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Posts Tagged ‘best beaches in Kent England’

Fish and Chips in Dymchurch, Kent, England

Posted by alainaflute on March 16, 2012

Or, in my case…hold the fish and pile on the chips! What is it about vinegar and salt that makes fried potatoes so delectable? Maybe it’s the combination of fried food with the fresh sea air in Dymchurch, Kent, England that makes this dish a seaside must-have.

Traveling down the Kentish coast from Hythe, the next beach you come to is in Dymchurch. This lovely seaside resort town has plenty to offer its visitors, including an amusement park, places to camp, and the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch Railway. Best of all, arguably, is its lovely sandy beach. On my trip to Dymchurch with friends, we hit a fish and chips place close to the sea and then walked to the beach to take in the sun and sea breezes while enjoying our feast on the seawall.

Dymchurch Beach, Looking towards Hythe (Ian Dunster/Wikimedia Commons)

For you veggies out there, you don’t have to feel left out! You can just get chips (nom, nom, nom). In my case, they were fried in separate oil from the fish. Also, for 50P you could bring your own candy bar that they will batter dip and fry. Yikes! Well, at least you won’t have to wait for that once-a-year state fair (but don’t forget about fitting into your swimsuit)!

If you’re not in the mood to eat, go on rides, fly a kite, swim, windsurf, or jet ski, you can take a ride on a donkey! No, that’s not a British insult (I think). Not only is this beach a repeat “Tidy Britain Group Seaside Award” winner, the owner that offers donkey rides on the beach in Dymchurch won an award for his donkey Sam: Best Child-Friendly Donkey 2011 (South and South East England).

Dymchurch Beach Donkey Rides (Ian Dunster/Wikipedia)

You may also remember that Dymchurch made the cut for the Top Ten Beaches in Kent! If you get the chance to drive along the Kentish coast, plan plenty of time to explore what each town has to offer. 5 miles down the road might hold a new surprise!

Read more about Dymchurch at!

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Top Ten Beaches in Kent, England

Posted by Jody on October 11, 2011

Kent, known as “The Garden of England”, has an absolutely stunning coastline. The County of Kent, located in the South East corner of England is home to the dramatic White Cliffs of Dover.  Kent’s delightful shores offer everything from wide sandy beaches to rock pools in secluded coves. According to the Kent County Council: “Kent has one of the longest and most varied coastlines in England.”

Quite impressively, the beaches of Kent have recently been certified with nine Blue Flag Awards by the non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). These international certifications are not easy to come by!  “Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 32 criteria covering the following: 1) Environmental Education and Information 2) Water Quality 3) Environmental Management 4) Safety and Services. All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time. If the criteria are not fulfilled during the season or the conditions change, the Blue Flag may be withdrawn.”

Who better to choose the Top Ten Beaches in Kent than the “Visit Kent” official website?  Here is a sampling of the best beaches in Kent:

Botany Bay, Kent, England (Photo by Le Deluge/Wikimedia Commons)

Botany Bay, Broadstairs (#1): “Botany Bay, one of Broadstairs’ quieter and more secluded sandy bays, can leave you feeling a million miles from anywhere – absolute bliss when you want to laze around and recharge your batteries! Nearby Joss Bay (#4) is more rural than Botany and offers great surfing opportunities.

Whitstable (#2): “Choose to swim, stroll or sit and enjoy the stunning sunsets on this popular beach. Looking out to sea from Whitstable, the vista feeds the imagination and takes visitors back to another age. And fresh breezes and a taste of
salt in the air whet the appetite for more of the town’s magic.”

Dymchurch, Kent, England (Photo by Ian Dunster/Wikimedia Commons)

Dymchurch (#6): “The sandy beach is the jewel in the Dymchurch crown. Stretching for miles toward Dungeness to the west and Folkestone to the east it is washed completely by the tide twice daily to leave a magnificent gently sloping strip of sand almost a 1/4 mile wide at low tide. This expanse of sand is home to Donkey Rides, Kite Surfers, Sandcastle Builders and those who like to relax.”

Rounding out the Top Ten Beaches in Kent are Deal, Main Sands (Margate), Folkstone, St Margaret’s Bay, Tankerton Slopes (Herne Bay), and Dungeness.

*Find out about Kent’s Coastal Week 2011: “The programme will run from 22 to 30 October and will focus on “Creative Coast” There are up to one hundred free or subsidised events ranging from creative workshops, beach art and boat trips to shingle sculptures and storytelling. There is something for all ages and interests.”* has everything you’ll need to plan your days at the Top Ten Beaches in Kent! Cheers!

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