The Beach

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The south east coast of England has some fantastic beaches to choose from.
Generally it's warm enough to swim between the months of May to September.
There are 3 main local ones; each has its own specialties and atmosphere...

1) Covehurst Bay (20 minute walk)

Covehurst Bay East

Also known at Fairlight Glen Beach, this is a nudist beach, but is also shared by ordinary visitors. Due to the steep cliffs it is the only accessible beach between Hastings and Fairlight, and can only be reached by foot through the wooded valley area called Fairlight Glen. The beach is mainly shingle with large boulders and some patches of sand, particularly at low tide. There are no facilities or buildings of any kind on the beach, nor in the country park on the cliffs above. This beach is great if you like it quite and peaceful. Plus you can go fossil collecting and search for dinosaur bones. Due to constant erosion, the footpath can only be used at your own risk. i.e. some of the track is hazardous. At low tide you can walk 20 minutes East along the beach, where you'll find a lovely stretch of golden sand, just before Lee Ness Ledge.  

2) Hastings Beach (8 minute drive or 45 minute walk)

HastingsBeach

A contrast to the above Hastings beach has it all. Shops, cafe's, ice-cream, amusements, fairground, kids play areas, deck-chairs, a pier and fish & chips! Life guards patrol between the red and yellow flags. It does have expanses of sand, especially at low tide, but for the most part it is made up of sea-smoothed pebbles. Dogs are banned from the beach between the pier and the harbor arm. West of Hastings is the traditional seaside resort of Bexhill where you can find even more commercialised fun with tea rooms, cafés and ice cream parlours lining the promenade.

3) Camber Sands (30 minute drive, or catch the 101 Bus)

Camber Sands

If your holidaying in the area it would be a crime not to visit Camber Sands on a hot sunny day. Located near the village of Rye its a sandy paradise for holidaymakers. With 5 miles of unspoilt golden sand, you'll never need a foreign holiday again. Your kids will love the freedom to explore the sand dunes and mess around in the shallow water. Make sure you take your bucket and spade. There are a couple of cafe's, amusements and toilets, plus its dog friendly on the west end. A good tip is to arrive around high tide for the best experience and take lots of bottled water. Also arrive as early as possible, because due to parking problems the road from Rye to Camber becomes grid locked on a hot sunny day. If your an adrenalin junky looking for some action then try your hand at some kite surfing, wind surfing or sailing: RyeWaterSports.co.uk or TheKiteSurfCentre.com

 

Please Note:

Walking along the beach between Covehurst Bay and Hastings can only be done at low tide. It will take about 45 minutes to walk, but please check tide times before-hand. The tide comes in very quick and you could become stranded! To come back home you can either walk along the cliff top, or the much quicker Barley Lane route, or catch a bus/taxi.