Rye Bay Guide

Set in the scenic county of East Sussex, Rye Bay provides visitors with stunning views as well as being a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Miles of unspoilt coastline can be found around Rye Bay, including the breathtaking Camber Sands with its beautiful sand dunes. Behind the coast you will find beautiful countryside scattered with a delightful selection of friendly pubs and restaurants, as well as plenty of independent shops and boutiques. Explore these areas by car or take advantage of the many bridleways, cycle paths and walks to stay active on your holiday.

Rye Bay supports a whole range of interesting wildlife from the rare plant-life in the Salt Marshes at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to the Deer and Wild Boar in the nearby woodlands at Winchelsea and Peasmarsh. Rye Bay is also of historical interest as King Edward III and the Black Prince defeated the Spanish in the Bay in 1350 at the battle of Les Espagnols sur Mer. There are also a number of military defences such as the Napoleonic defences of Martello Towers, the Royal Military Canal and Henry VIII's Camber Castle.

The Rye Bay area is also renowned for its locally caught seafood. In February, the Rye Bay Scallops Festival provides superb scallops, as well as flatfish, for visitors to indulge in.  

Planning you trip? Find your way around with this handy map.