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Camber Sands: things to do and guide to visiting

By: Author Suzanne Jones

Posted on Last updated: 7 May 2024

Camber Sands: things to do and guide to visiting

If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air… then you need to visit the beautiful beach and rolling dunes of Camber Sands in East Sussex.

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But it’s not all about dunes and the glorious sandy beach. There are plenty of things to do in Camber Sands including a range of watersports, activities and attractions nearby. From beach days and coastal walks, to nature reserves, castles, cultural attractions and adventure activities. There’s something at Camber for everyone of all ages to enjoy.

Camber Sands is one of the best beaches in Sussex. I’ve lived nearby for years so this guide comes from one who knows the area well. After you’ve read about the best things to do in Camber Sands, scroll to the end of this article for useful information that’ll help you make the most of your visit. Parking in Camber Sands is challenging so you’ll need to know about all the options before you visit. 

So, grab your beach bag, pack a picnic and get ready to explore this stunning stretch of Sussex coast.

But first… 

Where is Camber Sands?

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Camber Sands beach is located in East Sussex on the south coast close to the Kent border to the East and ending at the estuary of the river Rother to the West. It sits 4.5 miles South East of the charming town of Rye. 

As you head west from Camber Sands you’ll come to the villages of Winchelsea, Pett Level, Fairlight and the town of Hastings in East Sussex.

Head east and you’ll find Dungeness nature reserve, Lydd and the Romney marshes which are all in Kent. Camber Sands sit east of the ancient town of Rye.

Things to do in Camber Sands

Whether you’re looking for a day at the beach or a week’s holiday that the whole family will enjoy, Camber Sands has something special in store. This guide shares all the best things to do in Camber Sands, East Sussex, what to do in the local area, further afield plus all the practical information you’ll need to visit.

Hit Camber Sands Beach

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The best thing to do in Camber Sands is to spend time on its miles of soft golden sand. Camber Sands beach stretches for almost five miles of unspoiled sand, backed by dunes and with stunning views out to sea. Camber Sands is known for being one of the only sandy beaches in East Sussex. 

Other Sussex beaches like Eastbourne , Brighton and Hastings are pebble or shingle beaches where sand only appears when the tide is at its very lowest. At Camber during high tide there’s always miles of sand and at low tide it gets even better with swathes of damp sand perfect for sandcastles. 

Camber Sands is also home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex. They’re beautifully unspoilt and provide a natural habitat for wildlife and plants with over 250 diferent species of plants and animals found on the dunes.

 The rolling dunes offer perfect picnic spots and shelter from the breeze. No BBQs are allowed in the dunes.

Camber Sands beach, East Sussex

Camber Sands Beach Activities

Swimming and paddling : Camber Sands is great for a paddle or a swim in the sea in summer months when the weather’s calm. Scroll to the section at the end for information on tides, lifeguards and flag systems.

Kite flying :  All those miles of sandy beach are perfect for kite-flying and when it’s breezy the conditions are perfect for teaching the kids to fly a kite. Just don’t let go.

Beachcombing : Look for treasure buried in the sand or shells, seaweed, driftwood and seaglass washed up on the shore. If you’re lucky you might find jewellery or a coin. If you have younger children you might want to create a treasure hunt list for them to collect.

Picnic in the dunes : The dunes are a perfect spot for spreading your picnic blanket and eating al fresco in the sunshine. If it’s breezy the long grasses will offer shelter.

Sunset strolls : My favourite thing to do at Camber Sands is a sunset stroll before heading over to the Gallivant for a sundowner or a bite to eat.

Kite Surfing and watersports at Camber Sands

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If you’re looking for more of an adrenaline hit then Camber Sands can be very windy with favourable wind conditions making it one of the best kitesurfing spots in the South East. 

Camber Sands has a designated area for extreme sports. There’s a kiting zone with kite launches which you’ll find at the far eastern end of the beach next to Broomhill Sands free car park.

The  Kitesurf Centre  is based at Broomhill Sands and offers lessons and equipment hire for kite-surfing, kite buggying, kite landboarding, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding. 

There are two other licenced kite schools in Camber Sands;  Rye Watersports  which is near the entrance at the western end on Camber Road and  Camber Kitesurfing  in the village of Camber.

Between them all they offer all kinds of water sports activities including paddle boarding, power kiting, land boarding, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, fly-boarding, and jet skiing. This popular location for watersports is enough to keep the adrenaline buzz going for days! 

Go on a RIB seal safari

A RIB tour is so much fun so take a high speed adventure on a  1 hour Rye Bay Sea Safari trip . The RIB tour zips 8-miles along the coast, past the village of Winchelsea and Fairlight Cliffs with a stop at Seal bay to watch the shiny black seals swim and frolick in the water. After 20-minutes you’ll head back to Rye Harbour.

Other RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tours are available which you can check out at  Full Throttle Boat Charters .

Take a stroll around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve  is a beautiful spot which runs alongside the river Rother and covers 1150 acres.  The reserve is a great place for bird watching and walking with miles of paths and trails. The site is a Special Protection Area for birds with over 280 different species recorded many of which are endangered.

Stroll past lagoons, areas of wetland, salt marshes and freshwater gravel-pits. There are hides for wildlife watching and plenty of flora to see. The new Rye Harbour Discovery Centre is worth a visit and a dog-friendly cafe is also on site.

Keep and eye open for ‘Little Red’ the Rye Harbour hut which has been an iconic sight since 1904. 

Note: You can’t cross the river Rother from the beach to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. You’ll need to head inland to Rye Harbour where you can cross. This  map of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve  shows all the trails and points of special interest.

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Go for a bike ride

Head a little further afield on an e-bike ride. E-Bikes are available to hire from  Rye Bay E-Bikes  located on Harbour Road up by Rye Harbour. The family run business offer guided or self-guided tours which include Winchelsea Beach, Pett Level and village, Lydd and Romney March. They also run wine tours to nearby vineyards so you can sample some excellent Sussex wine.

Harbour Cycles  also offer bike hire from Rye Harbour Marine near the Lifeboat station. Take a bike ride around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, see the Martello Tower and stop by Camber castle. 

Visit Camber Castle

Camber Castle near Rye, East Sussex

Pay a visit to Henry VIII’s historic castle which sits within Rye Harbour Nature Reserve between Rye and Winchelsea. The castle was built in 1539 as an artillery fort to protect the town of Rye from invasion by France. At the time the castle sat on the shore but by 1627 silting meant the castle became landlocked and redundant.

Camber Castle can be viewed any time from the outside from where you’ll be appreciate its unusual shape. The castle is part of English Heritage and the interior is only open for guided tours between August and October on the first Sat of the month.

Meet at the castle for tours which start promptly at 14:00 hrs. However, you can see pretty much all there is to see by peering through the gates from the outside so unless you’re particularly interested in a tour you can visit any time.

Camber Castle is only accessible by foot from the designated paths. The walk is around 1-mile long so if you’re interested in the castle tour you’ll need to factor in the walk. See  map . 

Guided tour is £3 for adults and free for children. Entry is free for English Heritage members. If you are visiting other English Heritage properties in the area then annual membership will save you some money.  Click here to join .

Camber Sands movie locations

The beach of Camber Sands is a popular filming location. We’ve been down there to find part of the beach closed off and an aircraft wreckage in the middle of the sand. 

Camber has doubled for the Sahara Desert, Dunkirk and was the location for The Monuments Men, the Invisible Woman and the Inbetweeners. George Clooney, Matt Damon and Michael Caine have been spotted whilst filming in Camber.

Discover Rye

Mermaid Street, Rye

The nearest town to Camber is Rye which is around 4-miles away. Rye is absolutely enchanting and you should definitely make time to visit. Like stepping back into old England you’ll find pretty cobbled streets, ancient gateways, historic houses and the incredibly pretty Mermaid Street home of the infamous Mermaid Inn. 

You could easily spend a whole weekend in Rye so check out our post  Tips for visiting Rye  and take your pick from ancient inns, independent shops, museums, National Trust properties, antique shops and views from the church tower. The cafe, tea-room and restaurant scene is great too.

Read more  What to see and do in charming Rye

Sample some Sussex wines

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Just outside Winchelsea to the west and around 8-miles from Camber Sands is  Charles Palmer Vineyard  set in the gorgeous East Sussex countryside. Head to this lovely vineyard for wine tastings or a cheese and wine experience.

For a full day experience  Vine and Country wine tours  will pick you up from Rye station and take you on a wine tour of two vineyards with a fabulous lunch.

So, now you know the best things to do in Camber Sands you’ll need some practical information on how to get there, parking and where to to eat and stay.

​Things to do further afield

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex

Bodiam Castle, a fairytale moated castle, is a 30-minute drive from Camber Sands

A visit to Hastings Old Town makes a fund day with plenty to do for adults and kids alike and is 35-minutes drive or take the train from Rye.

The town of Battle is a 35-minute drive away. The main attraction is Battle Abbey but the pretty market town is worth a wander too. Read more about how to plan a visit to Battle Abbey in Battle.

A visit to the weirdly fascinating landscape of Dungerness which is less than 10-miles from Camber. Drive or cycle.

How to get to Camber Sands

Camber Sands is a popular destination due to its easy accessibility from anywhere in the south east. It’s just over an hour’s drive from London and easily reached within two hours by public transport. 

The beach at Camber Sands is accessed via Camber Road, which can be reached via the A259 near Rye. If you’re travelling from the north or the east, the M20 and A2070 is the fastest route. From Brighton or the west take the A27 then A259.

It’s worth noting that on hot sunny days during summer season and peak times, like school holidays, many people head to this popular Sussex beach and you could be spending a lot of time in a hot car. Take plenty of water.  Rother District Council will close the roads into Camber and turn cars away if the car parks reach capacity.

Parking at Camber Sands

If you’re heading for a day at Camber Sands by car then you need to  read this . Parking at Camber Sands during sunny summer days and school holidays is challenging to say the least. If you arrive after 9am you’ll be lucky to find a parking space.

There is no free parking and no on-road parking in Camber Sands. Bollards are placed along New Lydd Road with warnings of £60 fines. 

