This is a quiet beach, not really one for sandcastles: like many in the area, Winchelsea Beach is composed of shingle, and when the tide is out, extensive mudflats are revealed. There are few amenities for visitors, but bird watchers will be rewarded with the sight of many bird species. The beach is also adjacent to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which has a network of footpaths for visitors to view wildlife in its shingle, mud and wetland habitats. The beach is also popular for swimming and wind surfing and there is a sea wall for walks along the waterfront. It has won a Quality Coast Award.