Rye Harbour

It can be breezy here. Take an extra layer!

Absolute scooting paradise! Voted Britain's favourite nature reserve (2016), Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a truly wonderful place to visit as a family.

* Famous for its bird life, use the accessible hides and boards to spot and

   identify the huge variety of species

* Beach combing and stone skimming

* Watch the fishing boats come into the harbour

* Explore the World War II Pillboxes (designed to house machine guns)

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Rye Harbour village, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TT


Free parking



Wheel-friendly circular route 3.4 km.


The Nature Reserve and birdwatching hides are open at all  times. The Visitor Centre is open 10am-4pm daily.

The ground is level and most footpaths have a lovely smooth surface, making Rye Harbour suitable for wheels of all kinds.  A small Visitor Centre is located approximately 200m from the car park

Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach or visit one of the lovely pubs in the village. 

Toilet facilities are located a short distance from the car park.

Dogs are welcome, but please.....

  • Keep them under close control so that they do not affect other people/wildlife.

  • Clean up after your dog and use the bins provided.

Please note, Rye Harbour Village is 2 miles southeast of Rye town.

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