Cooden Beach

Cooden Beach - East Sussex
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Cooden is your typical Sussex beach, so expect a long stretch of shingle divided up by wooden groynes and you won’t be disappointed. At low tide there are some sandy flats exposed.

This stretch of coast is popular with kite surfers and windsurfers. Whilst previously allowed, jet skis are currently prohibited from launching and landing at Cooden.

Getting to Cooden beach couldn’t be easier as there is a railway station practically on the beach. And for those arriving by car there is free parking on the beachfront.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach and dog bins are provided.

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  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point

Nearest town



TN39 3DJ

OS grid ref.

TQ 7134 0650

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Cooden Beach Reviews

Jun 10th 2020

Love this place there’s not much there but if you just want to relax on the beach it’s perfect for you and your pup

Exceptional hidden gem

Aug 21st 2020

A wonderful south coast shingle beach. Dog friendly for walkers. Low tide provides 2-3 hours of stay flats for walking and paddling. High tide provides a brilliant swim with yards until you are fully submerged.
Parking on the shingle by Herbrand Walk is easy and the cooden beach hotel offers fantastic seafood and pub fare for inside and outside dining.
Shhhhh don’t tell anyone about it…!

Best beach in SE

Gary Wright
Apr 24th 2021

Great place, never disappointing. Just perfect to walk, sit, swim, kayak and lie. I love this place and there’s never many people there. Park on the stretch of road closer to Norman’s bay.

Poor facilities

Jun 10th 2021

No parking. Look out for local new by laws. No overnight parking, double yellow lines on road, no jetskis allowed,  no facilities. B laws enforced with fines. Avoid.

Nov 16th 2019

Good for walking your dog

Don’t bother

Jun 09th 2021

No parking if it’s is a hot busy day. Gets overcrowded. Road gets clogged up.  No toilets or amenities close by (15 min walk to public toilets) and actually saw people “doing their business” on the beach between beach huts. Abhorrent!