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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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  • Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition

    Saturday 1st August for 31 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    This important Exhibition features works by over 40 members and those selected by public submission. The Society was established over ... more

  • Mapp and Lucia's Rye Walk

    Saturday 1st August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Take a guided walk round Rye, looking at the houses and places associated with the Mapp and Lucia novels, also ... more

  • Bobfest

    Saturday 1st August @ 4:00pm
    Location: Rye Foreign

    A free festival with the best of Bob Dylan being performed by top local artists.... also great beer and food! ... more

  • Rye Maritime Festival

    Sunday 2nd August @ 11:30am
    Location: Rye

    The fantastic Rye Maritime Festival at Strand Quay run by Rye Harbour Yacht Club. Lots going on this year Live ... more

  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 4th August @ 9:00am
    Location: Wittersham

    Post Office services, coffee shop and a wide range of produce stalls including vegetables, fresh bread bacon, sausages and cheese, ... more

  • Minibeasts

    Wednesday 5th August @ 1:30pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to find out about the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts. Approx 1 mile. Suitable for all ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 6th August @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Thursday Market runs "every" Thursday Winter and Summer - for all your Home Goods, Groceries, Fruit and Veg, Malpass ... more

  • Rye Creative Stitchers August Meeting

    Thursday 6th August @ 7:15pm
    Location: Rye

    A ribbonwork mini workshop with Shelley Cox at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN. Materials provided, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 7th August @ 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

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Saturday 8th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts more than 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only by Southampton and Norwich. Most of the cellars are ... more

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