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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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  • Spotlight on Variety

    Thursday 18th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A Variety Night at The School Creative Centre supporting local talent. The School Creative Centre, New Road Rye, TN31 7LS. ... more

  • Bling Crosby Nights

    Thursday 18th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Music Nights at Simply Italian - three course menu, ticket entrance only. Venue: Simply Italian, The Strand, Rye,TN31 7DB. To ... more

  • Blues Brothers Tribute

    Friday 19th December @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Three course dinner and entertainment. £27.50 per person. Table of 4 receives the fourth person Free. Venue: River Haven Hotel, ... more

  • Black Sheep

    Friday 19th December @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Black Sheep at the Ypres Castle Inn, Gun Garden, Rye TN31 7HH. For further information 01797 223 248. ... more

  • Rye Arts and Crafts Fair

    Saturday 20th December @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    A stunning array of beautiful local arts and crafts created by local artisans and makers. A great event at any ... more

  • Street Entertainment in Rye

    Saturday 20th December @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    There will be street entertainment in Rye at various locations throughout the town. ... more

  • Christmas Market

    Saturday 20th December @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Christmas Market at Strand Quay, Rye TN31 7AY. ... more

  • Herald & Heart Christmas Experience

    Saturday 20th December @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Come and join the festivities at Herald & Heart. A Christmas shopping experience with mince pies and mulled wine. Venue: ... more

  • Messiah in Rye Parish Church

    Saturday 20th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Venue: St Mary's Church, Church Square, Rye, TN31 7HF. HANDEL Messiah with the Orchestra of St Paul's, The Syred Consort ... more

  • The Christmas Truce

    Saturday 20th December @ 7:00pm
    Location: Iden

    The Wall of Sound Singing Ensemble present 'The Christmas Truce'. Venue: All Saints' Church, Iden. On Christmas Eve, 1914 in ... more

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