How to find us | Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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Address: Rye Harbour Discovery Centre, Rye Harbour Road, Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7FW

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The closest entrance to the nature reserve from the town can be found along Harbour Road, just where the road crosses the River Brede. Footpaths will lead you out to Camber Castle and the birdwatching hide at Castle Water.

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Public Transport

Visiting the nature reserve by public transport is relatively easy, given there is a train station in nearby Rye (c 40 minute walk, ten minutes by bus).

From the station you can take a long circular walk or cycle around the whole reserve. If you just want to visit the Beach Reserve, catch a bus or taxi to Rye Harbour village or Winchelsea Beach.


Just 68 minutes from London or 100 minutes from Brighton. Rye is on the Marshlink line between Eastbourne and Ashford International stations and trains arrive hourly from both. Visit National Rail Enquiries or Trainlines for timetables and a journey planner, or call 08457 484 950.


There is usually a bus an hour from Rye station to Rye Harbour village and Winchelsea Beach. Traveline website, 0870 608 2 608


Taxis wait outside Rye Station and meet all trains.

Cycling and walking

Cycling is an ideal way to take in the delights of an area as large and flat as the Rye Bay Countryside.

The area is well served by several National Cycle Network trails. Cycles (and wheelchairs) can be hired in Rye from Rye Hire

For further information, free, printable leaflets, and routes for cycling in the area, please visit East Sussex County Council's Cycling in East Sussex page and Kent County Council's Cycling in Kent page.

If you are walking from Rye to Rye Harbour, there is a footpath along an old railway line that avoids walking the whole length of the road. It can get muddy.


From the east, Rye is 20 miles from Ashford along the A259; from the west we're just a short trip (14 miles) from Hastings, again along the A259.

From central London, follow the M20 to Ashford, then take the A259 to Rye.

Rye Harbour village is two miles southeast of Rye town. 

Postcode TN31 7TX, but when you get here don't go into the caravan site, turn right into the large car park before the Martello Tower.

The car park is run by Icklesham Parish Council, so please give a donation in the box. 

High vehicles (over 1.95m) such as coaches and camper vans cannot enter the car park and will need to find alternative parking, please contact us to discuss.

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