Winchelsea Beach



Winchelsea Beach is mainly shingle/pebbles at high tide but as the sea goes out a very long way at low tide you get a large expanse of sand. You do need to be a little careful in that at low tide you have a lot of muddy patches.

This is a good all-round family beach that never gets crowded although in part due to there being no facilities. Swimming is safe and best at high tide and you also have Rye Harbour Nature Reserve a short walk to the east of the beach at the estuary of the River Rother.

Facilities include a small amount of parking on the road and an ice cream van if you are lucky.

Just behind the beach is an area known as “The Ridges”– pebbles and rough land with a straggle of 1930’s bungalows on unmade roads.

If you are looking for a sandy beach with more facilities then you need to pop east to Camber Sands or west towards Hastings.

Winchelsea Beach has dog restrictions. Winchelsea beach, dog restrictions apply to areas.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 3 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.


Winchelsea Beach 7 day weather forecast, weather in Rye, East Sussex

Expect a temp in the range 15.3℃ to 16℃ with wind speed 6.4 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, May 27
Expect a temp in the range 13.9℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 5.4 m/sec (W)
Saturday, May 28
Expect a temp in the range 9.8℃ to 11.3℃ with wind speed 5.1 m/sec (NNW)
Sunday, May 29
Expect a temp in the range 7.6℃ to 9.7℃ with wind speed 3 m/sec (N)
Monday, May 30
Expect a temp in the range 8.1℃ to 9℃ with wind speed 4.3 m/sec (NNW)
Tuesday, May 31
Expect a temp in the range 9.8℃ to 12℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (SSE)
Wednesday, Jun 01
Expect a temp in the range 11.6℃ to 13.3℃ with wind speed 1.2 m/sec (E)

Rye weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK


Winchelsea Beach tide times.

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