Things to do in Camber Sands
One of the best sandy areas on the South Coast of England, Camber Sands is a hidden oasis with a Blue Flag beach, refreshing sea breezes, and plenty to do for the whole family!
Camber Sands can offer a unique combination of miles and miles of unspoilt sand dunes with loads to do in the day as well as the evening. Away from the beach there are fantastic nature reserves and historic sites, along with the old smugglers’ hideouts dotted along the coast and of course dazzlingly white chalk cliffs at Cliff End. Combe Haven Holiday Park is just 18 miles from Camber Sands, meaning that the area is a great spot for those in search of some outdoor activities and seaside fun. Read on for our list of the top things to do in Camber Sands.
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Address: Harbour Rd, Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TX
This coastal nature reserve is a vast tract of land with wildlife habitats, five bird watching hides and miles of footpaths to explore. Rye Harbour is a great place for you walkers to get your steps in while spotting rare species on the way such as the Spangled Button Beetle.
If you have some binoculars bring them along as there are lots of different species of birds to see. You can also jump out and view the beautiful beach and sea along the southern edge of the park as well as the impressive Camber Castle.
Address: Harbour Rd, Rye TN36 4JS
Camber Castle was once an important link in the chain of forts built by Henry VIII along the South Coast. It was abandoned soon after and has remained so ever since, but it is no less atmospheric for it: standing alone, a solitary crumbling ruin, packed with history. If you want to go and look at the outside walls and turrets, it’s a long walk from the car through a sheep pasture, but well worth it for the views. The castle only opens to the public for guided tours on the first Saturday of every month, so time your visit right!
Try your hand at water sports
Address: The Kitesurf Centre, Kite Beach, Lydd Rd, Camber, Rye TN31 7SB
With the beautiful English Channel for a neighbour, Camber Sands is very windy, which has given it a reputation as one of the best places for kitesurfing in the South of England. The Kitesurf Centre in Camber Sands offers lessons, equipment hire, repairs, and also has a shop. The superb centre can help you get everything set up whatever your level of expertise.
Absolute beginners are welcome, and the knowledgeable instructors deliver clear and easy to understand lessons. You might be surprised at how quickly you progress! For those, wanting to try something other than kitesurfing, there are plenty of other water sports you can try including paddle boarding, land boarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, and jet skiing.
Take a boat tour
Address: Full Throttle Boat Charters, Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU
Take to the seas for a RIB tour of the area. RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are powerful and fast, allowing you to get to parts of the shore that you might not otherwise be able to see. Bounce along the water at high speed with the wind in your hair to see the sights of Camber and its surrounding area from a different perspective.
You may even get a sight of some seals, without being too invasive. We recommend Full Throttle Boat Charters, located next to the River Rother, for RIB tours at Camber Sands, as they're a well-reviewed option.
Mary Stanford Lifeboat House
Address: Harbour, Winchelsea, Rye TN36 4LU
Situated on a lonely stretch of the coastline off the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, two miles from the present RNLI Rye Harbour Lifeboat Station, lies a shack covered in graffiti. Or so it may seem. In fact, this shack is the derelict Mary Stanford Lifeboat House. It’s kept as a tribute to a lifeboat crew who tragically lost their lives whilst trying to rescue a ship caught in a storm in 1928.
The lifeboat house is situated in a wonderfully remote and peaceful area of outstanding natural beauty, so it’s a lovely place for dog walking or bird watching as well as remembering the brave sacrifice of that crew.