As you arrive from the west into Camber Road a privately owned field offers parking for £10 per day. You’ll need to arrive early to bag a place here. This is the best it gets.

There are three Rother District Council owned car parks at various points along the back of the sand dunes and all three are payable. They include Western car par, Camber Central and Old Lydd Road.

**Rother District Council have seen sense and scrapped the £30 parking charge that was brought in for 2023.

Parking Charges at Camber Sands 2024

Camber central car, old lydd road and western car park charges.

RingGo is available in all car parks if you don’t have cash. RingGo Codes: 15617, 15619 & 15620

Times: 0800-1900

Summer 1 April – 30 October

Winter 1 October – 31 March

You’ll need to walk up and over fairly steep sandy paths to access the beach from this car park which is fine if you’re fit and able but if you have a pushchair, kids and loads of bags it will be a challenge.

Western entrance to Camber Sands, East Sussex

The closest train station to Camber Sands is in Rye. High-speed trains run from London St Pancras to Ashford International with a journey time of 38 minutes. A further train to Rye takes 21 minutes. If travelling from Brighton or the west change at Hastings for Rye.

A regular bus service runs from Rye train station to Camber Sands. Look for stop B just outside the station – the bus runs every 60 minutes at two-minutes past the hour.

From Rye station you could walk or cycle along  National Cycle Network Route 2 from Rye to Camber Sands.  It’s 3.5 miles to the beach and will take around an hour to walk.

*** Bearing in mind the parking challenges at Camber Sands I’d recommend you arrive by train and take a bus or taxi from the train station.

Beach safety at Camber Sands

Take care when the wind is strong and be aware of tidal changes, riptides and currents. Check tide times on the  Met Office website . There are also sandbanks at Camber and one step can take you unexpectedly into deep water. RNLI lifeguards will operate on Camber Sands  Central beach  from 10am – 6pm from Good Friday to Easter Monday. The service will then cover weekends and bank holidays from April 29 to 21 May, then daily from 27 May – 30 September.

Red and yellow flags mark where the lifeguards patrol, which is the safest part of the beach so you should swim only between these flags. Black and white checked flags mean it’s an area for watersports like kite surfing so it’s not for swimming. An orange windsock means offshore winds so inflatables should not be used. A red flag indicates danger and indicates no swimming.

You’ll find information signs on the access points to the beach which cover safety hazards and other useful beach information. It’s worth a look over or take a picture on your phone for reference.

RNLI lifeguards will operate on Camber Sands  Central beach  from 10am – 6pm from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Weekends and bank holidays are covered from April 29 to 21 May, then it’s daily from 27 May – 30 September.

Camber Sands beaches operate a wristband system to help locate and reunite lost children .   Pick up wristbands at the coastal office or from the beach patrol. 

It can get windy at Camber Sands and the breeze blows up the top layer of dry sand. Take wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes. A wind breaker on the beach is also a good idea if it’s breezy.

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Facilities at Camber Sands

There are public toilets in the main car parks near to the beach with a decent number of cubicles and an accessible toilet which are regularly cleaned. I used the toilets in Western car park on my last visit and they were acceptably clean at 8pm after a busy day which had been warm and sunny. There are outside taps for rinsing off sandy feet.

There are plenty of shops, cafes and some restaurants in Camber village.

Is Camber Sands Dog Friendly?

During the winter months, dogs are allowed along the entire stretch of the beach. Between May and September dogs are allowed but must be on a lead and are restricted to particular zones on the beach. There are clear signs to show where you are allowed with your pooch.  Check  this map  for dog friendly zones at Camber Sands.

Are BBQs allowed at Camber Sands?

Disposable barbecues are not allowed at Camber Sands. 

Gas-powered BBQs on legs that are raised above the sand are permitted on the Western side of the beach. They must be removed and taken home with you. It is illegal to barbecue in the sand dunes in any way, as it poses a serious safety risk. 

If you are a group of 10 or more people permission is required from Rother District Council at least four weeks in advance. 

Where to eat in Camber Sands

There’s a variety of good pubs and restaurants in or near to Camber Sands. Here are some of the best places to eat in and around Camber Sands:

The Gallivant, Camber Sands, East Sussex

  • The Gallivant. A good modern British menu with fresh local produce and beautifully presented dishes. Just a step away from the dunes.
  • The Owl. (Owlers Beach Grill) Where the locals go to eat on Old Lydd Road in Camber. Excellent, imaginative food as well as the usual fish and chips – all using locally sourced ingredients.
  • The Standard Inn, Rye. Delicious seasonal cooking in the relaxed atmosphere of a 15th century pub, complete with ancient beams.
  • The Globe Inn Marsh, Rye. Another favourite Rye pub serving good quality food in a quirky setting.

Places to stay in Camber Sands

If you want to spend more time in Camber exploring nearby towns and attractions here are some great places to stay:

The Gallivant, Camber. A stylish and relaxed hotel a mere flip and a flop away from the dunes in Camber. 

Owlers Retreat, Camber. A beach themed self-catering 3-bed lodge with outdoor terrace and private parking 

Cardborough Cottages, Rye  – delightful self-catering cottages with parking a 20-minute walk from Rye. We’ve stayed here a few times. More about the cottages in our Rye article .

The Standard Inn, Rye , – Read our review of  a stay at the Standard Inn , Rye.  

Looking for something different? Check rates and availability in  Camber Sands  and  Rye .

I hope you’ve found our guide to Camber Sands useful, it makes for a lovely day out at the beach with lots to do nearby. If you have any questions about visiting just drop us a line or comment below and we’ll be happy to help.

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Visiting Camber Sands – ultimate guide & 10 amazing things to do

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Camber Sands is a beautiful beach in East Sussex, famed for its soft golden sand that stretches for mile after mile. I may be biased, as it’s the most local beach to where I live, but Camber Sands is one of my all-time favourite beaches in the UK.

Most beaches along this section of the South Coast of England have pebbles or shingles, while Camber Sands is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex.

It’s a natural habitat for various wildlife and plants, remaining wonderfully unspoilt. When the tide is low, there are remarkably wide open stretches of sandy beach, as far as the eye can see.

Due to the size of the beach (sprawling for 7 miles in total!), I love that you can still find a relatively quiet spot even on the busiest summer days.

The most popular section of the beach is the western end, located at the mouth of the River Rother. Sand starts to transition into shingle further along towards the east.

Due to its size and natural beauty, I’m not surprised that Camber Sands has been a filming location for numerous films and TV programmes.

These include Dunkirk, The Longest Day, The Monuments Men, The Invisible Woman, The Inbetweeners, and Doctor Who.

In this guide to visiting Camber Sands, I share everything you need to know about this beautiful area of the UK . From how to get there and where to park, plus my personal recommendations of the best things to do and places to stay.

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Where is Camber Sands?

Camber Sands is located in East Sussex on the South Coast of England.

It’s close to the border with Kent and the neighbouring village of Camber. The closest town is the pretty and popular Rye.

How to get to Camber Sands

Camber Sands is easily accessible from anywhere in the South East of England. It’s located under two hours from London, which I think makes it a great day trip for anyone looking to escape the Big Smoke.

The beach is reached via Camber Road, which can be accessed via the A259 near Rye.

If you’re travelling from the north or the east, the M20 is the best route. From the west, it’s the A27.

The closest train station to Camber Sands is in Rye. Trains to Rye travel from Ashford International or Hastings.

If travelling from London, take a train from London St Pancras and change at Ashford.

Once in Rye, there are regular buses which run between Rye train station and Camber Sands. They take around 10-20 minutes depending on traffic.

Or, if you have the time and appropriate footwear then it’s a three mile walk and should take around an hour.

I’ve done this walk myself, but not out of choice as there was an accident so the road was closed – all I can say is, I would not recommend doing the walk in flip-flops!

Camber Sands Day Trip

Facilities and other information

Parking in camber sands.

There are three paid car parks in Camber, all pay and display. They include Camber Central, Old Lydd Road, and Western Car Park. RingGo is available in all car parks if you don’t have cash.

Note that in 2023, parking charges for Central & Old Lydd Road increased significantly .

From 1st April to 30th September, there is a flat fee of £30 for the day – or £15 if arriving after 3pm.

This change has been met with much controversy and I understand why! Good to be aware, as you may wish to find alternative parking or method of transport.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there are toilets in the main car park closest to the beach. There are a good number of cubicles, as well as an accessible toilet.

They are regularly cleaned, but bear in mind that they are public toilets on a beach, so I find that they can get a little messy.

Is Camber Sands dog-friendly?

During the winter months, dogs are allowed to roam free along the entire stretch of the beach.

Between May and September, there are some restrictions in place. Dogs must be kept on a lead and within restricted areas. Watch out for the signs indicating where your furry friends are allowed.

Are there lifeguards?

There have previously been lifeguards in temporary operation at Camber Sands, but they are not fixed.

So extra care is needed. There is a beach patrol but this is not the same as having a lifeguard.

There are a couple of safety precautions to be aware of. Firstly, be careful of sandbanks under the water, as these can result in sudden increases in water depth. Also be wary of riptides.

Are barbecues allowed on the beach?

Disposable barbecues are not permitted at Camber Sands. Gas-powered barbecues which are raised off the sand are allowed, but only on the Western side of the beach.

If there are over 10 people in the group, then permission is required from Rother District Council at least four weeks in advance.

It is illegal to barbecue in the sand dunes, as it poses a serious safety risk. 

Things to do in Camber Sands

I love that Camber Sands is a great place to enjoy some thrilling water sports.

Check tide times before visiting so you can get the best use of the beach on your trip. I’d recommend using the website Magic Seaweed for this.

1. Kitesurfing & other watersports

Camber Sands is very windy, making it perfect for adrenaline-pumping kitesurfing. It is generally considered to be one of the best places to go kitesurfing in the South of England.

The Kitesurf Centre offers lessons, equipment hire, repair, and a shop. For an alternative, Rye Watersports also provides kitesurfing lessons.

Camber Sands Aerial

Other thrill-seeking water sports and beach activities available at Camber Sands include paddle boarding, power kiting, land boarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, fly-boarding, and jet skiing.

Top tip: Wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sandy wind.

