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    Rye Harbour
(Nature Reserve and unspoilt beaches)

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Rye Harbour is a fairly modern village being built in its present location about 1800 on the shoreline , nowadays the sea is another 3/4 miles south.

The village was built for the Excise men and harbourmaster at Rye to carry out their duties, and for the fishermen to land their catches.

Rye Harbour was part of the Napoleonic defenses of England in the early 1800's and a Martello tower was built here to defend the entrance to Rye from invasion by Napoleon .

The current village sports a holiday village for those souls who wish to explore the Romney Marsh and enjoy the unspoilt beaches between Rye Harbour and Pett .

Rye Bay Nature Reserve can also be found in the vicinity which provides a wide variety of wildlife to view.

To the west lies the old fortification originally known as Winchelsea Castle and nowadays Camber Castle . This was built by Henry VIII in 1539, on a spit of land which stuck out into the sea, to defend the entrance to Rye and Winchelsea harbours. The castle was very nearly demolished in 1626 by Charles I as its upkeep was deemed unnessary due to the castle now lying 2 miles inland and away from the sea.

Today is is supported by English Heritage and is available to visit on foot from Rye Harbour Nature Reserve .


The village has a few local services including a public house.

The nearest shopping centre is in historic Rye about 3 miles inland, which also has trains which cross the Romney Marsh from Hastings to Ashford .


The harbour area is very interesting with the coastguard station a public house, and fishing vessels. The views across to the holiday village of Camber are very pretty.

The nature reserve is a must for those amongst us who enjoy peaceful views of wildlife.

Access to Camber Castle which was built by Henry VIII to prevent attack from the french, is via the village.

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