Unlike most beaches along the Sussex coast which are lined with pebbles and shingles, Camber Sands is covered in fine golden sand stretching nearly 5 miles. It also is home to the only sand dunes in East Sussex. There is also a kite surfing and windsurfing school nearby.
The beach is dog friendly between May and September but after that you must keep the dogs to the restricted zones further up the beach. Horses are also allowed on the beach at certain times. It's a beautiful beach with some cafes/restaurants and shops and a few kids’ swings and trampolines.
Camber village itself is behind the dunes which occupies the estuary of the River Rother. It’s small but has all the amenities you need, including local shops and fish and chips.
The nearest town of Rye is a 10-minute, 2-mile drive away. It lies at the confluence of three rivers, but still has its own little harbour and fishing fleet. Rye is well known not only for its heritage but also for its Georgian and medieval houses that line the cobbled streets. It contains a host of beautiful artisan, fashion and homewares shops and eateries, stylish hotels, public houses with live music, tea rooms, delicatessens selling local cheeses, organic butchers, bakers, fishmongers and greengrocers selling local produce.
There is a farmer’s market every Wednesday, and local vineyards sell quality English wine and offer regular wine tastings. While art galleries, museums, spas and amazing antiques - including utilitarian furniture, industrial, Americana, vintage, mid-century, ceramics and glass – can also be freely found in an area brimming with independent shops and local traders.
Dungeness is Britain’s only desert. A National Nature Reserve and one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world, it is well worth a visit. The headland, which juts into the English Channel, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has 29 homes built from railway carriages on it.
Dungeness is unique for its desolate landscape and power station, lighthouses and expansive gravel pits. As well as it’s delicious daily-caught fresh fish and modern architecture, a mini steam train takes you all the way down the coast and back from Dungeness to Hythe, which is a brilliant way to see and visit more of the coast.
Rye Harbour is a fascinating Nature Reserve and worth a visit whether you want to discover its wildlife and habitats, explore its history, or simply experience the landscape and enjoy a walk beside the sea, whatever the season. The Nature Reserve lies within a large triangle of land extending south from Rye, along the River Rother, past Rye Harbour to the sea, westward to Winchelsea Beach and northwards along the River Brede. Dogs are allowed into the reserve.