The South East coastline is beautiful, but can be a dangerous place. We want all locals and visitors to enjoy the area safely so please do take a moment to explore this page and be aware of some of the local safety information and hazards.

 

Here are a couple of examples of popular local beach areas – before and after the tide comes in. It’s important to understand the risks of not being aware of the rising tides, as these images show …

This view of Cliff End shows a low tide, with a rocky beach. Quite aside from the fact that walking along under cliffs is not recommended due to the eroding cliff-face, this part of the beach is notoriously dangerous for a fast incoming tide which cuts off access to safety.

This photo shows a close up of the same Cliff End area as a fast moving tide comes in. The rocky beach is now under water, with the waves already coming high up the sheer face of the cliff. You can just about see how big the rocks are at the base of the cliff, very dangerous environment for losing your footing or end up in the water.

This photo shows how the rising tides can catch you out if you’re not aware. Sandbanks are formed by fast rising tides and can quickly put people in the situation of being stranded – note the distance between this sandbank and the safety of the beach, with a stretch of deep tidal water in between. There are stretches like this all along the Camber, Rye Harbour, Winchelsea Beach and Pett Level, so always check the tide times in advance so you are aware of when the tide will be turning.

This view of Rye Harbour to Camber shows how far and how fast the tide can come in along this stretch, with deep water and tidal currents. Always be aware of beach safety guidance, tide times and weather conditions when visiting UK beaches.

Safety and information signs from across the Pett Level beach area across towards Rye Harbour. Please click onto any image to enlarge and read …