2. Go swimming

Camber Sands is a good spot for a paddle or a swim in the sea. If the wind isn’t too strong, take an inflatable with you and relax on the rolling waves (trust me, it’s bliss!).

It is generally safe to swim at Camber Sands, but be wary of fast-rising tides at the beach.

Also be careful of the sandbanks which can take the water from waist-deep to shoulder-deep within one step – especially when you’re short like me!

I’d advise familiarising yourself with the flag system, so you know when and where it is safe to swim.

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3. Take a RIB Tour

One of my favourite things to do in Camber Sands is to feel the wind in my hair with a RIB tour of the area. A RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) is a powerful inflatable boat, which is lightweight, durable, and fast.

Bounce along the water at high speed while taking in the sights of Camber and its surrounding area.

I’d recommend checking out Full Throttle Boat Charters for RIB tours at Camber Sands.

4. Beachcombing

Camber Sands is one of the best places for beachcombing in the UK. It’s a popular activity with kids, as they can enjoy the challenge of uncovering hidden gems beneath the sand.

Whether it’s collecting shells, or even discovering a hidden message in a bottle!

5. Picnic on the beach

What better way to relax on a hot summer’s day in England than with a beach picnic. Although windy, it’s possible to find a more sheltered spot among the grassy sand dunes.

Camber Sands Picnic

Bring your own hamper of snacks or indulge in some fish and chips from the beach cafe. A chilled bottle of wine is optional but highly recommended if you ask me!

6. Go cycling

For something a little more active, I’d recommend exploring the roads surrounding Romney Marsh by bike. The Sustrans Coastal Cycle Path is a good route for family bike rides.

You can also hire electric Fat Bikes from Ebike Hire for something a little more fun. Fat bikes will allow you to explore the coast and nature reserve by two wheels.

7. Go walking

With its soft sand and rolling waves, I think that simply taking a stroll along the beach at Camber Sands is immensely invigorating.

It’s especially special at sunset, when the golden light reflects off the water and creates a magical orange hue all around.

There are also a number of marked coastal and country walks around the area.

8. Visit Camber Castle

Camber Castle is located between Rye and Winchelsea. It’s a historic castle that was built by Henry VIII to defend the port of Rye, and is now managed by English Heritage.

Only ruins of the castle remain, but you can still take a guided tour of the interior during summer months. The castle is only accessible on foot, situated a one-mile walk from Rye.

9. Wander Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

I’d advise taking some time to meander around the beautiful Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Its varied landscapes include woodlands, salt marshes, meadows, lagoons, sands, and wetlands.

The reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife and is a Special Protection Area for birds. It is therefore particularly popular with birdwatchers and keen photographers.

There are also some unique military fortifications in the area, adding another dimension of interest.

The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a great place to go walking, with a number of trails to explore. Plus, I’m pleased to say that it’s dog-friendly so you can bring your four-legged friend along with you.

10. Explore Rye

You cannot visit Camber Sands without taking some time to explore the beautiful town of Rye. I adore this town and could easily spend a whole day exploring and relaxing here.

Rye

Wander the pretty sloping cobbled streets, including the highly Instagrammable Mermaid Street.

Explore the many independent shops and boutiques, then I’d recommend stopping for a break in one of the quaint tea shops.

Restaurants and pubs in Camber Sands

There are plenty of fantastic restaurants and pubs to try within the area. Here are my favourite places to eat in and around Camber Sands:

The Gallivant

Award-winning fine dining with a modern British menu. Enjoy fresh local produce and beautifully presented dishes. It’s in an ideal location, right by the grassy sand dunes.

A welcoming establishment located on Old Lydd Road in Camber. It is a traditional dog-friendly pub using locally sourced ingredients.

The Ship Inn

A family-friendly pub and dining room in Rye. It is a great spot for some fresh fish and chips in a laid back atmosphere.

Places to stay in Camber Sands

If a day trip isn’t quite enough to explore this beautiful area, then I’d definitely recommend staying for a night or two.

Nearby towns include Rye, Hastings, Winchelsea, Dungeness, and Pett. Here is my pick of the best places to stay in and around Camber Sands:

Mermaid Inn

Steeped in history, the Mermaid Inn is unique establishment dates back to the 12th century. Rebuilt in 1420, believe me when I say that it feels like a time capsule with its sloping floors and four poster beds.

For a touch of boutique luxury, book into The Gallivant for a memorable stay. Charm, style and quirky details meet excellent hospitality here, and some of the rooms are dog-friendly too.

The George is a gorgeously presented boutique hotel in the centre of Rye. The building dates from 1575 and even features an original Georgian ballroom.

Beach Lodge

Beach Lodge is a modern self-catering property in Camber Sands Holiday Park. Situated just 100 metres from the beach, it is popular for its exceptional location.

Find hotels in Camber Sands and Rye .

Camber Sands is a truly unique part of England that feels like a slice of the Caribbean – albeit not quite as warm! I think it’s a must for your UK bucket list and definitely one for the warmer summer months.

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10 things to do at Camber Sands [2024]

Camber Sands is a highly popular and absolutely stunning beach in East Sussex famed for its golden sand dune system, as most of the beaches in this area are shingle or pebble.

It is also a huge beach ranging over seven miles meaning there is plenty of space for everyone and you never feel overcrowded even on a busy summer’s day. With all of this in mind, I thought today I would share my eight favourite things to do in and around Camber Sands as there is plenty to explore both on and off the beach!

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10 things to do at Camber Sands

Visit famous film sites.

actually, this activity is definitely unique to Camber Sands BUT it has actually been the site of lots of different TV and Film scenes! So, why not spend a morning walking around spotting all the different sights that appeared on screen! You can see where Dunkirk was filmed, stand where Doctor Who stood, and many others including The Longest Day, Afterlife, The Theory of Everything and The Inbetweeners. It’s the perfect activity for any film or tv buffs!

Try windsurfing and water sports

Camber Sands is the perfect spot to try out and hire some water sports equipment with the conditions here perfect for wind sports! If you’ve ever fancied yourself windsurfing this might be the perfect opportunity! There are plenty of hire places nearby, but I recommend Rye Watersports just down the road from the beach, they offer lessons in all major water sports as well as the opportunity to hire a range of equipment for you to try out.

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Explore Rye

If you need a break from the sand and sea, I recommend checking out the beautiful town of Rye. Here you can walk down the cobbled streets taking in the medieval architecture and checking out a wide range of independent shops! This town has an exciting past filled with smugglers, secret passageways, and adventure- it’s well worth a visit!

Check out the local fauna and flora

Just down the coast from the main beach is Rye Harbour Nature Reserve one of the largest wildlife sites in England and home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals, 300 of which are either rare or endangered! This makes it the perfect spot for a bit of wildlife watching; in particular you should keep an eye out for the breeding colonies of little and sandwich terns that have made the harbour their home.

Visit Camber castle

Camber Castle was built in the 16 th century by Henry VIII as a defence to guard the port of Rye from invasion. The ruins are all that’s left of the impressive structure, which is only accessible by foot on a route from the town of Rye. Once here, you can take a guided tour or extend your walk to include some further military defence buildings along the coast, which is perfect for history fans!

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Spend a day at the beach

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? And the conditions on Camber sands are perfect for a range of activities to suit everyone. Whether you enjoy, building sand sculptures, taking a dip in the sea, or just relaxing on the sand there is something for everyone. You could even consider bringing a delicious picnic along with you to enjoy under the sun!

7. Go on a boat tour

If you get tired of sitting on the beach all day, why not consider a boat trip around the coast! There are several to choose from departing from Rye Harbour and lasting between 30 minutes to 2 hours. It’s just £20 for a 30 minute boat trip which will give you a unique view of the coastline; alternatively, if you want to see some wildlife, consider going on a seal safari! The boats can be booked per person, or you can choose to hire one as a group depending on how many people there is.  

8. Walk or cycle the coastal routes

Walking or cycling has got to be one of the best ways to enjoy the views around Camber Sands! You can start your trip close to Rye train station and follow the National Cycle network all the way to Camber Sands passing the village of Camber and some lovely views of Northpoint Water and Rye Bay. Once you reach the beach you don’t even have to stop here you can continue to Rye harbour and the nature reserve or to Camber Castle. If you still want to go further, you should check out the Sussex Border path or the England Coast Past East.

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9. Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is an important wildlife site that is the size of 600 football pitches and is set in an exceptional coastal and wetland landscape. It is home to more than 4,355 species of plants and animals including 300 that are rare or endangered. You can visit the mosaic of shingle beaches, saline lagoons, saltmarsh, grassland, scrub, gravel pits and reedbeds. 

10. Eat some incredible food!

Enjoy stylish beachfront bistro dining in Camber or visit the cafes and restaurants of nearby Rye and Winchelsea, with stylish beachfront bistro dining in Camber. And so many amazing restaurants to visit, especially with fresh fish!! 

A walk around the charming cobbled streets is essential, especially to the famous Mermaid Street, where a mix of timber-framed inns and elegant houses rejoice in eccentric names. Many of the beautifully preserved medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings are open to the public as fine restaurants, tearooms or pubs. 

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With the restaurants and shops in Rye to the west and Dungeness to the east, Camber Sands offers a stunning, central location from which to explore a unique section of the south coast WORDS: Alex Fisher

The vast expanse of dunes at Camber Sands is still growing. The long intertidal zone, stretching for over 1km, allows huge amounts of sand to dry out daily and be carried inshore by the wind. Around 7,500 cubic metres of sand are added each year, and, without the urban development of Camber, the dunes would quickly spread beyond their current 3km along the coast. As well as being a holiday attraction, the dunes are a nationally important wildlife habitat and part of the Camber Sands and Rye Saltings Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Home to wintering birds and rare moths, they bring visitors to the region all year round.

The area became a popular holiday destination in the 1920s, but holiday and caravan parks declined with the onset of cheap overseas travel. However, as this trend waned, the region received more investment and recently, a smattering of trendy restaurants, shops, boutique hotels and an eco-development have revived the resort.

