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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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    Wednesday 12th December for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Red Door presents an exhibition from mother/daughter duo Linda and Lara Chapple. The exhibition focuses on the ways in which ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 14th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Rachel Allen at Jempson's, Peasmarsh

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    Location: Peasmarsh

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  • The Rye Christmas Show - Wurlitzer and Brass!

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Join us for a very special friendly evening of great live music, packed with your festive favourites. Featuring The Cranbrook ... more

  • Christmas Concert

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Christmas Concert with Michael Wooldrige playing the Rye Wurlitzer and special guests The Cranbrook Town Band. Tickets - Adults £10, ... more

  • Aled Jones and Choir

    Friday 14th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents a wonderful festive Christmas concert with the much loved and acclaimed singer, recording artist, radio broadcaster ... more

  • KT Tunstall Intimate Concert

    Saturday 15th December
    Location: Rye

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    Saturday 15th December
    Location: Rye

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  • Christmas Craft Fayre

    Sunday 16th December @ 11:00am
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

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  • Jose Feliciano Christmas Concert

    Sunday 16th December
    Location: Rye

    Rye Jazz Festival presents an incredibly unique and exceptional Christmas concert for one night only with one of world’s most ... more

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