Greatstone: the peaceful town of Kent with a huge sandy beach and dunes that stretch for miles
When shortlisting sandy beaches for a day, most people in Kent will probably think of a place like Camber Sands.
Or maybe the collection of beaches around Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs nicknamed the Kent Riviera.
But what must be the sandiest area in Kent sits next to a much quieter town on Romney Marsh.
Greatstone has a huge sandy beach and dunes that stretch for miles.
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Travel time is also about 15 minutes shorter if you take the coastal road than the more popular (and therefore busier) Camber Sands. Sussex.
And you certainly won’t feel disappointed when it comes to the sand.
At low tide, the beach is so vast that it is a journey in itself just to cross it to the sea.
It is also long, stretching over two miles, with sand and shrub dunes parallel to the rear for the most part.
Greatstone’s cool winds, along with the flat sand beach without groynes, mean that it is also popular for sea spots like kite surfing, kite flying, kitesurfing, kite buggies and charioting. sailing.
For the rest of us, there is a municipal parking lot next to the beach, as well as a public toilet.
Just across the road there is a pub, fish and chips, fast food and convenience store.
And that’s about it in terms of amenities.
The lack of these is probably the reason why the place remains a bit quieter than other places along the coast.
Almost all of the other properties are residential, with bungalows on either side of the main coastal road, several deep rows on the interior side.
It is also a relatively new regulation.
Apparently in the 1920s it was barely one, with only a handful of properties primarily used as vacation homes.
More widespread development occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, but it was still some time after the heyday of the British seaside – perhaps another reason for the lack of amenities.
Still, it makes up for it with its serene and breathtaking beauty.
It also sits right next to Dungeness Nature Reserve, another area of painful beauty that provides habitats for wildlife not found anywhere else in the UK.
And for those who want something for the kids, there’s a huge playground just minutes away, in the nearby town of Littlestone.
And the whole fun fair and amusement park further down in Dymchurch.
In Greatstone itself, the sand paradise should be enough to keep them occupied for at least a few hours.
Forget the castles.
People can build whole towns with the money they have in this beautiful little corner of Kent.