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Wild Rye: Discover Our Wetland Wildlife

Marsh Frog

Disabled Access

The Nature Reserve and birdwatching hides are open at all times along a network of footpaths. Entry is free.

There is a free car park at Rye Harbour and toilets 80 metres away, with adapted facilities for disabled visitors. A RADAR key is needed for access and is available from your local council.

Information Centres

In the car park there is an unmanned kiosk with information displayed in the windows.

At Lime Kiln Cottage, some 450 metres from the car park, there is an Information Centre that is opened by volunteers 10am – 5pm (10am – 4pm October to March) and provides free guides and some sales items and an “Information Touch Screen”. It is accessible to most wheelchairs.

Birdwatching Hides

  • John Gooders Hide – fully accessible.
  • Guy Crittall Hide – fully accessible.
  • Ray Parkes Hide – accessible to electric wheelchairs and scooters and some manual wheelchairs.
  • Steve Denny Hide – accessible to electric wheelchairs and scooters and manual wheelchairs.
  • Ken Halpin Hide – accessible to electric wheelchairs and scooters; path not easy for manual wheelchairs.


From the car park a private tarmac road leads down to the River Mouth for some 1200 metres. Along this route there are regular (approx. 100m.) refuges with seating for you to stop and rest.

The Information Centre is 450m. from the car park, then the John Gooders Hide is another 250m. and the Guy Crittall Hide, Ray Parkes Hide and Steve Denny Hide are a further 1500m. These hides give excellent close views of breeding seabirds, ducks and waders and much, much more. The Ken Halpin Hide is close to Camber Castle and overlooks Castle Water giving good views of ducks, Cormorant, Marsh Harrier and Bittern.


WARNING – the private road is used by some vehicles, especially mid-week during the winter, so please use the refuges along the road to give them plenty of room to pass.


The Beach Reserve with its long tarmac road is particularly suitable for wheelchairs and we do have manual and electric ones for hire. Click here for details. Electric and some manual wheelchair users can get around the short circular route that takes in Lime Kiln Cottage, River Mouth and the Gooders, Parkes and Denny Hides.


We know how difficult it can be to find suitable accommodation, so we have drawn up a list of 9 places that may be suitable for your needs. Download the list here and then find out more about each place here.

Other Developments

Plans are in progress to improve the paths. Please let us know if you can suggest any improvement that would improve your access to the reserve... You can click here to let us know.