A couple of weeks back we had a day out in Herne Bay and Whitstable on the North Kent coast. Both towns are very special to me having spent many a happy holiday with my parents during my early childhood.
My Uncle had a caravan, very basic, on a park near to the cliffs between Herne Bay and Reculver. The summers were long and hot (especially in 1975 and 76) and the memories are warm.
The beach at Herne Bay is long and pebbly, in recent years the local Council has worked hard to improve the seafront and it now has a small harbour beside the pier. The Pier was split in two after storms in the 60’s and 70’s. The original Pavillion was destroyed by fire to be replaced by a monstrous carbuncle of a sports centre. Thankfully this was removed and the pier is now home to small chalets hosting local businesses and a fun fair.
Whitstable is a thriving fishing town, home of the Whitstable Oyster Company it is fast becoming known as a go to destination for Hipsters and Islingtonites. Sadly locals are being priced out of the market with the old town fast becoming gentrified by commuting Londoners.
With a great choice of restaurant sand attractions both towns are thriving. They are also extremely clean and tidy. I look forward to many more trips down the M2 and Thanet Way to these gems on the North Kent Coast