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Camber is home to the only sand dune system in East Sussex, a stunning stretch of sandy beach providing the perfect get-away with unspoilt views of the sand and sea stretching for miles.

The gently sloping beach provides safe bathing and recreational use across a range of activities and is a very popular destination with locals and visitors. Conditions are ideal for windsurfing, powerboating trips, sailing and the ever popular kitesurfing.

The sand dunes provide a valuable natural habitat to many animals and plants. Marram Grass with its deep root system, chestnut fences and plants seen on much of the dunes helps to keep the sand in place.


It is a fact that more people use Camber Sands during the summer season, i.e. between Easter and the end of September, there is a greater risk of horses causing danger or annoyance to persons using the Sands. Therefore, horse riders are only permitted to ride at certain hours, i.e. before 8.30am or after 7:30pm between Easter and mid October. It is also always best to choose the best tide, i.e. Low tide and avoid weekends where possible.

Walking & Cycling

An informal footpath links Camber to Rye, from any of Cambers car parks head west along the dunes to the harbour arm. Once you reach the harbour arm head north along the informal footpath which runs past the private Rye Golf Club, follow the footpath past the Harbour Masters office, past Northpoint pit and up to the main road (A259). Once you have reached the A259 head west following signs to Rye town centre. Return to Camber following the informal footpath or via the shared cycle path.

Shared cycle path between Camber and Rye (Sustrans National Cycle Route 2) – The National Cycle Route 2 links Rye to Camber and offers a safe mainly off road shared cycle and footpath. Bike hire is available in Rye and cycle parking is available in western car park, central car park and Johnsons Field in Camber. NCR2 links on further to Dover to the east and Brighton to the west.


Over 250 different species of plants and animals can be found on the dunes at Camber. Look out for large flocks of feeding waters at low tide, particularly in the winter, flowering plants of the coast including sea rocket with pinky-white flowers and sea splurge with pale green leaves and clusters of tiny yellow flowers. Moths such as six spot Burnet moth and butterflies can be found on the dunes and plants at Camber.

Shells and washed up sea life that can be found on the beach including razor shells, skates egg cases often known as ‘Mermaids purse’ and empty cases of Whelk’s eggs can often be found along the sea line.

If you are lucky you may see the flash of a lizard's tail, look out for trails that the lizards leave behind in the sand, the common lizard lives on insects in the dunes. Listen out for the long tuneful song of the Skylark flying high above the dunes and watch out for the Weever Fish who lives on the sandy sea bed. When the sea goes out the Weever fish buries itself in the sand and has a ridge of sharp spikes across its back. If you tread on one the spikes can be sting you so you should seek first aid.

Why not visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve where a network of footpaths will lead you through the reserve to see a vast array of wildlife.