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Posts Tagged ‘Kent England beach’

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 dymchurchonline.com!

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Beautiful Hythe, Kent, England

Posted by alainaflute on March 2, 2012

When I lived in the lovely Kentish countryside several years ago (studying flute), we (Trevor Wye and the Studio goers) took a weekly trip to Hythe. We haunted two places: Waitrose and the fish market. I wasn’t big into the fish market (actually, I never went in). Instead, I always headed down to the beach, which was only a few feet away—talk about a fresh catch!

The English Channel is a magnificent, albeit chilly, body of water. The beach at Hythe is made of orange/brown colored rocks and pebbles, and the wind is always blowing. I would stand there and soak up the sea’s energy, always rotating to avoid the chill! However, this was just a small taste of what Hythe has to offer.

Hythe Beach (photo by Peter Trimming, geograph.org.uk/Wikimedia Commons)

Hythe is a lovely seaside village with everything you would expect of a cozy English beach town: beautiful medieval and Georgian buildings, a seafront promenade, and restaurants that sell fish and chips. It boasts other interesting features, including the Royal Military Canal that was built to repel invasion during the Napoleonic wars. Shaded by trees and filled with ducks, a walk along this canal provides a peaceful escape. You can also hop a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

Hythe Beach. With Sandgate in the background. (Photo by Andy Potter, geograph.org.uk/Wikimedia Commons)

According to Wikipedia, the word Hythe or Hithe is an Old English word meaning Haven or Landing Place. I would have to agree! Hythe certainly gives off a peaceful vibe that can be best described as “lovely.”

You can read more about Kent at enjoyEngland.com. Enjoy your day at the beach! Cheerio!

Royal Military Canal, Hythe, Kent (Photo by Ian Dunster/Wikimedia Commons)

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