6PM THE PERFECT WELCOME There are some great places to stay in Camber and Rye, but the best views can be found right on the beach. Over the past 10 years most properties that sit on the sand have been redeveloped and offer uninterrupted views out to sea. We stayed in The Blue House, which can only be reached on foot or in a 4×4. However, you can park in the main car-park and walk 100 metres, or ask the rental company to assist you. A bonus is that Georgina, who runs Camber Holiday Cottages (01797 225202, camberholidaycottages.co.uk ), also runs a catering company, and you can order prepared meals that she leaves in the fridge. We arrived to a leg of Romney Marsh lamb, Kent potatoes and local lentils and asparagus, which we popped in the oven, then watched a stunning sunset from the wooden terrace (01797 225202, blackbirdcatering.co.uk ).

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SATURDAY AM

10AM SAILING FUN This area is a hub for watersports; not just windsurfing and land-yachting, which take place on the beach, but everything from jet-skiing to flyboarding is taught on nearby lakes. Safe and sheltered, these lakes offer brilliant family outings. We head to Rye Watersports, which is just a five-minute drive away, to try our hand at dinghy-sailing. After a quick safety talk we don our life-jackets and hop in a boat. Including the instructor, there are six of us keen to have a go and we take turns in tacking into the wind, zig-zagging up and down the lake (01797 225238, ryewatersports.co.uk ).

SATURDAY PM

1PM A LIGHT LUNCH Rye is full of good places to eat. We head to new kid on the block, The Fig, which serves a healthy selection of salads, wraps and juices, with lots of vegetarian options. Prices start at £4.75 for sandwiches and wraps, £8.25 for mains served with salad. After refuelling with delicious green smoothies and homemade smoked salmon tarts, we head off to Rye Harbour (01797 690643, thefigrye.com ).

2PM HARBOUR VIEWS The flat, car-free coastal path that runs around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is perfect for cycling with kids of any age. We pick up bikes and a map from Rye Hire (01797 223033, ryehire.co.uk ) and take the off-road cycle lane down to the harbour. This area is often missed by visitors, but it’s stunning. There are quiet beaches, shingle bays and 93 species of birds breeding here, as well as plenty of ice-cream stands and a great pub. It takes about three hours to do the circular route around the reserve and it’s a glorious way to spend an afternoon ( sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/rye-harbour ).

7PM SLAP-UP SUPPER Sitting on the Camber side of Rye, the Globe Inn Marsh, with its higgledy-piggledy bar and seating, cheery staff and creative menu makes for a really fun place to spend an evening. The kitchen offers everything from sharing plates to three-course meals, with locally sourced, freshly prepared food being the staple. There’s outside seating and kids are welcome. Portions are large; this is not somewhere you are going to leave feeling hungry. It also offers a fantastic range of local ice cream (01797 225220, ramblinns.com ).

10AM SERENE SPORTS After a breakfast on the deck overlooking the sea, we head to Action Watersports in Lydd to try stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) on a 22-acre freshwater lake. The more adventurous can learn flyboarding, jet-skiing, wakeboarding and watersking, but we opt for a calm SUP session and paddle up and down beside the reeds and bulrushes as the sun comes out and gives the water a golden sheen. Yes, I fall in a few times, but the lake is relatively shallow, so the water isn’t that cold. The centre has a large barbecue area, which customers can use if arranged in advance, so this is an ideal place to visit with a group of friends (01797 321885, actionwatersports.co.uk ).

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1PM FISH HUT You know your seafood is going to be good if it is served next to the boats that caught it, and this is exactly what is on offer at the Dungeness Fish Hut. Here, they only sell what is caught that day. As it’s just a few miles from Lydd, we head here for crab flatbreads. Served with avocado and a lime dressing, we eat them on deckchairs overlooking the shingle beach. Open every day from 11am to 3.30pm, this popular seafood shack draws in both locals and holidaymakers (07825 598921, facebook.com/snackshack.dungenessfish ).

3PM ESCAPING THE RAIN It’s always good to have a back-up for a rainy day, and the independent cinema in Rye – Kino – provides just this. Tucked off the High Street, this pretty venue has two plush screens, one seating 96, the other 48. It shows all the newest movies, but in a very relaxed, low-key setting. Instead of hot dogs and Slush Puppies, the café serves homemade soup and old-fashioned sweets at very reasonable prices (01797 226293, kinodigital.co.uk ).

5PM NATURAL BEAUTY Wideye is a great little shop in Rye that sells its own range of ethical and natural beauty products. From scented candles to moisturisers, everything is made locally with high-quality natural ingredients. Recently, it has added a treatment room downstairs, where I was lucky enough to have a relaxing massage. Whether you fancy a seaweed wrap, Himalayan salt scrub or a simple de-stress massage, this is the place to go (01797 225656, wideye.co.uk ).

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7PM FINE DINING The Gallivant is one of my favourite places on the southeast coast; every visit is a real treat (01797 225057, thegallivant.co.uk ). The dedication to supporting local suppliers is second to none. It’s the only restaurant I know that exclusively serves English sparkling wine – no Prosecco here – the owner really is committed to the community. The menu offers Romney salt marsh lamb rump and Dungeness Dover sole, along with terrific desserts such as ginger parfait with Kentish strawberries and rhubarb sorbet, when in season. It’s the perfect way to finish off a great weekend.

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HOW TO GET THERE The nearest railway station is in Rye, just three miles away from Camber Sands ( nationalrail.co.uk ).

It takes about two hours to travel from central London to Camber Sands, taking the M20.

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Camber is renowned for its expansive and breathtaking beach, Camber Sands. Stretching out along the East Sussex coastline, a short distance from Rye, Camber Sands is a haven for beach enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

The focal point of Camber is undoubtedly its stunning sandy beach, which stretches for miles and is framed by a long dune system that provides a natural barrier between land and sea. The beach is a haven for sun-seekers, sandcastle builders and a hotspot for water sports enthusiasts, offering opportunities for kite surfing, windsurfing, and even land yachting.

Camber is not only a summer destination; its charm extends throughout the year, with the vast expanses of golden sand ideal for bracing walks and birdwatching in winter and you’re not far from a cosy pub or sleek hotel where you can warm up afterwards.

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A guide to Camber Sands

Camber Sands is a popular coastal resort located in East Sussex, close to the border with Kent, and it is one of the best-loved holiday destinations for summer on the South Cost of England. Camber Sands, the neighbouring village of Camber and the surrounding area have much to offer for all ages, from thrilling watersports and sandcastle building to history and wildlife.

Find out all you need to know about Camber Sands with this handy guide, and if you're yet to find the perfect home from home, we're sure you'll find something among our collection of Camber Sands cottages . 

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CAMBER SANDS BEACH

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Camber Sands is a fabulous stretch of unspoilt sandy beach. It features one of the purest and longest dune systems on the South Coast, and the only one to be found in East Sussex. Camber Sands is one of the region’s stand-out beaches as it’s one of the few to have a sandy beach, with many of its neighbours being stone and shingle beaches. It stretches on for almost 5 miles, with the most popular section being the western end, by the mouth of the River Rother. Further to the east, the sands start to make the transition into shingle.

Watersports

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The beach draws in sun seekers from all over the country, so whether you are looking to relax or partake in some adventurous water sport activities, it is the place to be. If you are a keen kitesurfer, or you’d like to learn, then Camber Sands is one of the best places to buy lessons in the south. The Kitesurf Centre offers tutorials, kit hire and a shop. Rye Watersports also offers kitesurfing tuition alongside windsurfing and sailing lessons. 

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Like many beaches around the country, there are dog restrictions in place between May to September. While much of the beach does allow dogs on a lead, there are some restricted areas. If you are planning a trip with your four-legged friend, keep an eye on the signs in public areas to find out where your dog is welcome to paddle his paws. During the quieter winter months, dogs are allowed to roam the full stretch of the beach.

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When planning a day on the sands, it is well worth making sure you buy a tide table so you can plan your day accordingly. Alternatively, you can head online and check Magic Seaweed for daily tide times to make sure you get the best use of the beach at both high and low tide.

ATTRACTIONS IN CAMBER

Besides the beach of Camber Sands, there are plenty of other days out and things to do in and around the Camber area.

Although actually a charming town, Rye is definitely an attraction in itself. Just a short 4-mile drive away, at the top of a hill, Rye boasts stunning views across the Romney Marshes. Exploring the sloping cobbled streets, browsing the many craft and antique shops and relaxing in the quaint cafes, you will feel suspended in time. The medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses give the whole town a wonderful unhurried atmosphere. Many annual events take place in Rye – try the Rye Arts Festival in September, the Rye Bonfire in November, the Rye Society of Artist's Summer Exhibition, the Rye Jazz Festival and Rye Bay Scallops Week. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained on an excursion from Camber Sands!

Historical sites

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There are several places of historical interest close to Camber, one of which is Camber Castle . Because of tidal changes, the fort is now closer to the village of Winchelsea further west along the coast. The English Heritage-managed ruins once defended Rye Harbour and aerial photos reveal the curious circular pattern that the walls make. During the summer months, guided tours are available on the first Saturday of each month.

There are also other castles found within driving distance including Bodiam, Sissinghurst and Knole. The author Henry James lived at Lamb House in nearby Rye, which is managed by the National Trust. This Georgian house in the heart of the town acts as a writer’s house museum. Take a look at our guide to National Trust properties in Sussex and castles in Sussex for more inspiration for your itinerary. 

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Across the river from Camber Sands, you’ll find the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a variety of landscapes and wildlife to see. Great for bird watchers, with many different species to spot, keen photographers will also enjoy the mix of backdrops which span woodlands, salt marshes, meadows, wetlands and sands. Unusual military fortifications also dot the landscape.

NEARBY TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Besides the previously mentioned Rye, there are plenty of other pretty towns and unusual villages to visit along the coast from Camber Sands. 

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Hastings promises the traditional seaside experience and is a large and lively town with much to see and do. Once you’ve explored the classic attractions of the promenade, the pier and the amusements, make sure you check out the Old Town, home to fishermen’s huts and a rich nautical heritage. With cliff railways, Smugglers Adventure, a shipwreck museum, an aquarium and more to visit, there are plenty of great days out to be had in Hastings.

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Winchelsea is allegedly the smallest town in England, and is found halfway between Hastings and Rye. Perched on a hilltop, blocks of houses surround a spectacular church and ruins of an abbey. Winchelsea Beach is found at the bottom of the hill, a shingle beach with exposed mud and sand at low tide.

