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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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  • Wittersham Community Market

    Tuesday 30th June @ 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

  • Duplicata

    Tuesday 30th June for 11 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    An exhibition of works by artist Nina Rodin highlighting the Symposium subject matter of Fakes and Forgeries will be on ... more

  • Symposium

    Tuesday 30th June @ 12:30pm
    Location: Rye

    An afternoon of talks and discussions around the theme of Fakes and Forgery. Among the speakers are - Nina Rodin ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 2nd July @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Antique & Collectable Sale

    Friday 3rd July @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    Antique & Collectable Sale - you can view our catalogue at www.ryeauctiongalleries.com of www.the-saleroom.com Venue: Rye Auction Galleries, Unit G36, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 3rd 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

  • Open Garden at The Old House

    Saturday 4th July @ noon
    Location: Rye

    A beautiful garden open in aid of local charity ARRCC. Teas, home made cakes, plants,entertainment, Entry £2.50. to include tea, ... more

  • Mapp and Lucia's Rye Walk

    Saturday 4th July @ 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

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Saturday 4th July @ 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

  • Rye Harbour's Special Flowers

    Sunday 5th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Take a closer look at the nature reserve’s plants, finding rarities like Marsh Helleborine, Least Lettuce, Stinking Hawksbeard and Sea ... more

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