Winchelsea Beach

Winchelsea Beach - East Sussex
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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


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog restrictions apply. there is a dog exercise area.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town



TN36 4NG

OS grid ref.

TQ 9176 1599


Free parking with disabled spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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