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Whitstable West Beach - Kent

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Whitstable's West Beach is a long stretch of shingle divided up by wooden groynes. It runs from just south of the town's harbour to neighbouring Seasalter, a distance of around a mile.

Despite the lack of sand Whitstable is still a fantastic spot. It represents the best of the traditional British seaside; not piers and donkey rides, but quirkiness and charm. There are beach huts, weatherboard cottages, fishing boats pulled up on the beach and the Neptune pub sits practically on the beach. There are a few other places to grab a bite to eat along the beach too, including the Whitstable Oyster Company restaurant if you fancy something a little upmarket.

Whitstable beach is popular for windsurfing and sailing, with the Whitstable Yacht Club located at the northern end.

To top this all off Whitstable beach faces west meaning it is a great place to catch a sunset.

Please note: Whitstable is privately owned by the Whitstable Oyster Fishery company and although the public use the beach access is by permission of the oyster company to allow us to restrict access for our commercial activities. Any queries should be directed to the Oyster Company.

Type of beach

Shingle

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are permitted on the beach.

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Activities

  • Sailing
  • Wind surfing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Beach hut hire
  • Slipway

Nearest town

Whitstable

Postcode

CT5 1FB

OS grid ref.

TR 1027 6642

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