East of the estuary of the River Rother at Rye Bay, stretching as one vast expanse beyond the Kent border, Camber Sands is a popular beach just a short 3 mile drive from Rye. Boasting silky soft golden sand, and long breesy grasses, not only is it a very vast and beautiful beach, it is also the only sand dune system in East Sussex. Kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing are popular activities at this stunning location, and you can book lessons at Rye Watersports or The Kitesurf Center. You can check tide times before your visit on Magic Seaweed Here. Dogs ae welcome and there are facilities at the beach although they are very crowded at peak times. Out top Pick for beach treats is Tatners Kitchen, run by Chef Kyle Tatner who creates delicious gourmet dishes including scallops and his famous halloumi fries.
Winchelsea Beach is a seaside village in the parish of Icklesham in the Rother district of East Sussex, England. Winchelsea is a small, rural hidaway with a gently sloping beach is made up of shingle. Rye Bay Caravan Park is directly behind the beach and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve a short walk to the east. From the top of the sea wall there are views to the south-east towards Camber and the Dungeness headland. Looking west, on clear days it is possible to see the red cliffs at Fairlight.
St Mary's has been one of the most iconic features of the skyline for more than 900 years. Held under a Royal deed by the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy and an important member of the Cinque Ports Confederation, work on a church which befitted the powerful town began in the early 12th century. In 1377 the town was looted and set on fire by French invaders. The church was badly damaged and the bells carried off to France. The following year, men from Rye and Winchelsea sailed to Normandy, set fire to two towns and recovered much of the loot, including the church bells - one of which was subsequently hung in Watchbell Street, to give warning of any future attack. St Mary's is open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day, from 9.15am - 5.15pm in summer and 9.15am - 4.15pm in winter. The Tower, which is open every day (weather permitting) has become a popular place for marriage proposals!
The 'new' clock was installed in about 1561-2 and was made by the Huguenot Lewys Billiard. It is one of the oldest church turret clocks in the country still functioning. The pendulum, a much later addition, swings in the body of the church. The present exterior clockface and the original 'Quarter Boys' (so called because they strike the quarters but not the hours) were added in 1760. Today, if you wish, you can climb the church tower where you will see the 8 bells now hanging there. These are not the same bells that were stolen in 1377 as they were re-cast in 1775 and new bells added.