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Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Lovely place for a walk and to see the seabirds

Free car park and a level walk down to the shore make this beautiful area accessible for everyone... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Gravesend, United Kingdom
Decent Enough

Nice long walk out over some salt marshes to the sea. Very windy but plenty to see if a little... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Southampton, United Kingdom
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“bird watching”(58 reviews)
“rye harbour”(100 reviews)
“free car park”(41 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 5 days ago

Free car park and a level walk down to the shore make this beautiful area accessible for everyone. Walkers with or without dogs, cyclists and bird watchers all share the path and there are glorious views across the inlet to Camber Sands. Huge numbers of...More

Thank 880judithh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice long walk out over some salt marshes to the sea. Very windy but plenty to see if a little bland once you start the walk back. Not much else there though.

Thank markyargyle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Allow enough time to get there and back as if you are walking into wind it will take longer than you expect. Don't forget to visit the Mary Stanford lifeboat house and read the story

Thank Caff_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love walking , beautiful place very clear map in leaflet in our b&b Willow Tree House.The hide near Camber Castle was like looking though a special window onto a secret world Wonderful .to all who care for the reserve keep up the good work you...More

Thank Lynne W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place which we visited a couple of times on our short visit to Rye. At different times in the day the light makes it quite a magical place where you feel at one with nature. For bird lovers there are hides...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely walk during the summer. Loads of different birds.. tourist cabins along the way if you have any questions and lady was very helpful.. views are amazing

Thank loopylinz50
Reviewed 2 November 2018

You don't need walking boots, as there is a tarmaced path to the sea, beside the estuary to the sea. Seabirds and waders aplenty

Thank dvdgurr04
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Great safe place to cycle. Three miles of level tarmac road & many other tracks available across this reserve to walk or cycle. Along with Pagham this is a major bird watching site in Sussex.

Thank guestandsons
Reviewed 22 October 2018

So good, we went twice. Different weather makes for a different experience and those wide open spaces and big skies. Wonderful. Bird hides are well placed and there are plenty of water birds. Good mix of shingle, grasses, ponds and lakes, trees and bushes. Excellent.

Thank Christopher U
Reviewed 16 October 2018

It is a good location for a walk and it is very popular. I was lucky enough to see some seals feeding in the water however some people with dogs are inconsiderate. I have a dog but I kept him away from the immediate shoreline...More

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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 Marilyn H | 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
15 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.