Offering miles of golden sand with grassy dunes and unspoilt natural beauty, Camber Sands is arguably one of the most idyllic beaches in all of England.
Its calm, flat waters make it a haven for kitesurfing enthusiasts, and it’s easy to combine an afternoon on the water with a session zipping along in a buggy on this seemingly endless stretch of shoreline.
Yet despite its coastal charms and opportunities for adventure, the location for some remains a mystery. Like a lot of people, you might be asking yourself, where is Camber Sands?
Where is Camber Sands? Discovering a Secret Seaside Escape
Located on the East Sussex coast right near the Kent border, Camber Sands lies around 4.5 miles southeast of the ancient town of Rye.
In this tucked away location, it remains serene and low-key all year round. And in many ways, that’s part of its big appeal.
Even in summer, the crowds here are fairly modest. So while Britain’s best beaches often become packed with day trippers and holiday makers in peak season, Camber Sands remains something of a secret seaside escape throughout the year.
The Perfect Base For Exploration
When you visit Camber Sands, you’ll find yourself in the perfect place to explore the best of the South East coast, from popular seaside resorts and sleepy fishing villages, to medieval towns and remote nature reserves.
Head 17 miles west to reach history-filled Hastings. This picturesque coastal town has strong links to the famous battle of 1066 and has the remains of England’s first castle—built by William the Conqueror!
After exploring the castle ruins, hit the boutique shops around the narrow lanes of the Old Town, book yourself onto a seafood cookery session at Classroom on the Coast, or learn about the life of a smuggler at Smugglers Adventure in St. Clements Caves.
The picture-perfect town of Eastbourne is 17 miles further west along the coast. Fill a whole day here between its theme parks, zoos, museums, art galleries, farmers‘ markets and vineyards. During your visit, be sure to soak up sweeping sea views with a stroll along Beachy Head—the UK’s tallest chalk sea cliff.
Mix things up with a trip to buzzing Brighton—just over 50 miles west of Camber Sands. Fill your time flitting between bohemian shops and chic restaurants, relive your youth in a vintage amusement arcade, or grab ice creams and sprawl beside the waves on Brighton’s iconic shingle beach.
Close to Natural Beauty Spots
Where is Camber Sands in relation to the South East coast’s famous green spaces and preserves? Just 7.5 miles east, you’ll find Dungeness National Nature Reserve. This wild and windswept landscape is home to 600 species of plants and offers fabulous opportunities for bird-watching along its nature trails and tucked-away hides.
Also nearby, the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a haven for hiking and cycling amid its rolling hillsides, flower-filled meadows and secluded valleys. This quintessential slice of English countryside feels wonderfully remote, but its borders are just 4.5 miles from Camber Sand’s golden shores.
Convenient Local Travel Links
Rail: The village of Camber is 4.5 miles from Rye station, where the Marshlink and Javelin lines provide access to London St Pancras Station in about one hour. There are also quick and easy rail links to major towns on the south coast, including Brighton, Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings.
Road: The M25 is within 45 miles and easily reached by the A21. Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Ashford, Eastbourne, Canterbury and the Channel Tunnel are all within 35 miles by road.
Onward Travel: Ashford International is 20 miles away with train links to Paris and the rest of Europe.
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