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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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  • Walk with a Warden

    Sunday 31st July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Learn how to identify a variety of coastal birds as the breeding season draws to a close and migrants start ... more

  • Under Winchelsea cellar tours

    Sunday 31st July @ 2:00pm
    Location: Winchelsea

    Winchelsea boasts over 50 medieval cellars, a number rivalled only in Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. They were all built between ... more

  • Julie Edmonds at the King's Head

    Sunday 31st July @ 6:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Julie Edmonds playing at the King's Head, Rye Hill, Rye TN31 7NH ... more

  • Sound Beach

    Sunday 31st July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Sound Beach playing at Wipers. Please check website for updates as music listing may be subject to change. ... more

  • Collect and Create Seaside Mobiles

    Tuesday 2nd August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Collect natural materials on the beach such as shells, pebbles, sea glass and other treasures washed up by the sea ... more

  • Minibeasts

    Wednesday 3rd August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Bring the family to find out about the weird and wonderful world of minibeasts. Suitable for accompanied children of all ... more

  • Castle Water Safari

    Thursday 4th August @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye Harbour

    A guided walk for children and their parents around Castle Farm finding out about the wildlife and the history. We ... more

  • Summer Party

    Friday 5th August
    Location: Rye

    Summer Party for Rye Museum at the Ypres Tower. ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 5th August @ 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

  • Grand Monthly Jumble

    Saturday 6th August @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    Grand Jumble Sale in aid of ARRCC on the first Saturday of every month starting 7th May 2016. The Warehouse ... more

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