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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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  • Fairtrade Fortnight in Rye

    Saturday 7th March @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    There will be a stall within Jempson’s supermarket, Rye highlighting the Fairtrade goods that are stocked in the Rye store, ... more

  • The Vidler Family

    Tuesday 10th March @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Peter Ewart, a member of our Museum, returns to talk about his latest research, concentrating on the famous Vidler family, ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 12th March @ 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 Country Market

    Friday 13th March @ 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

  • Mainly Mozart

    Saturday 14th March @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Rye Bay Ensemble present - Mainly Mozart - An evening with Mr Mozart and his most famous opera arias, plus ... more

  • Flea and Collector's Market

    Sunday 15th March @ 9:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Flea and Collector's Market at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall. For further details contact 01797 230568. Proceeds in aid of Hall Funds. ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 19th March @ 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 Country Market

    Friday 20th March @ 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

  • Swap Shop

    Saturday 21st March @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    Swap Shop at Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye. All welcome - bring your unwanted items. ... more

  • Rye General Market

    Thursday 26th March @ 8:00am
    Location: Rye

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

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