Kent’s picturesque coastal towns and villages are the stuff of English Heritage calendars: old-fashioned Broadstairs and medieval Sandwich, Canterbury and its cathedral.
A hidden cove and former smugglers' haunt, Botany Bay is backed by white cliffs. At low tide, you can walk south to Joss Bay, Kent's
best surfing beach. Then there’s Dungeness – Europe's largest shingle peninsula – which is bleak, eerie and strangely beautiful. And Whitstable is all about fisherman's cottages and oysters. The long beach is pebbly and dotted with beach huts, plus there are oyster stalls to enjoy in the harbour. And you’ll see spectacular sunsets here over the Isle of Sheppey.
Walking the White Cliffs of Dover is a quintessentially Kentish tradition – this four-mile walk takes in views of the famous cliffs (and France on clear days).
And with the 2011 opening of Turner Contemporary in Margate, Tracey Emin's hometown, the Kent coast is now on the map as a fashionable arty destination.169