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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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  • Stop the Clocks - Joan Bakewell

    Wednesday 28th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Baroness Bakewell is still as busy as ever in her 82nd year, broadcasting on the radio and TV. In this ... more

  • The Italian Job - La Serenissima

    Wednesday 28th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    A fabulous evening of Italian baroque music from the English masters of the genre - La Serenissima. You will be ... more

  • Smugglers' Tales Supper

    Wednesday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    The Mermaid Inn in the 1730s and 1740s was a centre of activity for the infamous smugglers - "The Hawkhurst ... more

  • A Walk Around Historic Rye

    Thursday 29th September
    Location: Rye

    A walk around Rye, focusing on its medieval and Tudor heritage, is led by local historian and former Mayor of ... more

  • Murder in a Seaside Town - Thomas Mogford

    Thursday 29th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The author Thomas Mogford talks about his series of crime novels set around the Mediterranean basin all featuring his Gibraltarian ... more

  • Wihan String Quartet

    Thursday 29th September @ 7:30pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    A welcome return to the Rye Arts Festival by this Czech string quartet who specialise in the music written by ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 30th 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

  • Hand of Genius - Graham Short

    Friday 30th September @ 3:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A. talk by the micro-engraver who celebrated the 90th birthday of our monarch by creating the smallest portrait of Elizabeth ... more

  • Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers

    Friday 30th September @ 8:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A concert in two parts - singer/storyteller Rory McLeod does a solo first half and is then joined on stage ... more

  • Fabulous Red Diesel

    Friday 30th September @ 9:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Fabulous Red Diesel playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

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