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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 Country Market

    Friday 19th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Wild Boar Week

    Saturday 20th October for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Wild Boar Week - events in and around Rye - further details to follow. ... more

  • Matt Hardman - Tales of the Afterlife

    Saturday 20th October for 23 days
    Location: Rye

    A sellling show by Matt Hardman.Hardman’s visions of a world, just a degree or two away from the one you ... more

  • Rosetta Stone - Rye Castle Museum

    Saturday 20th October for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    On display at the Rye Castle Museum throughout October will be one of the best tributes to the status of ... more

  • Last of the Summer Swine

    Saturday 20th October
    Location: Rye

    Last of the Summer Swine - Wild Boar Gumbo with Smoked Sausage and Smoked Prawn, Garlic and Chilli Sourdough from ... more

  • An Introduction to Bird Ringing

    Saturday 20th October @ 2:30pm
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Part of the Friends Winter Talk series: Phil Jones has been involved in ringing and monitoring birds in various parts ... more

  • Guided Ghost Walks of Rye

    Saturday 20th October @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A unique opportunity to explore the ancient streets of Rye after dark. Hear tales of historical dark deeds and murder, ... more

  • The Disparate Folk

    Sunday 21st October @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Disparate Folk at the Ypres Castle Inn. ... more

  • Leaf Ghosts @ Rye Bookshop

    Monday 22nd October
    Location: Rye

    Come and make Leaf Ghosts with us – fun and spooooky activity! at Rye Bookshop, 25 High Street, Rye. Contact ... more

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Monday 22nd October @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Children (and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles …) certainly enjoy these afternoons when there are things to make and do. ... more

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