See our cottages in Winchelsea .

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To the east you’ll find the small settlement of Dungeness, set in one of the most unique landscapes in the UK. Set on a large shingle beach and in an area classed as the country’s only desert, colourful huts sit alongside shipwrecks in a truly unusual landscape, offering a photographer’s paradise.

Browse our Dungeness cottages . 

Pett and Pett Level

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Home to another stretch of sand and shingle beach at Pett Level, Pett is a peaceful village decorated with pretty cottages and a parish church. It overlooks a lovely coastline, which not only encompasses the beach but also the dazzlingly white chalk cliffs at Cliff End.

Browse our Pett Level cottages . 

WHERE TO STAY IN CAMBER SANDS

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As one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in Sussex, there are plenty of places to call home during your break in Camber. Set yourself just a stone's throw from the sea at Camber Sands or within walking distance to the beach in Camber. We have suggested a couple of properties from the area that we love but you can browse our full collection of Camber Sands cottages to find something perfect for you.  

4 Marine Cottages | Sleeps 4 guests

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Built directly on Camber Sands beach, this delightful property enjoys unrivalled access to the beach and sand dunes. Inside, cool and calm tones mix with a simple vintage decor to create a spacious and relaxing holiday setting. Shared access (with the neighbouring property) to a cordoned-off section of sand means you won't have to fight the crowds for sandcastle-building space. 

Shell House | Sleeps 10 guests plus 2 dogs 

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Tucked behind the dunes, just a couple of minutes from Camber Sands beach, this breathtaking Scandinavian-style beach house is a spacious and stylish - perfect for families or groups of friends. Decorated with an interesting combination of retro and driftwood finds, the rustic charm of this property is sure to entice you. 

The Beach Retreat | Sleeps 4 guests

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The Beach Retreat is a charming weatherboard-clad holiday home situated a few minutes’ walk from the beach and Camber Sands' handy amenities. This attractive holiday home provides the perfect backdrop for a great beach holiday. The interior has been tastefully decorated and furnished, offering open-plan accommodation with comfortable fittings and handy extras, its just perfect for a break by the coast. With Rye, Dungeness and Hastings just a short drive,  there's plenty of places to visit for a fun day trip.

 You can find even more beautiful places to stay in Camber among our collection.

HOW TO GET TO CAMBER SANDS

Camber is reached via Camber Road, a road leading off the A259 near Rye. If you’re travelling from the north or the east, the M20 (running between London and Folkestone) and the A2070 are the best roads to take before approaching the A259. From the west, the A27 travels all the way along the south coast from Portsmouth before becoming the A259. Find a map of Camber Sands below and help plan your route using directions from your location.

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The nearest train station to Camber is 4 miles away in Rye. Trains to Rye travel from Hastings in one direction, and from Ashford International in the other. If you’re travelling from London, take the Eurostar from St Pancras and change at Ashford.

CAMBER SANDS WEATHER

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Like most English seaside destinations, Camber isn’t the warmest of places, especially in winter, when average temperatures reach 5°C. In summer, however, the average temperature is a pleasant 17°C. August is the best time of year to visit, enjoying 8 hours of sunshine a day and water temperatures of 17°C. If you want to avoid downpours during your stay, be aware that November is the wettest month in Camber, with an average of 106mm of rainfall.

Check the live weather forecast for the next few days here .

CAMBER SANDS ON FILM

Film enthusiasts will be interested to know that many different films and TV programmes have used Camber Sands as a location – often standing in for somewhere else in the world. Perhaps most famously the Carry On gang used the dunes as a backdrop in Carry On Follow That Camel.

History buffs will appreciate the fact that Second World War dramas Dunkirk (1958) and The Longest Day also used the beach. More recently, George Clooney and Matt Damon pitched up in Camber to film scenes from The Monuments Men. The wonderful expanses of sandy beaches seen in Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman are Camber’s very own and are perhaps cinema’s most beautiful depiction too. TV shows have included episodes of The Inbetweeners and Doctor Who.

Now you know everything you need to about the area, it's time to find the perfect Camber Sands cottage for your holiday on the Sussex Coast .  

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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One of the best sandy areas on the South Coast of England, Camber Sands is a hidden oasis with a Blue Flag beach, refreshing sea breezes, and plenty to do for the whole family!  

Camber Sands can offer a unique combination of miles and miles of unspoilt sand dunes with loads to do in the day as well as the evening. Away from the beach there are fantastic nature reserves and historic sites, along with the old smugglers’ hideouts dotted along the coast and of course dazzlingly white chalk cliffs at Cliff End. Combe Haven Holiday Park is just 18 miles from Camber Sands, meaning that the area is a great spot for those in search of some outdoor activities and seaside fun. Read on for our list of the top things to do in Camber Sands.

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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Address: Harbour Rd, Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TX 

This coastal nature reserve is a vast tract of land with wildlife habitats, five bird watching hides and miles of footpaths to explore. Rye Harbour is a great place for you walkers to get your steps in while spotting rare species on the way such as the Spangled Button Beetle. 

If you have some binoculars bring them along as there are lots of different species of birds to see. You can also jump out and view the beautiful beach and sea along the southern edge of the park as well as the impressive Camber Castle.

Camber Castle

Address: Harbour Rd, Rye TN36 4JS 

Camber Castle was once an important link in the chain of forts built by Henry VIII along the South Coast. It was abandoned soon after and has remained so ever since, but it is no less atmospheric for it: standing alone, a solitary crumbling ruin, packed with history. If you want to go and look at the outside walls and turrets, it’s a long walk from the car through a sheep pasture, but well worth it for the views. The castle only opens to the public for guided tours on the first Saturday of every month, so time your visit right!

Try your hand at water sports

Address: The Kitesurf Centre, Kite Beach, Lydd Rd, Camber, Rye TN31 7SB 

With the beautiful English Channel for a neighbour, Camber Sands is very windy, which has given it a reputation as one of the best places for kitesurfing in the South of England. The Kitesurf Centre in Camber Sands offers lessons, equipment hire, repairs, and also has a shop. The superb centre can help you get everything set up whatever your level of expertise. 

Absolute beginners are welcome, and the knowledgeable instructors deliver clear and easy to understand lessons. You might be surprised at how quickly you progress! For those, wanting to try something other than kitesurfing, there are plenty of other water sports you can try including paddle boarding, land boarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, and jet skiing.

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Address: Full Throttle Boat Charters, Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU 

Take to the seas for a RIB tour of the area. RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are powerful and fast, allowing you to get to parts of the shore that you might not otherwise be able to see. Bounce along the water at high speed with the wind in your hair to see the sights of Camber and its surrounding area from a different perspective. 

You may even get a sight of some seals, without being too invasive. We recommend Full Throttle Boat Charters, located next to the River Rother, for RIB tours at Camber Sands, as they're a well-reviewed option.

Mary Stanford Lifeboat House

Address: Harbour, Winchelsea, Rye TN36 4LU 

Situated on a lonely stretch of the coastline off the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, two miles from the present RNLI Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, lies a shack covered in graffiti. Or so it may seem. In fact, this shack is the derelict Mary Stanford Lifeboat House. It’s kept as a tribute to a lifeboat crew who tragically lost their lives whilst trying to rescue a ship caught in a storm in 1928. 

The lifeboat house is situated in a wonderfully remote and peaceful area of outstanding natural beauty, so it’s a lovely place for dog walking or bird watching as well as remembering the brave sacrifice of that crew.

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Welcome to The Kitesurf Centre, the UK’s only BKSA Kite School & National Training Centre

We offer a variety of thrill-seeking activities such as kitesurfing lessons,  kite buggying ,  kite landboarding, hydrofoiling , stand up paddleboarding , wingsurfing & adventurous group activity days . With such a range of activities available, we know we can help you find a new passion, but most of all enjoy learning something fun and exciting!

When you’re ready to buy your own equipment our Kitesurf Shop has a large range of kites , boards , wing foil , wetsuits and a whole selection of other watersports equipment. Thomas, Tristan, Rupert and Roman are all very friendly and experienced , they will help you with anything you require. Take a look at the products, see them in the flesh and try it on to find your ideal kit. We also have an online shop and can despatch worldwide. Once you’ve finished shopping and kiting there’s a comfortable chill-out zone where you can relax with a hot drink or beer.

The Centre is located on Camber Sands kite beach, East Sussex but we also teach at Greatstone Kent on the South East Coast of England, just 1 hour from South London .

The National Training Centre was established by two highly experienced BKSA Senior Instructors in 2007. Born from the frustration of working at other mediocre BKSA & IKO schools in the UK and with the aim of providing the finest & safest level of kitesurfing tuition in England.

Fast forward 14 years and the centre has grown into the country’s leading & most professional outfit.

Kitesurfing lessons

The lessons are run from the centre on the world renowned kitesurfing beach at Camber Sands, East Sussex , near Rye. With the experience and enthusiasm of the whole team, The Kitesurf Centre is a fantastic place to learn kitesurfing or any kite or watersport.

Fun & Safe Kitesurfing Lessons

The Kitesurf Centre School is owned and run by Jen along with a friendly, highly trained and BKSA certified team of instructors; all enthusiastic to take you through the exhilarating, fun (and sometimes exhausting) process of learning to kitesurf. Using their experience, they make sure everything runs smoothly, allowing you to enjoy yourself while having a productive, fun and safe lesson.

The Kitesurf Centre School not only teaches kitesurfing; we also teach kitebuggying, kite landboarding, wingsurfing and stand up paddleboarding. The centre also offers equipment hire for each of these sports. Once your instructor confirms you are suitably skilled, you’ll be able to head out and practice on your own!

Partnering with The Kitesurf Centre School, the Shop provides a range of kitesurfing, landkiting, SUP equipment and accessories for you to buy in store or online.

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Things to Do, Places to Go

In and around camber sands.

It goes without saying that the number one attraction at Camber Sands is the miles and miles of sandy beach, Camber Sands beach is one of the best beaches in the south of England for a bucket and spade sandcastle building day.  Camber Sands is also well know as a centre for kite surfing and water sports.

