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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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What's On in Winchelsea Beach?

  • Spring Craft Fayre

    Sunday 25th March @ 11:00am
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Spring Craft Fayre featuring hand made crafts including knitted toys, jewellery, screen printed items, greetings cards, fudges and sweets, children’s ... more

  • Easter Egg Hunt

    Sunday 25th March @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Easter Egg Hunt At Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station. Easter Egg Hunt £2, Easter Bingo £1,Decorate Your Own Egg £2, Egg ... more

  • Building Design And Energy Efficiency

    Tuesday 27th March
    Location: Rye

    A talk by Dominic Manning. Presented by Rother Environmental Group. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Thursday 29th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

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

  • Salts Farm Book Group

    Thursday 29th March
    Location: East Guldeford

    Salts Farm Book Group meets on the last Thursday of the month in the cafe area of Salts Farm Shop. ... more

  • Book Launch at Rye Bookshop

    Saturday 31st March @ noon
    Location: Rye

    Chis O'donoghue will be signing copies of his new book 'Blood on the Shrine'. A 1950's detective novel set around ... more

  • Table Sale

    Saturday 31st March @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea Beach

    Tabel Sale at WBCA Community Hall Sea Road, Winchelsea Beach. ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 2nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Our first Charity Boot Fair for the season in aid of Rye Bonfire Society. Gates open at 7am and hard ... more

  • Elm Tree Boot Sale

    Monday 2nd April @ 9:00am
    Location: Icklesham

    Elm Tree Boot Sale Come along to us on the main road (A259) from Hastings to Rye - just outside ... more

  • The Great Eggcase Hunt

    Tuesday 3rd April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    The Great Eggcase Hunt - An Easter ‘egg’ hunt with a difference: looking for mermaids’ purses – the EGG cases ... more


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