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

Shingle

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dog restrictions apply. there is a dog exercise area.

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Activities

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

Facilities

  • Disabled facilities

Nearest town

Rye

Postcode

TN36 4NG

OS grid ref.

TQ 9176 1599

Parking

Free parking with disabled spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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