Kent secret beaches

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You may have thought that secluded beaches with fine sand, crystal clear water and just the cry of the gulls for company were long gone, but they're not. Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the Kent coast are any number of unspoilt hidden gems where you can enjoy a little peace and quiet.

Here at the Beach Guide we have compiled a list of your favourite hidden beaches in Kent that are just far enough off the beaten track to never get too busy.

Of course escaping the crowds may not be your only reason for visiting these little known spots. Not only are they a little tricky to find and get to, they are also some of the loveliest beaches in Kent.

  • Samphire Hoe Beach © Alfred Gay | BY-SA

    1. Samphire Hoe Beach

    Dover, Kent

    Although the beach may always have been here in some form Samphire Hoe itself is a fairly recent creation. The area dates back to the 1980s and 90s when it was built using nearly 5 million cubic metres…

  • Kingsdown Beach © Oast House Archive | BY-SA

    2. Kingsdown Beach

    Deal, Kent

    Located just up the coast from the White Cliffs of Dover, Kingsdown has a secluded shingle beach, with plenty of benches suitable for picnics. At low tide some areas of sand are exposed as well as a chalk…

  • Seasalter Beach © Gordon Griffiths | BY-SA

    3. Seasalter Beach

    Whitstable, Kent

    The small town of Seasalter sits just across the mouth of the River Swale from the Isle of Sheppey. It is a fairly quiet, laid back town that spills right down to the long sand and shingle beach. Seasalter…

  • Sandwich Bay © Mike Pennington | BY-SA

    4. Sandwich Bay

    Sandwich, Kent

    This long, somewhat featureless, stretch of sand and pebble beach is backed by three golf courses and a private estate. This makes actually getting to the beach a little more complicated than it look…

  • Littlestone Beach © Ian Yarham | BY-SA

    5. Littlestone Beach

    New Romney, Kent

    The wide beach at Littlestone is largely shingle above the shoreline with wooden groynes disappearing into the sea. However, when the tide goes out a vast expanse of rippled sand is revealed. To the back…

  • The Warren Beach (Folkestone) © Ptc24 | BY-SA

    6. The Warren Beach (Folkestone)

    Folkestone, Kent

    This sandy beach, near Folkestone, has rocks and some good rock pools. The beach is quite popular with fossil hunters as over the years some interesting specimens have been found here.Behind the beach,…

  • Shakespeare Beach © John Baker | BY-SA

    7. Shakespeare Beach

    Dover, Kent

    Recently reopened after the beach's seawall was almost completely destroyed in a storm in 2015, Shakespeare Beach's long stretch of shingles is popular among locals and visitors alike. Known as a bit…

Please note: we would have preferred it if these beaches could have remained secret forever and would like to make it clear that the Beach Guide would never be the first to publish the details of any hidden beach.