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.

Dog Friendly Beach?

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

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 23 beaches in East Sussex, or check our list of East Sussex Dog Friendly Beaches.


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Place Category: Beaches

Winchelsea 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 2.4℃ to 5.2℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (E)
Wednesday, Feb 08clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.5℃ to 3.9℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (ENE)
Thursday, Feb 09partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.1℃ to 4.5℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 10partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 0.4℃ to 1.2℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, Feb 11cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.9℃ to 4.2℃ with wind speed 4.2 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 12cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3℃ to 3.4℃ with wind speed 1.1 m/sec (W)
Monday, Feb 13partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.8℃ to 7℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (SSE)

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

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