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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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  • Recycle Swap Shop

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Recycle Swap Shop at Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye -Doors open at 09:30, if you have stuff to ... more

  • Autumn Wildlife Walk 22/9 at Rye Harbour Nature Re

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Join Barry for a two mile circular walk around part of this beautiful nature reserve looking at wildlife, history and ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Winchelsea

    Fascinating tours led by expert local guides,into some of Winchelsea’s original 13th Century cellars, which are normally closed to the ... more

  • Roland Penrose & the British Surrealists

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    An illustrated talk by Antony Penrose. After returning to London from Paris in 1936, Roland introduced Surrealism to an incredulous ... more

  • Craig Sams

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Go for Gold By Being Green Founder of Green & Black’s and Carbon Gold biochar, Craig Sams is actively engaged ... more

  • Rye Old Scholar's Associaton

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    A reunion for all those who attended Rye Grammar School, Rye County Secondary Modern School and the Thomas Peacocke School ... more

  • Dervish

    Saturday 22nd September
    Location: Rye

    Traditional Irish folk band Dervish celebrate their 29th anniversarywith a welcome return to Rye Arts Festival. A sublime combination of ... more

  • Rye Wheelers Cycle Ride (Annual Rotary)

    Sunday 23rd September
    Location: Rye

    Annual Rotary sponsored Rye Wheelers Cycle Ride - further details to follow. ... more

  • Walk with a Warden

    Sunday 23rd September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A guided walk with one of our experienced wardens. September is a good time to spot lots of birds as ... more

  • Shakespeare and Me

    Sunday 23rd September
    Location: Rye

    Martin Wimbush takes us on a personal journey, where he rediscovers the parts he’s played in Shakespeare and explores the ... more

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