Camber Sands

Camber Sands is a little unusual for a Sussex beach and the reason is in the name. Yes, sands! Unlike most beaches along the Sussex coast which are lined with pebbles and shingle held in place by a series of groynes, Camber Sands is covered in fine, golden sand. Not only that but Camber is home to the only sand dunes in East Sussex.

The best section of beach is the western end near where the River Rother empties into the sea. Here it is wall to wall sand whilst further along the beach becomes more shingley. It’s a big beach too, stretching nearly 5 miles east of the village. As the tide drops out it becomes even bigger with swathes of wet sand revealed - just the sort for making sandcastles!

Camber Sands is a popular windsurfing / kite-surfing spot which might suggest it is worth packing a windbreak. The beach is also regarded as one of the best places for beachcombing in the UK.

Despite its fantastic natural assets Camber Sands remains largely unspoilt. For the larger part of the year there is a good chance of finding some solitude here. Even in the height of summer the crowds are bearable even though it is within 2 hours of London.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed between May and September but must be on a lead and restricted between Zones F & H on the beach.

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Activities

  • Donkey rides
  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

  • Slipway

Nearest town

Rye

Postcode

TN31 7RT

OS grid ref.

TQ 9620 1859

Water quality

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Camber Sands Reviews

Bit strange

Mike
Jun 13th 2021

Bit strange that camber sands is listed online as one of the top ten dangerous beaches in the world due powerful riptides that are able to drag even the most advanced swimmers into deep waters ?
And there’s no mention of this anywhere here that I’ve seen so far ?

The best beach near London

May 26th 2021

It is by far the best sandy beach near London. So, very popular but luckily it is huge so there is space for all even on the hottest days. You really need a car to get there - it takes 5.5 hours by public transport, and don’t even THINK of talking the last train back (two carriages, making the London rush hour look like a walk in the park!). If you drive, get there early otherwise you can expect to park on the side of the road and walk 45 mins to the beach.

People moaning about the lack of “facilities” are mindless. It is a BEACH, and a beautiful one. Huge skies, and wonderful sunsets. Mother Nature did not see the need to construct a resort. Bring towels, umbrellas, suncream and a picnic. On a good day, you can almost forget that you are living on an overcrowded, gloomy little island full of whinging morons.

Best beach in SE England

Mar 25th 2021

One careless dog-owner doesn’t pick up his dog poo and another visitor gives probably the best beach in SE England a 1-star rating. Bizarre thinking.

The absence of “facilities” at Camber sands is to me and, I’m sure, many others one of its main attractions. It means it doesn’t get overrun by hordes of day-trippers every time ?the sun puts in a brief appearance during our English summers. We do sometimes have exceptionally hot days, of course, but who in their right mind travels to the coast on those days expecting solitude?

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Oct 09th 2020

best beach in england!!!

Curtis
Aug 10th 2020

Wouldn’t visit again during a heatwave as it was so busy the Coastal officer was Also rude. He refused to tell me where the toilets were saying it’s not his job to tell me while shrugging his shoulders.

Amazing time with the kids

Patricia
Aug 03rd 2020

The first time to visit the Camber Sands beach and I’m planning to go back at the end of the week. This heavenly beach on the coast is the cleanest and family-friendly beach I have ever visited. The tide is out most of the day which gives room for large puddles of water for the little one and large wet sand area for the kids to run around. The water is shallow for a long distance so no need to be an athletic swimmer to have fun. Give it a try you won’t regret.
To get a good spot for the car park must wake up quite early.

Jan 21st 2020

Amazing beach. Hours of fun for the kids.

Poor experience

Sep 15th 2019

Very disappointed with camber sands, virtually no public toilets they are only in the central zone of the beach if you walk along the prom towards the kite surfing area there are no toilets at all, with all the thousands of people that visit more toilets are needed, beach area was dirty we saw two big piles of dog poo near the waters edge with children playing in the sand within a few feet, the beach and surrounding area are characterless and run down, plus point full lifeguard cover for main beach when we visited in September on a sunday, all in all a very over rated place wouldn’t visit again

Our favourite Sussex beach !

Graham D. Goodall
Jul 13th 2019

We always visit Camber - just love the dunes !  So easy to get to as well from London.

Jul 11th 2019

many people will judge a beach by its facilities but the true wonder of a beach is its wilderness, so much of Britain is paved tarmac and shops the beach of camber is a place to get away from all that beautiful sand, sunsets and warm water (warmest in June/July).

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