Camber Sands Beach (East Sussex)

  • Information

    Camber Sands beach is hidden behind dunes and is a popular family sandy beach, with picturesque dunes and interesting wildlife. Camber Sands is very popular as it offers golden sand and dunes rather than the more traditional Sussex pebble beach.

    The beach is divided into zoned areas (bathing, dog restricted, watersports), please check the beach signs.

    The dunes are formed from the sand that is blown inland which builds up around plants, debris and fences. A large section of the western end sits within the Camber Sands and Rye Saltings Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), while the rest is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance

    The marram grass that you see covering much of the dunes has a deep root system which helps to hold the sand in place. Traditional chestnut fences along the beach help sand to build up more quickly. The combination of plants and fences at Camber Sands prevent the dunes from moving and burying the village.

    Facilities at the beach include seasonal lifeguards, public telephone, toilets with disabled access, children’s play area, slipway, Coastal Control Office for lost children, first aid, cafe and deckchair hire.

    The village of Camber is very close to the beach and you have a selection of holiday parks to the east of the village. In Camber Village you have a selection of cafes, chip shops, general stores, a post office and a couple of pubs.

    There are three main car parks, Western car park on New Lydd Road, Central car park, and the car park on Old Lydd road. Both Western and Central also has large overflow car parks. Only Central has direct access to the beach. You have to tackle steep soft sandy paths over the dunes to reach the beach from the Western car park, making this unsuitable for those with prams, or wheelchairs.

    Camber Sands Beach has dog restrictions. You can bring your dog to Camber Sands although dogs are not permitted in zoned areas between 1 May and 30 September.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches around Rye, 23 beaches in East Sussex, or check our list of East Sussex Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • Beach Water Quality
    Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
    • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
    • Good: generally good water quality
    • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
    • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
  • Tides
  • 7 Day Weather Forecast

    Our weather forecast for Rye in East Sussex is split into two widgets. The first shows a timeline containing temperature, wind, sunrise/sunset and chance of rain, whilst the second shows the forecast for the week ahead including severe weather alerts when available.

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      The Kitesurf Centre

      Camber Castle

      Rye Castle Museum

      Lamb House

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  • What do others think ...

    1 Review on “Camber Sands Beach (East Sussex)”

    • Anonymous
      4 years ago

      A wonderful beach, come on in the water is warm!
      Camber is in one of the shallowest bays in Britain. The sun on the sand and shallow water makes it warmer than most British Coastal water. The high – low tide levels can be as much as six metres (vertically) so the beach is enormous at low tide. It’s long too and scenic.
      Camber is very busy for a few days of the year, when it’s hot and been forecast to be hot and a weekend in the summer. If you’re driving there on such a day arrive early or come around from the Lydd side as the traffic can back up for ages on the approach from Rye. From London M20 and then A2070 so long as there is no Operation Stack (check before you leave). We do the journey in 1h40m from Wandsworth without speeding, so it’s quite accessible.
      There is one ‘good’ restaurant (The Gallivant) and a few casual places to eat. I’d recommend The Rye Bay Cafe just behind the dune at F. There are letter markers on the beach so that families can find each other when it’s busy. For busy weekends, book something for the evenings. Rye is not far away with several good restaurants and the best milkshakes and hot chocolate in the country (Knoops). Rye is an historic and pretty village, well worth a visit – the same applies to Winchelsea a couple of miles further along.
      There is kite surfing and buggies on Broomwood Sands (next to Camber Sands, a short walk). Lessons and rental available for those that are feeling energetic. On the Camber Road, there is an inland lake with sailing and windsurf lessons. All good value and popular.

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