Discovering the fine beaches on the east coast of Kent

Along the coast in the east of Kent, there is a surprising array of beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy; three of which are designated blue flag. Viking Bay, in Broadstairs, is a great example of a beach likely to accommodate the needs of most visitors, there is disabled access to the shoreline, as well as refreshment stands, on-site toilets, and the option to hire deck chairs.

Viking Bay also offers a few convenient beach shops, selling the necessary toys for families – think buckets and spades, primarily – but also more unique options such as surfing lessons, allowing you to get more than you might with a traditional trip to the beach. Concreted promenades are also a feature of some areas of coastline – such as that found at Westgate – and many are lined with bars, cafés and restaurants, often stocked with local fish.

Few counties in the UK offer both excellent beaches and beautiful and immersive countryside, but Kent is one of those that does. There are numerous cycle routes, as well as trails for hiking and walking, and there are a number of smaller waterways and rivers which showcase some rarely-seen wildlife, such as the recovering numbers of otters.

River tours in Canterbury allow you to enjoy the famous town from a boat on the waterways, whilst the Grove Ferry inn, situated in a particularly picturesque spot, serves delicious food and drink, whilst offering the option for a trip down the nearby river to a local picnic site.

The locals feel particularly lucky to have so much to appreciate right here on their doorstep. Away from the more natural places to enjoy, there is Dickens World, which has something for all the family and people of all ages, and is dedicated to the author, who lived locally in Bleak House, Broadstairs.