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Rye Bay

Rye Bay near Iden, East Sussex

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Rye Bay is nestled in the scenic county of East Sussex. Covering some 91 square kilometres of fantastic views, there is more than ample reason to visit Rye Bay.

Miles of unspoilt coastline adjoin Rye Bay (visit Camber Sands; the only sand dunes in the county for a proper Sussex sea-side day out!) but there is also some breathtakingly beautiful countryside to enjoy on a visit. Rye Bay’s expanse stretches into the High Weald, which has been awarded the prestigious title of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Rye Bay also has many points of historical interest (particularly regarding shipping and nautical affairs) and is home to many protected spaces, such as eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s, which have now been joined to form one enormous SSSI) dotted throughout the area that simply demand a visit. Rye Bay’s incredibly diverse topography means that is can support a whole host of interesting wildlife; for example, the Salt Marshes at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve are home to rare plant-life and nearby woodland in Winchelsea and Peasmarsh supports wild flowers, birds and also mammals such as Deer and Wild Boar.

Rye Bay's coastline has changed significantly and this history has left military defences such as the Napoleonic defences of Martello Towers, the Royal Military Canal and Henry VIII's Camber Castle.

The Rye Bay area boasts an impressive array of friendly pubs and restaurants, as well as brilliant independent shops; there are local bakeries and butchers scattered around in the area as well as art galleries, antique & jewellery shops and clothes boutiques. For those who prefer a more active trip, there is a wealth of excellent bridleways, cycle paths and walks.

Of course, a visit to Rye Bay wouldn’t be complete without sampling some locally caught fish; the area is particularly renowned for its exquisite scallops, which are celebrated at a weeklong festival in mid-February in the surrounding villages and towns.


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  • Sarah McQuaid

    Tuesday 26th September
    Location: Rye

    Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from ... more

  • 1066: Why does it matter?

    Wednesday 27th September
    Location: Rye

    Dr Marc Morris is an expert on medieval monarchy and aristocracy, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In ... more

  • Piano Recital

    Wednesday 27th September
    Location: Rye

    The pianist Daniel Grimwood is a performer of international renown, combining an exceptional talent, rare versatility and refinement with an ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellars Tour

    Thursday 28th September
    Location: Winchelsea

    There will be seven similar tours over the two weeks of the Festival. The tours are led by expert local ... more

  • Writers of Rye

    Thursday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    Helen Simonson, who grew up in Peasmarsh and went to school in Rye, introduces a screening of the recent TV ... more

  • Called to Account

    Thursday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    Waste is everywhere. Fighting this waste is the Public Accounts Committee, which oversees public expenditure of some £700 billion annually. ... more

  • Open Mic Night

    Thursday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    Open Mic Night at the Queen's Head Inn - Come and have your moment in the spotlight! Are you a ... more

  • Songs of Love and Romance

    Thursday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    And they said romance was dead…well, maybe not quite Sit back with soprano Sarah Dacey, mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick, tenor Greg ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 29th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 10th March - 15th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Lunchtime Song Recital

    Friday 29th September
    Location: Rye

    William Wallace (tenor) and Alisdair Kitchen (piano) Tenor William Wallace thrilled Rye audiences last year as Quint in Benjamin Britten’s ... more

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