However, there are loads of other things to do around Camber – choose from historic castles and gardens, family attractions and more. Here is our guide to some of the things you might do on your Camber Sands getaway.

Explore nearby towns

Visit historic houses and castles, wander through beautiful gardens, discover local vineyards, wildlife and nature, more stuff for kids..., towns nearby to explore....

Autumn colour in Mermaid Street Rye

Perched on an outcrop of sandstone overlooking the marshes, Rye is probably one of the most visited small towns in England and Mermaid Street is almost certainly the most photographed street. The Mermaid Inn itself may date back to 1156, but like most of Rye, it was burned in 1377 by the French and only the cellar survived. However in 1420 it was re-built as it is today. This little town is steeped in history and its buildings and cobbled streets have changed little in the last 500 years.

Rye has a long literary history too. It has been home to many authors over the years, including EF Benson who lived at Lamb House (National Trust) and used Rye as the setting for his Mapp and Lucia stories. The BBC’s dramatisation of Mapp and Lucia was filmed on location in Rye.

Today Rye is a vibrant hub for the local community. Its streets are lined with many and varied independent shops, ancient inns, great eateries, tea shops and cafés and other historical buildings, many of which remain private homes.

We would encourage all our guests to take a least half a day to explore Rye. Wander through the cobbled streets and narrow alley ways (known locally as twittens) and enjoy the views from its elevated position over the surrounding marshland towards the sea. The best views are from the Gun Gardens and the top of the church tower.

St Thomas' Church and churchyard Winchelsea

Just a couple of miles outside Rye, lies the historic town of Winchelsea, built in the 13th century as a port, although it now lies inland. It is a splendid example of a medieval planned town, with a grid pattern of streets. Winchelsea is a pretty town, although no larger than many villages, with an impressive church and a pub. It also has a little shop where you can also get a decent cup of tea or coffee.

Fishing boats on the beach at Hastings

Once the premier port of the former Cinque Ports, Hastings has a long maritime history and is still home to Europe’s biggest beach-launched fishing fleet. The medieval old town and the Stade area are particularly interesting. The walk along the seafront to the pier is also a nice stroll. Those with children will not want to miss the Bluereef Aquarium and the Adventure Golf.

The front view of Battle Abbey

Believed to be the site of the great Battle of Hastings in 1066 the town grew around the Abbey of St Martin. Battle Abbey is now cared for by English Heritage as a visitor attraction together with the battlefields. The town has some lovely Georgian buildings, a Norman church and some interesting small shops and cafes.

Punting on the river between the tudor houses in Canterbury, Kent

Canterbury is just over an hour’s drive from our cottages at Camber Sands. Canterbury’s cathedral is probably one of the most famous religious buildings in the world. It and the many other ancient buildings in this city make Canterbury a popular tourist destination.

Historic houses and castles...

Bodiam castle (national trust).

Bodiam Castle views across the moat owned by the National Trust

Bodiam is one of the most impressive 14th century moated castles you are likely to see, built in 1385 to be both a defence and comfortable home. The outside wall is virtually complete and enough of the interior remains to give an impression of medieval castle life. A fantastic place for a family day out, kids love it.

Lamb House (National Trust)

Lamb House in Rye, owned by The National Trust

This charming Georgian house in Rye has been the home of many authors over the years including Henry James and EF Benson. The cottage garden is delightful.

Scotney Castle (National Trust)

Scotney Castle owned by the National Trust reflected in the water

Scotney Castle has a “deliberately derelict” 14th century castle, a country house and landscaped gardens all within a beautiful country estate. The Azaleas in late spring are just mind-blowing.

Batemans (National Trust)

Batemans house and garden at Burwash owned by The National Trust

A beautiful country house and working water mill once home of the Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. There are lovely estate walks and gardens to explore as well as the mill which still grinds flour that you can buy in the shop.

Smallhhythe Place (National Trust)

Smallhythe Place at Tenterden owned by The National Trust

Smallhythe Place is an early 16th century house and colourful cottage garden which once belonged to the actress Ellen Terry. There is also a small theatre in the barn and vintage tea room. 

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield (English Heritage)

Children playing on the grass at Battle Abbey

In the year 1066 the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. This site is is widely believed to be the site of this battle.  Visit the 1066 battle field, visitors centre and abbey remains for an interesting, educational and fun day out.

Camber Castle (English Heritage)

The ruins of Camber Castle, Rye

Our “local” castle, built for Henry VIII to protect the port of Rye, lies between Rye and Winchelsea. Now a ruin, there are informative guided walks but check the website for times.

Dover Castle (English Heritage)

Dover Castle on the cliff tops at Dover, Kent

Dover Castle has centuries of history, from the Romans to the Cold War. You can visit the oldest serving lighthouse in the country, explore the medieval Great Tower, the underground wartime hospital and discover the Secret Wartime Tunnels.

Wandering through a beautiful garden is one of our favourite ways to spend an afternoon, especially if it involves tea and cake, as it nearly always does!

Great Dixter

Great Dixter house and garden

This glorious garden in Northiam is one of our favourites. It was the family home of gardener and garden writer Christopher Lloyd, and is always a riot of colour, particularly in the summer months.

Pashley Manor

A bronze statue of a sausage dog with lady on a bench at Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst

These gardens at Ticehurst are also wonderfully colourful, particularly in late spring when they hold a truly magnificent tulip festival.

Sissinghurst Castle (National Trust)

The White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent

The late Vita Sackville-West’s gardens at Sissinghurst Castle  are also well worth a visit pretty much any time of the year. Sissinghurst is probably most famous for it’s White Garden but the herbaceous borders, the vegetable garden and parkland are equally impressive. In springtime the daffodils are incredible.

Derek Jarman's Garden

Derek Jarman's Garden at Dungeness

Garden fans will also enjoy this small garden at Prospect Cottage, home of film producer Derek Jarman, at Dungeness. It is well worth stopping at on a drive out to Dungeness. Jarman’s garden is an eclectic mix of beach finds, sea kale, poppies and shingle around his iconic black and yellow cottage.

Vineyards...

Wine production in the south east of England dates back to Roman times and, as with other forms of agriculture it has had its ups and downs. Today it is definitely on the up and wines from our area now regularly receive awards in international competitions. All the vineyards below are easily reached by car from our cottages, all welcome visitors and many offer tours and tastings. Some also have restaurants and shops stocking not only their wines but also offering local and regional food and craft products.

Gusbourne Vineyard and Nest Restaurant

Just behind the Romney Marshes on the hills 11 miles from Camber Sands, Gusbourne Vineyard produces a range of award winning sparkling and still wines. All Gusbourne wines are produced from grapes sourced solely from their own vineyards. We recommend booking one of their guided tours and tastings or just pop in for a free self-guided tour. Dogs are welcome on the self guided estate tours.  

Biddenden Vineyards

Grapevines at Biddenden Vineyard

Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard producing award winning wines, ciders and juices. The vineyard is open to visitors throughout the year, just pop in for a self-guided tour or book online for guided tours, dogs on leads are welcome.

Carr-Taylor Vineyard

Grapes growing in vineyard

A family estate which has been producing award-winning sparkling, still and fruit wines since 1971. The vineyard is open to visitors throughout the year, with self-guided tours and tasting available all year round. Guided tours and tutored tastings available and need to be pre-booked.

Seddlescombe Organic Vineyard

Grapes growing in a vineyard in Kent

England’s oldest organic vineyard (established in 1979) produces award winning whites, rose, red and sparkling wine, as well as fruit wines, cider, and fruit juices. Open daily for self-guided vineyard tours, woodland nature trail and wine tasting.

Chapel Down

Chapel Down Winery Tenterden logo

The largest producer of English wine in the country. Chapel Down offer a variety of tour and tasting experiences, a well stocked shop and a two AA Rosette award winning  restaurant. They also distill some remarkably good gins and vodkas.

Acivities...

Camber Sands has plenty to offer watersports enthusiasts of all abilities both on the sea and in the freshwater lakes. Camber Sands offers the ideal conditions for kite surfing and has become a leading centre for this sport with an extensive dedicated zone for kiters. Our cottages are just minutes from the surf and have plenty of space for storage of gear. For those that prefer something only a little less adrenaline-filled there is land boarding, sailing, wake boarding, water skiing and jet skiing.

The Kitesurf Centre

Kitesurfer in waves

The Kitesurf Centre based on the beach at Broomhill Sands in Camber offers kitesurfing, land boarding, power kiting and stand up paddle boarding, equipment hire and repair as well as excellent BKSA tuition for all levels.

Camber Kitesurfing

Kite surfer with Camber Kitesurfing at Camber Sands

Camber Kitesurfing  offers excellent BKSA courses and tuition in kitesurfing, kite buggies, kite land-boarding, river and sea kayaking and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) as well as power kite experiences.

Rye Watersports

Children having fun paddle boarding at Rye Watersports.

Rye Watersports , based on a freshwater lake just outside Camber, offers dinghy sailing, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding and kite surfing.

Action Watersports

Waterskiing at Action Water Sports in nearby Lydd

Action Water Sports   offer fun water-based activities for all the family on their private freshwater lake including wake-boarding, waterskiing, jet skiing, fly-boarding, paddle boarding and fun rides for those who’d just rather be towed along behind a speedboat. They also have a great aqua park for ages over 6 years and up.

Full Throttle Boat Charters

A group enjoying an exhilarating ride with Full Throttle Boat Charters, Rye

Full Throttle Boat Charters   based at Rye Harbour offer power boat and RIB charter as well as exhilarating RIB boat trips.

The Open Space Yoga Studio

The Open Space at The Gallivant just a few minutes walk from our cottages offers daily group yoga classes and private sessions. The studio is a welcoming space, yoga mats, blocks, bolsters etc are provided. The classes are   bookable on line and open to all levels and cost £12.

Golf ball on tee

There are several golf courses in the area including Rye Golf Club, Littlestone Golf Club and Lydd Golf Club, all within a few miles of our cottages. Rye Golf Club is a private club, if you wish to play as a visitor you will need to check with the Club first.

