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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Address: Harbour Road | Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU, England
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A coastal nature reserve with 5 birdwatching hides and miles of footpaths...

A coastal nature reserve with 5 birdwatching hides and miles of footpaths to explore. Habitats include saltmarsh, shingle, saline lagoons, grazing marsh and reedbed. Visit at any time of year to see a range of birds, plants and other animals, including many that are rare. Find out more by visiting the website or joining the Friends.

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Beautiful walk

Enjoyed a great walk to the beach, free car parking at the start, lovely views all the way to the beach, pleasant place to spend a afternoon strolling.

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Andrew B
Lewes, United Kingdom
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a great walk to the beach, free car parking at the start, lovely views all the way to the beach, pleasant place to spend a afternoon strolling.

Thank Andrew B
Billericay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walked out to Winchelsea along the beach, back inland. Half way along is the poignant Mary Stanford Lifeboat house, 17 lifeboat men lost their lives in 1928. Walk along stony beach or tarmac path back along good paths inland

Thank awe1
Banstead, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Just outside of Rye the nature reserve has a number of great walks depending upon how energetic you want to be. There are a number of hides for the bird watchers out there and Camber Castle which is not open very often. Good facilities and a nice pub for your walks end

Thank Alan F
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice relaxing stroll around. Great place to take some wildlife snaps. Can be quite breezy even on a really hot day, so take a light jacket.

Thank Sidi104
Dorking, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose the reserve as a walk along the beach into Winchelsea with the added bonus of loads of birds viewable from a number of hides. Along the route was a disused lifeboat station which commemorates the loss of the entire voluntary storm in the 1920s - very poignant. On the return route, we walked slightly inland to make the... More 

Thank Charlotte H
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free parking and plenty of well maintained paths - take binoculars and just wander all the way to the sea and back. A little shop selling postcards and then wander around very small harbour area.

Thank andyfish678
Wombourne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

amazing, unspoilt area that's dog friendly, walked for miles & didn't see another soul, perfect on a bright cold day

Thank pvh1066
Maldon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here as hubby loves a bit of birdwatching. Lovely Easter weather, very bressy with off shore winds, wear a fleece! Loos in for centre, ice cream kiosk at entrance and pubs and cafes nearby in addition to some good bird and boat watching...great stuff!

Thank Julia P
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazingly peaceful nature reserve. Get there early, and don't be afraid of stepping off the pathways to see some wonderful wildlife - marsh frogs to kestrels, and plenty in between . Gorgeous and peaceful. Highly reccomended

Thank Allan H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely stretch of nature by the sea. Great for views on a sunny day and bird lovers. Please do note that if a local tells you it's just down the road from the town... it is just a few mins away in a car but it is a very long walk there and back. There is a bus that... More 

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