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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 General Market

    Thursday 3rd September @ 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 September meeting

    Thursday 3rd September @ 7:15pm
    Location: Rye

    A talk on Baltimore applique quilts at Rye Baptist Church Hall, Cinque Ports Street, Rye TN31 7AN by tutor and ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 4th September @ 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

  • Autumn Migration Watch

    Saturday 5th September @ 9:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A walk around the salt marshes and beach to look for movements of seabirds, waders re-fuelling on the pools, and ... more

  • Tilling Green Car Boot Sale

    Saturday 5th September
    Location: Rye

    Boot fair (In aid of The New Tilling Green Community Centre). Booters can buy a pitch from £5 for cars ... more

  • Connected Threads

    Saturday 5th September for 21 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Three talented local textile artists - Heather Collins, Josephine Ho and Madeleine Day display their varied skills and techniques, creating ... more

  • Face The Front

    Saturday 5th September for 21 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Leading local artists - An exhibition of cutting edge contemporary art by artists living locally who have a national following. ... more

  • Margaret Barnard - Retrospecive

    Saturday 5th September for 21 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Rye artist Margaret Barnard is famed for her Art Deco lino prints. Also an accomplished painter, her work features in ... more

  • Under Winchelsea Medieval Cellar Tour

    Saturday 5th September @ 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

  • Annual Flower and Vegetable Show

    Saturday 5th September @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Annual Flower and Vegetable Show. Venue: Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye TM31 7LE. Entry open to all. Show Schedules ... more

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