Cycling and Walking

Maps, walks and cycle routes for guests to use in our cottages

The quiet roads around the Romney Marsh are perfect for exploring by bike. The Sustrans Coastal Cycle Path, which passes right through Camber, is perfect for family rides. Ebike Hire   offers a range of pedal cycles and electric Fat Bikes, great fun for exploring the coast, lakes, nature reserves and villages of the Romney Marshes.

There are both coastal and country walks from the cottages and in the local area. You will find maps and route suggestions in the cottages which are available to borrow during your stay.

Wildlife and Nature

Our cottages are located in the Whitesand area of Camber Sands between the vast sand dunes and the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) protected marshland so there’s plenty of wildlife right on your doorstep.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

View across a bird watching lake and marshland at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has many miles of paths (many of which are wheelchair accessible), bird hides, salt marsh, lagoons and is dog friendly (the bird areas are well fenced in!). It is one of the most important conservation sites in Britain and is also recognised as a SSSI. There is an excellent visitors centre and cafe too which is dog friendly.

Hastings Country Park

View from Hastings Country Park across the sea near Fairlight.

Hastings Country Park and Nature Reserve   is home to many species of birds, animals and plant life. The varied landscape includes meadows, pasture, wooded valleys and clifftop paths with some stunning views of the South East coastline.

Dungeness RSPB Bird Reserve

View across the lake at Dungeness RSPB Reserve

Dungeness RSPB Bird Reserve   is set back from the sea with miles of open shingle, fresh water pits, grassland and meadows. There are nature trails, hides and an excellent visitors centre.

More things to do with the kids...

Of course, the number one attraction is the sand, miles and miles of it, but if you don’t want to spend all your time at the beach, or the weather won’t allow it, there are plenty of family attractions in addition to all the castles, gardens and activities mentioned above.

The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

A green steam engine at Dungeness RH&D Railway station

The “little train” is something that we enjoyed immensely as kids and is still a firm favourite with our families today. Its one third size steam and diesel locomotives travel over 13 miles between Hythe and Dungeness and provide a unique way to experience the Romney Marsh landscape.

The Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway

View of Kent and East Sussex Railway with Bodiam Castle in the distance, 1066 Country

The Kent and East Sussex is a full size steam railway running between Tenterden and Bodiam. It hosts many special events throughout the year including Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa Specials.

Port Lympne Wildlife Park

A giraffe's head in the clouds

Port Lympne is a breeding sanctuary for rare and endangered animals and home to over 700 animals, including the largest herd of black rhino in the UK, gorillas, giraffe, tigers, lions, leopards and bears.. A truly memorable family day out.

South of England Rare Breeds Centre

English longhorn at The South of England Rare Breeds Centre

The South of England Rare Breeds Centre at Woodchurch is also a great place to get hands on with the animals, with farm animals, trailer rides, birds of prey, creepy crawlies and indoor play areas too.

Bluereef Aquarium

A ray at Bluereef Aquarium in Hastings

The Bluereef Aquarium in Hastings  gives children the chance to interact with the more friendly sea creatures as well as see stingrays, reef sharks and other aquatic animals and fish.

Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf sign in Hastings

Hastings Adventure Golf is right on the seafront at Hastings near the Old Town and offers not one, not two, but three great 18 hole courses to try. They are all huge fun, but our favourite is the Pirate Golf.

The Old Lighthouse

The Old Lighthouse at Dungeness

The more energetic might like to climb to the top of the Old Lighthouse at Dungeness   for spectacular views across one of the largest expanses of shingle in Europe.

Clambers Indoor Play Centre

Children playing in a ball pit

Great fun for the kids and a good rainy day option at Hastings.

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2 Hour Shared Land Yacht Experience in Kent

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Land Yachting Experience Days: Land yachting is an exciting and novel sport that is guaranteed to leave you smiling for days! Perfect for a summer day out with a friend or as the beginning of a new hobby, land yachting is a truly unique experience to try.

Whether you're a complete beginner to Land Yachting or have some experience, you're bound to get plenty out of your two hour experience. With your fully qualified training instructor on hand to show you all the tricks of the trade, you're sure to master the basic skills of land yachting before the experience comes to an end. Beginners will be shown everything they need to know from how to get going, how to steer and most importantly, how to stop! Once you've mastered the basics you will set off doing short runs down the runway at lower speeds, gradually building up the speed and the distance as you become more confident and comfortable. Most people pick up the technique pretty quickly, and there's no better feeling than the wind in your hair as you zoom across the grass.

If you love adrenaline and adventure then you're bound to enjoy this experience, especially as you get to share the yacht with with a friend! Or perhaps you want to spoil that special someone who's a bit of a thrill seeker? Either way, this is a hugely exciting sport that makes a great gift for everyone.

When can you book Intro to Land Yachting in Romney Marsh For Two

The shared land yachting experience is available 7 days a week, throughout the year. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays can also be booked with a surcharge of £10 per person payable on the day.

All dates are subject to availability at the time of booking. 

Adventure Requirements

Minimum age : 16

Maximum weight : 16 stone

All participants must sign a disclaimer before the experience begins.

How long is the Intro to Land Yachting in Romney Marsh For Two

Experience Duration: 2:00

Time Spent at Venue: 2:15

The experience lasts two hours with the time split between the two participants, however you should allow more time at the centre.

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Guest Info For Intro to Land Yachting in Romney Marsh For Two

Participants: The 2 Hour Shared Land Yacht Experience in Kent is for 2 participants.

Max Group Size: 2

Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes

This voucher covers two participants.

Please note this is not two people in the yacht at the same time. You will rotate round every 10 - 15 minutes.

Spectators are welcome on site, however visibility may be limited once the experience begins. Within a 1 minute walk there is free parking, toilets, cafe, restaurant and a bar.

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What to wear for this activity.

Participants should wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. All yachting equipment will be provided.

Is This Activity Weather Dependent?

Being an outdoor activity, land yachting can be affected by extreme weather conditions. Should a cancellation occur, the experience will be rescheduled for a future date.

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The 2 Hour Shared Land Yacht Experience in Kent is highly weather and tide dependent. If your scheduled booking needed to be cancelled for either of these reasons, you would simply be entitled to a re-scheduled booking.

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Strand House is a beautiful, comfortable family holiday home only a short walk from the popular Camber Sands beach.

Located in the award winning, ‘Whitesands’ a fisherman’s style village development, perfectly situated for enjoying the stunning, sandy beach at Camber and exploring the surrounding towns and villages.

The property can sleep up to eight guests and one well behaved dog and has a fully enclosed garden, for all to enjoy. You enter the property into a small hallway, where there is space for dirty shoes, buckets and spades. To the right is the dining area with a large dining table and plenty of seating for all the family and a well stocked dresser packed with family games. There is a DAB radio with Bluetooth and CD and a selection of books for you to enjoy. To the left of the hallway is the large lounge with comfy sofas, Smart TV and Blu-ray. The double aspect room, means it is bright and airy and there are French doors leading directly out on to the enclosed garden. The kitchen is spacious and very well equipped with a dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, coffee machine, microwave, electric oven and hob and Dab radio. There is a small bistro table and chairs for a quiet morning coffee and French doors directly out onto the garden, perfect for the evenings, when you choose to BBQ. Just off the kitchen is a small utility room with a washing machine and space for drying a little washing. There is a downstairs WC in the hallway.

Stairs lead up to the four bedrooms, one single bedroom, one triple room with bunk beds and a single bed, one super-king zip-and-link bedroom (can be configured as a twin on request) and a master bedroom with king size four poster bed and ensuite shower room and WC. There is a family bathroom with shower over bath and WC. The garden can be accessed from the lounge and kitchen and is fully enclosed with table and chairs and a fire pit/BBQ.

The garage has been turned into a games room with a full size table tennis table and dart board. It is the perfect place to store sandy beach equipment, kite surfing kit or bicycles should you choose to bring them with you and a great space to let off steam of those non beach days. We are happy to allow one well behaved dog or two on request but they must not go upstairs. There is off-road parking for one car and ample free roadside parking for additional cars.

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The Sussex village of Camber has much to offer, with its beautiful sandy beach which stretches for miles and safe bathing.

The village has various small shops, a Post Office, two pubs, two cafes, a wine bar and The Gallivant restaurant. A variety of activities can be enjoyed including kite surfing, kite buggying, surfing, land yachting, horse riding, fishing, as well as numerous other activities both on the beach and nearby, including the wildlife havens at Dungeness and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.Water sports are taught at Rye Water Sports lake, which is only one mile away.

The medieval town of Rye is about 3 miles away. There you can visit the Heritage Centre where you can watch the Town model's ' Sound and Light' show, which goes into detail about the history and the colourful past of Rye and it's inhabitants. Or amble around the independent boutiques or many antique shops in the Strand Quay. Enjoy the array of eateries, from restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Rye has a full calendar of events happening throughout the year, so make sure to check 'whats on' with Visit 1066 Country and arrange a stay during one of the many festivities. We have two important Nature Reserves within easy reach of Strand House, Dungeness and Rye Harbour, both great for exploring whatever the season.

The seaside town of Hastings is a short drive away and it a good mix of traditional British Seaside with a contemporary flair, definitely worth a visit.

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  • If traveling from Europe via the Eurostar, then depart at Ashford International and get the connecting Marsh link train to bring you to Rye.
  • If driving from Europe, the village of Camber is about 45 minutes from the ferries at Dover or the Euro Tunnel at Folkestone.
  • Gatwick airport - approximately 50 miles from the property.
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  • Car free cycle and footpath all the way to Rye from the village about 3 miles.

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Are There Fishing Restrictions at Camber Sands/Jurys Gap?

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Had a long weekend camping at Park Resorts (the Jurys Gap end with shingle) so was looking forward to just walking across the road to fish... so Saturday afternoon walked across with everyone (9 of us, 4 adults 5 kids) stopped a good 200 yards from water on a bit of a high spot so we could put a blanket and stuff down, put 1 rod on my stand without the end tackle on as it was so windy I didnt think I'd be able to cast anyway and there were quite a few people in the water so I was just playing sandcastles with the little ones. Any ways this jeep came hurtling over with coastguard logo on and started on that fixed line fishing is banned there but we could do pushnet/prawn netting,it was hard to hear what he was saying as it was that windy, but he had a right cobb on, in the end he said if I fished at Jurys Gap later he would turn a blind eye to it, he then drove off and had words with other windsurfers/dog walkers. Now i checked the big boards about the rules on the beach and have surfed the net and can not find anything saying you cant fish there, so was he just having a bad day or is fishing banned?  

