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Cranbrook village  
Folkestone harbour by night
 
Rowing boats at Hythe
 
Spring Flowers in Kent
 

 

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The word seaside, immediately conjures up images of children on the beach with ice cream and donkey rides. Kent certainly retains these traditional family beaches but there is a lot more to discover in terms of wildlife and spectacular rugged coastline for walking and an appreciation of the natural beauty in this corner of England.
 
Folkestone beach 
Folkestone cliffs


Kent has an extensive and varied coastline to suit all tastes, ages and activities. Two contact points to start from are www.thanet.gov.uk and www.whitecliffscountry.org.uk as well as the main www.kenttourism.co.uk site. There are several Blue Flag award beaches around the Kent coastline, including Birchington, Minnis Bay, Herne Bay, Ramsgate and Westgate.

For those who like to sail, there is an abundant choice of inland and coastal sailing clubs.
 
White Cliffs of Dover
 
Hythe beach  

Hythe, (old English for Harbour) as the name suggests was once the main port to France but the great storm of 1287 threw up a massive sand bank that changed the coastline in this part of Kent.
The town of Hythe is now half a mile inland but it retains the character of it's former position as head of the Cinque Ports.
Kent's closeness to France offered substantial reward to those prepared to run the gauntlet with the revenue men and smuggling became an important part of the local economy.

 

Five and twenty ponies, Trotting through the dark -Brandy for the Parson, Baccy for the Clerk; Laces for a lady, letters for a spy, And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!
Rudyard Kipling

There are many historic towns and villages with stunning beaches throughout Kent, each with it's own character and environment. From the mighty White Cliffs of Dover to the flat wetlands of the Romney Marsh, each making it's own unique contribution to the Kent coastline.

 
"Margit" (Margate) as the song goes, has long been the place where Londoners go to escape the toil and pollution of the big city and enjoy the simple pleasures of the sea air and a paddle in the health giving waters. The Kent resorts of today however,offer much more with good value restaurants and wine bars in addition to the traditional pubs with garden facilities for the whole family.

For many with young children, the beach is the focal point. Carefree days in a safe and clean environment where everybody can relax and enjoy the natural pleasures of the seaside.
 
Margate beach
 


Fishing has long been a source of income for those living along the Kent coast and you will still find today, small family owned boats launched from the beach, making their daily pilgrimage to the bountiful feeding grounds of the English channel and the Thames estuary. Many pubs and restaurants proudly display "Locally Caught Fish" on their menus and a visit to Kent would not be complete without sampling the world famous Whitstable Oyster.

For those that still yearn the days of their childhood, with ice cream and donkey's, we give you Broadstairs. Donkey rides and Punch and Judy, set in an unspoilt Victorian crescent with Bleak House standing above, where Charles Dickens would have looked down approvingly on what must have changed little since his day.

Broadstairs 
Fishing boat
 
Kent is fortunate to have some of the finest coastal nature reserves in the country. The RSPB have many sites in the area http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/canterbury/events/ and the Romney Marsh Countryside Project has appeal to all ages and interests. http://www.rmcp.co.uk/

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