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A great place

This vast, pebble beach is a great place for getting out into the outdoors. Unfortunately, being... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2021
Geoff H
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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
Morning walk

First visit. Beautiful beach. I would recommend a walk to blow away the cobwebs and help with any... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2020
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Reviewed September 9, 2014

Pebbly beach, but sandy when tide is out. The houses backing onto beach are really interesting-I think they are known as "Boho" type. We were lucky & saw baby seals being released back into the wild. My grandkids had a whale of a time, mind you the sun was shining!

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank Andrea S
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Reviewed September 3, 2014

Very beautiful patch of seaside countryside, proving there is more to the coast of the south east than burned out piers and tired amusement arcades. This spot is idyllic and unspoilt.

Date of experience: July 2014
2  Thank Irvin B
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Reviewed September 3, 2014

so beautiful but there is sharp obsticals in the sea but its a lovely town and its a couple of miles from winchelsea/rye

Date of experience: August 2014
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Reviewed August 23, 2014

Pett Level Beach will suit those looking for some peaceful walks or just some quiet relaxation in the sun. The beach consists of shingle banks and forms part of the sea defences between Winchelsea Beach and Fairlight Cliff (near Pett Level) protecting the low-lying pasture behind. The top of the banking at the rear of the beach provides easy walking and splendid views across the marshy pastures of Pett Level towards Winchelsea and Rye.

Pett Level Beach will be of especial interest to those who enjoy natural history. At low tide the foreshore reveals the remains of a woodland or forest that was drowned about 5200 years ago when the sea arrived here at the end of the last cold period of the Ice Age. This was when the English Channel was being formed and the drowned forest was preserved beneath sand and mud which now reveals fallen tree trucks, branches, tree stumps and the tangled roots of the former forest floor. Many trunks and branches look so fresh that they appear to have only just died and many exhibit tree rings and fresh brown wood - yet they died centuries before the pyramids were built! It's also fascinating to see the large areas of former woodland floor which consist of masses of tangles roots and twigs - all quite visible!.
Fairlight Cliff is also very interesting and exhibits some superb layers and banding of Early Cretaceous sandstones and clays. The cliffs are accessible at low tide and are a good places for rock pools and fossils. Be careful of rockfalls however, and keep and eye on the tide!

Pett Level itself is the low-lying area of grassy shingle that lies behind the shingle beach and embankment, extending as far as the distant escarpment. This area was all part of the seabed in medieval times when the sea beat against sea cliffs which now form the escarpment on the far side of Pett Level! The nearby towns of Winchelsea and Rye were important medieval ports but they now lie far inland on top of the escarpment overlooking Pett Level. Pett Level formed in the last few centuries when the sea silted this area with shingle and the flat marshland today is now used primarily as pasture for sheep and cattle.
One other point of interest on Pett Level is the Royal Military Canal. This was built during the Napoleonic Wars as one of many forms of defence against invasion from France. The western end of the canal lies here at Pett Level and the canal then continues beneath the Winchelsea escarpment before entering nearby Romney Marsh and ending near Folkestone. The towpath beside the canal also provides some very quiet and peaceful walks across Pett Level.

Pett Level Beach is so isolated and quiet that you can settle down almost anywhere along it's four mile length and not see another soul if you wish. The walking is very easy along the top of the beach and we enjoyed walking barefoot for four miles along the foreshore from Winchelsea Beach to Fairlight Cliff at low tide, stopping often to explore the drowned forest and examine rockpools and sea creatures.

A beautiful place indeed!

A lovely, isolated place to spend a warm and sunny day.

Date of experience: August 2014
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Reviewed August 21, 2014

Really nice unspoilt beach just East of Hastings country park, great place to come with kids and dogs or for just a bit of piece and quiet. There is subterranean forest, miles of sand, and fantastic views. Great walks also above cliff tops and rock pools at low tide. Coffee shop and pub with open fire are close by if it starts to rain.

Watch out for the sinking sand, unless you want to lose kids and dogs!!! (it sinks only a little but it is tricky to get dogs and kids with their shoes still on out of)

Date of experience: June 2014
2  Thank 231juliah
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