Winchelsea Beach is a small, rural resort, much quieter than many of the more developed resorts along this stretch of the south coast. It was first developed as a resort in the early 20th century.
The gently sloping beach is made up of shingle rather than sand, although when the tide is out a large area of level sand and mud is exposed.
From the top of the sea wall there are views to the south-east towards Camber Sands and the Dungeness headland. Looking west, on clear days it is possible to see the red cliffs at Fairlight - a view worth catching in early morning sunlight.
Behind the beach is the Rye Bay Caravan Park.
The ancient town of Winchelsea, about one and a half miles inland from Winchelsea Beach was once a busy harbour-part of the Cinque-Port alliance. The old town was destroyed by floods in the 13th century, and today the sea has receded some distance from the town.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve lies a short walk to the east of the beach.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
Dog restrictions apply. there is a dog exercise area.
- Wind surfing
- Disabled facilities
OS grid ref.
TQ 9176 1599
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