at high tide and level sand at the low.

When the tide is far out, there is a large, almost flat area - ideal for walking and shrimping.. Swimming is safe and best at high tide and Winchelsea has regularly received a Clean Beach Award. A wonderful 4-mile walk is to follow the sea wall eastwards- first stopping at the hides of the Bird Reserve, next following the River Rother towards Rye and then returning across the field tracks past Camber Castle.

The whole area provides a wonderfully refreshing escape from the fumes and fret of work and city life.

Text supplied with the kind permission of Jennifer Powrie.

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  • Marvellous Moths

    Wednesday 27th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to learn about the moths that fly around the reserve at night and look at the moths ... more

  • Camber Kite Week

    Wednesday 27th July for 5 days @ noon
    Location: Camber

    KITE WEEK 2016 27-31 July In the same idyllic location as last year, on a farm, surrounded by woods and ... more

  • Jazz Supper

    Thursday 28th July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Mardi Gras Jazz Band make a welcome return to The Mermaid for another great evening of swinging jazz that ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 29th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market sells local produce which includes: Cakes, Preserves, Savouries, Free Range Eggs, Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit, Unusual Plants, ... more

  • Slam

    Friday 29th July @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Slam playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 30th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

    The monthly outdoor club where children aged 6-11 can explore, play and learn in the woods with campfires, mud, dens ... more

  • Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition

    Saturday 30th July for 23 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Society of Artists 65th Summer Exhibition 2016 ... more

  • Rye Society of Artists

    Saturday 30th July for 23 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    The Rye Society of Artists is celebrating its 65th annual exhibition featuring original and affordable works for sale by its ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 30th July @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    David Hopkins takes you on a historical tour of Rye - Tudor boom, bust and plague, 18th century smuggling, the ... more

  • Rye Film Club presents John Izod's Misfortune

    Saturday 30th July
    Location: Rye

    If you had the good fortune to know John Izod you may not know that he starred in a 1988 ... more

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