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Not heard of that, I can see a case for it at camber near the dunes during peak holiday season as there's loads of holidaymakers on the beach and sands, it should be clearly signed though if that's the case. Jury's Gap should be fine though, it's normally quiet up that end.  

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Cheeky ****ers,who do they think they are ,thinking they can own the beach,wheres the MAGNA CARTA,don t exist i suppose something else big brother has taken from us,slowly we will loose our freedom  

Must admit it did pee me off quite a bit even though I wasnt going to fish anyway, I had been in 3 tackle shops round that area that morning (driving round trying to find seagull tackle as didnt have an address for it) and not one said there were restrictions were i was going. The 'coastguard' bloke said I 'd have to go to Dungy to fish, but then said he'd turn a blind eye to Jurys Gap....gggrrr. After scouring Rother council website I gave in and phoned them, the very helpful telephonist said her husband fishes there and she has emailed the relevant bloke to ask him to phone me. Wow that was quick, I have just been told it is illegal to fixed line fish from 1st April to 15th October between the ranges and the harbour. So if you fish from the left of the radar towards Dungy your fine, but not to the right towards camber/rye.  

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Well it just goes to show that new things can be learnt everyday! After near on 50 years of living in,on, and around Romney and Walland Marsh's this is a new one on Me. Being the worlds worst person for accepting the gospel issued forth by others I set about having this confirmed or denied by the authority's, and I am affraid it is absolutely 100% correct. The coastal officer, Robert Caff , for Rother District Council, has informed Me that it is against their by-laws to fish from the beach between the 1st April and 31st September,on any beach from the end of Lydd ranges (Jurys Gap ) to the outlet of the River Rother at Western Camber Sands. This by-law dates back to 1936!!! So there You go, the anti angling brigade started this lot a long time ago- pity we were not so clued up in those days!! OVER THE YEARS I MUST OWE THE BUGGERS THOUSANDS IN UNPAID FINES!!!!!!!:roll1::roll1:  

The coastal officer, Robert Caff , for Rother District Council, has informed Me that it is against their by-laws to fish from the beach between the 1st April and 31st September,on any beach from the end of Lydd ranges (Jurys Gap ) to the outlet of the River Rother at Western Camber Sands. This by-law dates back to 1936!!! Mr Caff told me it was until 15th October, twice he said this date. He said the area was the ranges to 'lydd harbour' which I cant find on google. Apparently it is very rare for anyone to fish there any way as its not very productive... which makes you question the need for a ban! :idea:Might help if they put it on the big signs next to the dog ban, horse riding restrictions and kite surfing bit!  

this has a lot to do with the kite surfers they have this thing in there head that they own that part of the beach. i have fished that area for years and have had no one approach me regarding the ban, but have had plenty of surfers trying to knock my block off jumping over my head while out in the surf. the nearly 2 mile beach is not big enough for us all quite obviously!!!  

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Well blow me down!!!! Mr MATCHMAN & Mr SCOTWITCH, thanks for the info,what the blazes is going to be unearthed next?? I had a very good mate'o mine fishing in the ranges last saturday night coz they weren't firing,all he recorded was bits n bobs. Thanks COL.........  

RYEBOY said: Well blow me down!!!! Mr MATCHMAN & Mr SCOTWITCH, thanks for the info,what the blazes is going to be unearthed next?? I had a very good mate'o mine fishing in the ranges last saturday night coz they weren't firing,all he recorded was bits n bobs. Thanks COL......... Click to expand...

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Not a 100 percent sure about this, however, I thought that ‘fixed line fishing’ was a staked line i.e. a long line … and nothing to do with angling with a rod and line.  

As an ex commercial fisherman I also believe that a fixed line is a longline any clever members know how this can be checked to stop the thin end of the wedge growing bigger  

Fixed line to me suggests something staked in the ground, when I go bait digging I sometimes find hobby ones with a dozen or so baited hooks. Surely anglers fishing doesn't count as fixed line fishing. This needs some clarification.  

I have a feeling that this by-law regarding no ‘fixed line fishing’ on those beaches relate to staked-out longlines. During the months stated the beaches would be susceptible to bathers, therefore it would be dangerous for unmarked lines and hooks below the surface to holidaymakers and other users of the beach and sea. This is quite understandable … however with anglers, any danger can be visually recognised … and avoided.  

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I have always known longlines staked on the sand are banned May - September along the Dymchurch beaches, never heard of a Rod ban. By the way Seagull tackle is at Coast Drive, Greatstone.  

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After reading all the posts regarding Jurys Gap Which happens to be one of my fav venues for many years. I have Never been approached by anyone in authority whilst fishing there. To my mind Jurys is a Bass venue which produces best when there is a good surf on. Sadly due to its close proximity to Camber The same conditions are also ideal for the kite/wind surfers etc. They will run into Jurys during a good blow and there is nothing you can do to stop them (no matter how loud you shout). This problem has escalated over the years So now the simple answer is Dont fish on sunny/windy weekends when the place is full of them and go there when it is a tad less busy. Early morning or late evening is top. SIMPLES.:headhurt::ahhh:  

The wind kite surfers are not the question here. It is, is rod and line fishing banned, or the fixed line eg unmarked longlines staked to the sea bed that are banned?  

That is very true Dave, this also exists in the bay from Dungeness to Dymchurch Redoubt, I think that if they are inturpreting the 'fixed line' part to encompass beach fishing it should be challenged, but absolute clarification as to the wording would be required before starting a fruitless case. I will ask for the relevant doc's from Rother district council and report back, cheers, mick.  

Blimey I seem to have opened a right big can of worms with this post... Sorry Mick/Matchman, you have a busy enough life without taking this on aswell! When I pop down to visit my big brother I'll buy you a pint or two.  

matchman said: That is very true Dave, this also exists in the bay from Dungeness to Dymchurch Redoubt, I think that if they are inturpreting the 'fixed line' part to encompass beach fishing it should be challenged, but absolute clarification as to the wording would be required before starting a fruitless case. I will ask for the relevant doc's from Rother district council and report back, cheers, mick. Click to expand...

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Many years ago ( about 40 ) when I lived in Fairlight I regularly put 'sand lines' down all year round. These are fixed lines tehtered in the sand by a block of wood or steel tube. At this time one of my mates dads was the fisheries officer for East Sussex. I checked with him that it was ok to use sand lines and he stated that from May to September fixed line fishing was banned on 'open' beaches throughout the whole of East Sussex. Open being defined as easy access for the public. He said I was ok using them at fairlight as long as they were marked with a buoy. HTH Micknal  

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Yup, without doubt "fixed lines" are just that. They are pegged, anchored or staked long lines also known as trot lines. They are fixed in place and left to fish unattended. There are summer restrictions on their use all around our patch of coast. If that monkey comes back to anyone to tell them to stop angling of the beach, tell him to pi55 off and come back with a copper and someone who knows what they are talking about.  

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As far as i know there is no Angling Restrictions there but may be wrong , if there is some byelaw still in force then signs need erecting to clarify things properly . More likely that the said Coastguard officer is just worried about an accident on his patch and /or is under pressure from the windsurfers to stop you fishing . Go down there at night when there is a bit of surf and it will be worth a go for a Bass or two or maybe a Sole in calmer seas and no one will bother you . P.S. If mr coast guard really wants to enforce the fixed line fishing byelaws then he needs to come over to the Winchelsea side of the river Rother and watch the illegal Rumanians and Russians that reside in the various caravan parks around Rye laying fixed lines . If i see them laying them at night when i am pumping i wait for them to go then remove them . It goes to show the quality of fishing in Rye bay that lines i have found that have fished a tide never have anything attached apart from usually dead Terns or Oystercatchers ! maybe they form part of an Eastern European diet as well Maybe i have turned this thread politically incorrect now :uhuh::uhuh: Gaz  

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scotwitch said: Must admit it did pee me off quite a bit even though I wasnt going to fish anyway, I had been in 3 tackle shops round that area that morning (driving round trying to find seagull tackle as didnt have an address for it) and not one said there were restrictions were i was going. The 'coastguard' bloke said I 'd have to go to Dungy to fish, but then said he'd turn a blind eye to Jurys Gap....gggrrr. After scouring Rother council website I gave in and phoned them, the very helpful telephonist said her husband fishes there and she has emailed the relevant bloke to ask him to phone me. Wow that was quick, I have just been told it is illegal to fixed line fish from 1st April to 15th October between the ranges and the harbour. So if you fish from the left of the radar towards Dungy your fine, but not to the right towards camber/rye. Click to expand...

Matchman/Mick is having the byelaws paper work sent to him so he can verify the exact wording, as we have both been told by the coast officer that there is no fishing, then it can be contested. So far the only byelaw I can find is this..(I cant copy it as its pdf) "The series of Byelaws for the regulation of the seashore which was made by the Rural District Council of Battle on the fifth day of March 1936 is hereby amended by the insertion of the following Byelaw immediately after the Byelaw numbered 10. 10A. No person shall, between the first day of April and the fifteenth day of October, both dates inclusive, place or wilfully leave on the seashore any fish-hook, metal stake or similar article in such a position as to be likely to cause injury to any person using the seashore." This amendment was added on the 4th May 1961. There could possibly be further amendments but I think it best to wait to confront any one until Matchman has had the chance to look it all over.  

I think the key word in this byelaw is leaving. As you do not leave your rods unattended you are not breaking this byelaw, you are fishing an attended rod and line:fishing1:  

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This is a classic case of an excitable jumped up pillock in a jeep with all the wrong information, getting over-excited about nothing. If only these pseudo officials could do their homework before shouting at members of the public it would save a lot of bother. Tell the pratt to go and get a police officer next time, cos you ain't moving. He will have a red face in the end. A fixed engine is a net fixed to the seabed, a fixed line is a long line fixed to the seabed, nothing at all to do with rod and line angling.:bleh:  

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