Camber Sands is a wonderful expanse of sandy beach that stretches for miles from the Rother estuary at Rye to the wild shingle outcrop at Dungeness. The nature of the terrain and the prevailing wind create ideal conditions for a multitude of sports including kitesurfing, land-boarding and buggying. The area first became popular in the late 19th Century with the arrival of the Rye Golf Links which is still popular with keen golfers with its spectacular position in the dunes. Sand dunes are a particular feature of the beach and, such is their resemblance to Normandy, film companies have used the coast as locations for World War Two movies from Dunkirk (1958) to Monuments Men (2014). It has also stood in for the desert in Follow That Camel (1967) and Gladiatress (2004).
Just inland from the beach is a mixed habitat of shingle, saltmarsh and saline lagoons that attracts some fascinating wildlife including rare beetles, medicinal leeches, colourful sea kale and poppies as well as frogs and many migratory birds. The Rye Nature Reserve is well worth visiting to see different species of ground nesting birds and waders.
Beyond are the ruined remains of Camber Castle built by Henry VIII and now a lasting reminder of this coast's vulnerability to foreign invasion. Nowadays, visitors are encouraged to invade the glistening sands where children can spend many happy hours with buckets and spades, building castles in the sand and collecting shells.
There are many cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants offering delicious local specialities from Dover sole and Rye Bay scallops to traditional seaside treats of ice cream cones and pints of local beer. To find a cottage just a short stroll from the dunes, or even right on the beach, please call us on 01580 720770