The flat, mainly sandy beach at Dymchurch stretches for approximately 3 miles along the Kent coast. The beach is backed by the new, improved sea wall. Built in 2011 at a cost of £60 million, is wide enough to allow pedestrians to walk all along the beach between Hythe Military Rifle Range, to St Mary’s Bay. Care needs to be taken as the sea wall, although very wide, can get quite slippery when wet.
When the tide is out the beach along the village of Dymchurch is quite wide and it makes a good location to bring a bucket and spade to play in the sand, sunbathe, or splash about in the waves. This part of the beach can get quite busy in summer. As the beach is quite flat, the tide can come in very quickly.
Just off Dymchurch High Street, a Martello Tower (number 23) stands overlooking the beach. This was built in the early 19th century Napoleonic Wars, as part of the coastal defences against a possible French invasion. The building is now owned by English Heritage and visits can be arranged by prior appointment.
There is plenty for families with young children to do in the area. Donkey rides are organised on Dymchurch Beach in the holiday season and Dymchurch has an amusement park and a variety of resort facilities, without the village being too commercialised. In addition children will love taking a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch narrow gauge railway, which runs between Hythe and Dungeness.
Type of beach
Sand & shingle
Dogs friendly beach?
From the start of May until the end of September, dogs are not allowed on the beach between Sycamore Gardens and The Martello Car Park
- Donkey rides
OS grid ref.
TR 1053 2962
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Dymchurch Beach Reviews
Good beach for dogs
FastelectrixAug 28th 2021
You can park in the martello tower car park and the beach is right on your doorstep. The area south of the car park allows dogs all year round and our doggie loved paddling in the shallows. Dogs are not allowed on the beach north of the car park but can be walked along the promenade/sea wall. This area is good for a lunch stop as there are plenty of cafes and take aways. The area also contains the fun fair and amusment arcades. We enjoyed fish & chips from the Dymchurch fish bar and sat on one of the many benches on the prom to eat it. There is plenty of sand on the beach with pebbles towards the back. My advice is to check the tide times if you want to walk along the sand as the sea will cover it completely at high tide.