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A weekend in... Camber Sands, East Sussex

If the colossal beach isn’t enough for you, explore the charming byways of Rye — and downright peculiar Dungeness

Low tide at Camber Sands and the beach seems endless. Not only is it a five-mile fringe to the coast, but its enormous girth is growing by the minute as the sea inches out, leaving watery streams crisscrossing the sand. There is yet more sand in the backdrop of dunes, which my son and I scramble up for a view over Rye Golf Course with its links over the sandhills. In the late-afternoon light, with just little packets of dog walkers along the sand, it feels a little like Britain’s version of the Hamptons.

It isn’t always this quiet. “It wasn’t long ago that George Clooney was here filming The Monuments Men on the beach,” the hotel receptionist later tells us. “It was packed from