experience the beautiful coastal landscapes
Fall in love with the seafront
The charming coastal bays of the South East are hardly short of character. Stretching across a vast 300km coastline are a mix of sandy and pebbled beaches market towns filled with history and charm. Enjoy a picturesque stroll through the famous sandy dunes of Camber or stunning shoreline of St Mary’s Bay which seems to extend off into the horizon.
Take a short trip East to the beautiful pebbled market town of Whitstable where you can explore the many antiquities the town has to offer. And, as the sun sets, feast yourselves on platters of freshly caught shellfish whilst admiring the view from the harbour arm.
A few miles up the coast you will find the village of Sandwich and the aforementioned Royal St. Georges Golf Club. Founded in 1887 and ranked as one of the finest golf courses within the UK, it has racked up 14 open championship events over the past 25 years and had plans to hold the next title in 2020.
Heading west into East Sussex, the culturally diverse Brighton is the stand out town in the area. With its’ vast pier jutting out into the Channel and the world famous Brighton Lanes, known for their alluring art culture, it is no wonder the town sees thousands of tourists year after year. Filled with bustling shops and small market stalls, the town becomes a hive of exciting activity.
Whether it is traditional fish and chips, or fine seafood cuisine you’re after, the South East’s coastline has it all. Dine at the intimate Michelin starred restaurant ’64 degrees’ in Brighton, or the ultra-chic ‘Rocksalt’ restaurant and boutique hotel in Folkestone, both offering stunning panoramic views out over the water. Or, if the traditional fish and chips are more your cup of tea, there is certainly no shortage of quality, locally supplied restaurants either.
In recent years, the coastal village of Hythe has also gained a reputation for being a popular seaside destination. Featuring a quaint high street nestled into the hillside, and the historic military canal, which has now become a haven for wildlife, it is clear to see why tourists flock here from all over the region. In addition to this, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Light Railway is another quirky attraction in the area. Transporting people via an old fashioned steam engine, along the coast to the lighthouse at nearby Dungeness.
The Kentish coastline holds perhaps some of the greatest draws to the area. Traditional family entertainment, fishing, water-sports or even just somewhere to unwind beneath ‘the loveliest skies in Europe’, the Kent coast has it all.
The Isle of Thanet boasts a 26-mile coastline encompassing no less than 14 sandy bays and beaches, one of which (Botany Bay) is included in the Telegraph’s Top 40 British Beaches, coming in at number 17. Another feature of the coastline in this part of the world are the numerous cycle routes. In particular, the 28-mile circular Viking Coastal Trail. Which is broken down into smaller manageable stages and takes in the best beaches, bays and cliffs in the area.