The East Sussex coastline is divided by the estuary of the river Rother, on which stands the town of Rye. To the east, stretches the sandy expanse of Camber. To the west, the beaches comprise shingle, punctuated by weathered and disintegrating groynes. At low tide, areas of sand and mud flats are exposed beyond the shingle. Winchelsea beach is a particularly attractive example.
This is 1066 country. It was at Bulverhithe, just twenty or so miles further along the coast, that William the Conqueror landed on 29th September, 1066.
Camber Sands are a stretch of coastline in East Sussex between Rye and the Dungeness headland. The Sands comprise a flat, golden beach about 5 miles long and provide a favourite venue for kite surfers. They have been, and are, used frequently for film and TV scenes requiring a desert location.
Although in peak holiday season the beach becomes extremely popular, much of the year, because of its vast expanse, there is ample space to be ‘alone’. The beach shelves very gently and at low tide it can require a long walk to reach a swimmable depth of sea.
The western end of Camber Sands
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The tranquility of the location evoked a natural, tender response from these two young lovers.