The Kent coast is a 350-mile stretch of chalky white cliffs, sandy beaches, shingle bays, vibrant coastal towns and, above all, glorious views stretching out across the Channel.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a family looking for a day of ice creams and sandy beaches. A walker looking for some windswept cliff-top jaunts, or a thrill-seeker looking for a great place to have a go at some water sports. The Kent coast has it all so come and explore.
For those who want a little more action, you’ll find towns like Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate offer plenty more than lively seaside resorts. The range of walking routes, surfing beaches and cycle paths along the magnificent 32-mile Viking Coastal Trail might just have you lacing up your walking boots, reaching for your surfboard or getting back in the saddle.
There are various bays and coves on this corner of Kent, many are family friendly, some have tidal pools and others are just great for exploring – Botany Bay, Broadstairs. Joss Bay, Broadstairs. Walpole Bay, Margate.
If you’re looking for elegant restaurants, quirky seaside towns and boutique hotels, Kent has it covered. Lose yourself along Sandwich and Deal’s winding streets and discover independent shops and restaurants. Not to mention beautiful beaches like St Margaret’s at Cliffe.
The Isle of Sheppey is a haven for coastal jaunts, with striking scenery, wonderful beaches and unique wildlife. Transport yourself back to the good old days with a trip to one of the scenic beaches. Don’t forget to saddle up and take on one of two family cycle rides. Or head east along the coast and you’ll reach Herne Bay. A paradise for families, with miles of long sandy beaches, a bandstand and its very own pier. Don’t miss a visit to the medieval ruins of Reculver Towers if you are over on this coast.
Further along on the North Kent coast, Whitstable is a cultural and gastro hub. Offering restaurants and elegant bars, and don’t forget those famous oysters!
Explore the south side of the county and discover beautiful sandy beaches, like those in Folkestone. Take a stroll along the popular Harbour Arm, which hosts a range of independent small businesses, ranging from food, drink, music and even an artisan market. Wander and or even cycle along the England Coast Path to explore the long stretches of beaches from Sandgate and Hythe to Dymchurch.
Nature At The Coast
The Kent coast is also home to a range of glorious National Nature Reserves and fantastic wildlife habitats. Take a walk along the truly unique and windswept Samphire Hoe. Home to a variety of wildlife, all sat beneath the famous Shakespeare Cliff. The beautiful isolated beaches of Romney Marsh are just a stone’s throw away from the Dungeness National Nature Reserve, sat amid the intriguing and unique landscape of Romney Marsh.