Beaches in East Sussex

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Beaches in East Sussex

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  • Laura
    110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walk along the beach. There are pebbles and stones, no sand. Nice and clean. Some shops along the actually seafront too which is nice. One of my favourite UK beaches
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Emily R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love this place come here every year and find it very friendly and enjoyable, had trouble when we first arrived as the caravan we booked wasn't the best was too small and very basic, so went to reception to see if we could upgrade and to my surprise the wonderful reception lady called Em upgraded us to a lodge and it was wonderful and really enjoyed our stay, wanted to stay longer but park was fully booked! the place was huge and very clean everything u needed for a holiday can't wait to come back to a lodge in August for 3 weeks!!
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, UK12,708 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfortunately, the tide was in the day we were there, so all that there was of the beach was the shingle and pebbles by the promenade. When the tide is out, however, there is sand because there are notices warning of soft, deep sand. Still, the promenade behind the beach is good for dog walking (not allowed on the central part of the beach for a number of months of the year) but you have to be aware of cyclists.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • Oliver F
    Leicester, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning scenery. Long walks and perfect for the family I loved every second of walking his beautiful beautiful cliffs. You can also see the seven sisters the whole time for those are into history. There is a very sad but very honoured memorial at the end near where the sea Meets the land. The fisherman cottages are also a wonderful area to take a picture of the beautiful scenery. The walk will also lead you to many beautiful and interesting places along with farms and old pubs/restaurants. If you head away from Seaford and head towards Friston forest you will come across cookmere activity centre which is a lovely activity centre that offers all sorts of fun water activities including SUP boards and kayaks along with full day activities which are all done on the beautiful ox bow lake.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Roger J
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whilst visiting a very sick brother, I stayed on Seaford seafront with a magnificent view of the sea. Although the weather was horrendous and my Campervan was rocking I enjoyed the freedom of free parking.
    Many thanks Seaford for making my visit more enjoyable under my sad time.
    Thank you 🙏
    Written 20 November 2023
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  • Denise C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely loved this little find it has become my favourite place, clean fresh friendly peaceful, lovely walks and pet friendly with an amazing restaurant and bar and little cafe ☕️
    Written 2 November 2023
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  • Steve_of_N21
    London, UK2,296 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mainly shingle beach, unless the tide is out, it doesn’t have many things going for it, but one one thing it does tend to have is space. It’s not easily accessible by car and there’s hardly any parking anyway, only one concrete toilet block and one cafe.
    But the upshot is not many people. It is mainly utilised by those holidaying in Winchelsea Sands and Winchelsea beach park, and the local dog walkers and body board surfers who know what time to go and what time to park.
    For walkers there are three options, the beach itself, the sea wall, or the footpath below the sea wall that goes all the way to Rye Harbour nature reserve. The sea wall gives the best views but can be bracing when the wind is up, which is often.
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • Bethany Smith
    Eastbourne, UK2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went there with my sister and my mum to go for a walk. I liked the sea and the people walking along the seafront. I really liked it here, I like to go there again.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • clare_f_london
    Sutton, UK60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We travelled to the beach Saturday evening to walk the dogs… there were a few people around, some having picnics others enjoying the evening sunshine. We returned also in the morning as it was so lovely.

    The beach is pebbly all along, in the morning there is a little sand by the shore

    The current was quite strong so we were careful to keep the dogs on the shore side, but allowed them to get their paws wet.

    Parking is easily available nearby at a pay and display car park.
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • SussexApollo
    Selsey, UK174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Seaside Cafe in Hastings. We stopped off in Hastings whilst returning home along A259 coastal road. We discovered The Stade cafe on the seafront, with ample paid parking nearby. We both enjoyed a fabulous lunch - croque monsieur and sausage sandwich, washed down with a delicious mug of tea. The cafe was spotlessly clean, the staff are very friendly and attentive. Highly recommended.
    Written 28 February 2024
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  • Jason F
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So quiet and peaceful when no one is around and a lovely view of the rocks and hearing the tide coming in
    Written 16 December 2023
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  • Rob
    Stanford-Le-Hope, UK9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A decent beach, shingle bank. Almost all male there so not family-female environment in my view. Easy to find, a bit of a walk from Brighton station but that's OK by me. You can get the Volks electric train - the first ever, I believe. Plenty of places to eat/drink of all types from £££ to £1 for a tea!
    Written 6 July 2023
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  • Helen H
    Driffield, UK2,612 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came to the seafront and beach several times during our stay here. Not your typical beach, as very stoney. I found it difficult to walk on...so kept moving around to a minimum. Great views from the beach though, although not many people using it. Shame the weather wasn't better, as more holiday makers might have ventured there.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • HerefordshireHamster
    Hereford, UK81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have never (deliberately!) visited a naturist beach but on a recent trip to Sussex I had the ideal opportunity to do so. Like many who felt trapped during lockdown I had a growing curiosity in trying a "clothes free" experience and Covehurst Bay (Fairlight Glen) presented the chance to do so.

    It is a fair hike down from the Hastings Country Park car park, I'd allow 30 minutes, possibly longer for the (uphill) return trip. The walk is idyllic, the glen is well wooded and haunted by Exmoor ponies and Belted Galloway cattle to keep the undergrowth down. The final descent to the beach requires one to ignore a warning about the state of the cliffs (there have been landslides provoked by heavy rain) and the negotiation of some steep steps (although a helpful rope has been provided).

    I arrived just after high-water as the tide ebbed, revealing an upper beach of fine pebbles, later on a broad stretch of sand and large boulders appeared. The beach was fairly empty, inland cloud having probably dissuaded some from coming, although the bay was wreathed in sunlight the whole afternoon. I found myself sharing it with a girl in her thirties and a couple of retirement age (all unclothed) and a couple of middle-aged women who kept their togs on. The beach under the cliffs has natural buttresses which conveniently divides the beach into smaller private "cells" and ensures a degree of privacy. Having walked past my fellow naturists I occupied one of these, rolled out my towel, took a deep breath and stripped off.

    Nothing had quite prepared me for the extraordinary feeling of freedom, the warmth of the sun and a gentle breeze on parts of me that were unused to them and the delicious sensation of a fine drizzle carried up the beach each time a wave broke. No-one stared, no-one laughed, no-one pointed, everyone, clothed and unclothed alike, seemed to happy to respect each others' choices. It was a truly liberating experience. As the afternoon wore on other sunseekers arrived and passed along the beach, looking for more privacy as the beach was uncovered by the tide. Since most were clothed I chose to either sit up and fold my knees or turn onto my front rather than offend but this was probably unnecessary and most folk seemed very relaxed about the naked bodies on show.

    There was, however, one uninvited voyeur who seemed fixated by the sight of all this nudity and spent a lot of time staring at us - a seal!
    Written 7 July 2023
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  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, UK12,708 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When the tide is in, Birling Gap beach is only a narrow shingle beach. However, when the tide is out, rock pools abound; a delight for crab-hunting children. I have never seen this beach really busy. This is probably because the only access from the National Trust car park is by means of a metal staircase, which is neither wheelchair nor pushchair friendly. Refreshments are available from the NT Birling Gap cafe, where there are also toilets. There is also a small, but informative, Visitor Centre. Parking is in a pay and display car park which is free to NT members but non-members have to pay a fee.
    Written 18 January 2024
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