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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 23rd May @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    Bring your old stuff and take someone else's away! Visit website to read rules please. Items to give away must ... more

  • Ideas for Floral Table Decor

    Saturday 23rd May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Many of you have asked for a short course so you can create simple, appealing table decorations for dinner parties, ... more

  • Coastal Plants at Rye Harbour

    Saturday 23rd May @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye Harbour

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

  • Mapp and Lucia's Rye Walk

    Saturday 23rd May @ 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

  • Rotary Walk and Treasure Hunt

    Sunday 24th May @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rotary Walk and Treasure Hunt - start at Phillips and Stubbs, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN. To enter contact ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Festival

    Sunday 24th May @ 12:30pm
    Location: Rye

    The Rye Ukulele Experiment plays host to Ukulele bands from Kent and Sussex. Each band will play followed by a ... more

  • Jempson's Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 25th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Hard-standing pitches from £5 (all sale of pitch proceeds donated to Rother Responders). Gates open at 7am, no need to ... more

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Monday 25th May @ 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

  • Children's Birdwatching

    Tuesday 26th May @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The pools are alive with thousands of nesting gulls, terns and waders. Come along to see if you can spot ... more

  • Creepy Crawlies

    Wednesday 27th May @ 1:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Go a-hunting with the warden, Chris, as he takes a closer look at the fascinating and bizarre world of insects ... more

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