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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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  • Jazz at The Mermaid

    Thursday 26th May @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This month the highly popular jazz concert series will star Sarah-Jane Hassell and Duncan Lamont. Stunning songstress and star of ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 27th May @ 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

  • The Rockitmen

    Friday 27th May @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    The Rockitmen playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

  • Wild Woodland Weekend Club

    Saturday 28th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Beckley

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

  • Coastal Plants

    Saturday 28th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Find out how the shingle and saltmarsh plants cope with their harsh environment. We will also see some coastal birds. ... more

  • Rye Artisan and Craft Fair

    Saturday 28th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Craft fair selling quality handmade and unique gifts from local designer makers, in East Sussex and Kent. All items sold ... more

  • Walk and Talk - A Guided Tour

    Saturday 28th May @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Superhero Sports Day

    Saturday 28th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Refreshments - Bar - Cafe - Cakes - Tombola - Raffle - Face Painting - Fancy Dress Competition - Tug ... more

  • Phil Trainor

    Sunday 29th May @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Phil Trainor playing at the Wipers. Check website for any updates or changes. ... more

  • Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 30th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Jempson’s are delighted to be hosting a number of charity Boot Fairs again this year in our Peasmarsh car park, ... more

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