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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Closes in 6 min: 00:00 - 23:59
Open today: 00:00 - 23:59
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Amazing bird hides

Get a book of local walks (not expensive) and check out the various well built bird hides to hear... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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Great day out

This is an amazing place to visit ,lots of different walks of varying length ,wheel chair friendly... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“rye harbour”(104 reviews)
“free car park”(42 reviews)
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...more
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Harbour Road | Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU, England
+44 7884 494982
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Get a book of local walks (not expensive) and check out the various well built bird hides to hear and observe marsh dwellers including the bearded tit, oystercatcher and marsh harrier and elusive bittern. The going can be a bit muddy underfoot (clue: it’s a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ClaerBarrett
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an amazing place to visit ,lots of different walks of varying length ,wheel chair friendly .great place for dog walking .bird watching is great lots of birds ,also seals in the harbour ,you can spend hours here .

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank ferrari250gto
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've walked the circuit twice now and it can get very busy with other people, especially when the weather is okay. It's a lovely chance to see the amazing birds and other wildlife, most of which we don't know much about!!! The nice bit for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KentishManofKent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We often walk from Rye Harbour up through the Nature reserve and round to Winchelsea beach .On one side you have the nature reserve with all the birds and wildlife and on the other side the beach and the sea with Rye Bay.At each end...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank paulpsails
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our walk despite the pre snow storm cold wind! Very friendly helpful staff in little shop. Lots of interesting stuff to look at/buy. The bird hide is large with a great view.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank J W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My grandad loves bird watching. When he is staying with us we go here so he can sit in the hide for a few hours while we walk on down to the se front and along. If you walk far enough you can sea the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank MargoWoollard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a regular dog walking area with a car park close by. There is a surfaced route from the car park out to the front with options to divert onto unmade paths for a longer walk. There is fencing around the sanctuary area obviously...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank grahampritchard2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a get the car there and get the chairs and binoculars watch and sleep. Lots of birds in and out. Plenty of beachcombers showing off their catches. It was a hot day great.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank A3303XQpaulh
Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

We discovered Rye harbour a couple of years ago a are now hooked. We love to walk the dog and the surfaces are great in all weathers. Wildlife is mostly separated so disturbance is minimal but you can see so much without leaving the main...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 12 January 2019

Went on a bleak winter day, not the best time. But what an expanse of lovely walks and bird marshes. Will return again in Spring.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Gary W
15 October 2018|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Car park near harbour. Turn right at end of road next to toilets.
20 April 2018|
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Response from 456MarilynH | Reviewed this property |
It is a good walk, but I would recommend that the walk from Rye is a bit long, as there is a good walk to the sea once you get there!! And that is not to be missed...but if refuelling Bosons Bite at the harbour is the place... More
14 February 2018|
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Response from AndrewJohnWaller | Reviewed this property |
The Rye circular walk via Winchelsea is about 7 miles, but there are are plenty of shorter (or longer) ones you could choose.