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Published February 4th 2020
Whitstable is a traditional fishing town with a long beach
Whitstable is on the north coast of Kent and is one of the closest seaside towns to London. The town is a popular weekend destination with the beach being the biggest draw in warm weather and cold. It's a shingle beach protected by a series of groynes with a walkway along the back. The walkway goes on for miles joining Seasalter in one direction with Tankerton in the other.
The pebble beach at Whitstable
The Beach at Whitstable
Whitstable beach is a great place to walk with the dog. The footpath provides an even surface so you don't have to walk along the pebbles. The central part of the beach closest to the shops is owned by the Whitstable Oyster Company and they permit dogs all year round. As you walk towards Tankerton, there are restrictions for dogs between May and October.
The beach huts and traditional wooden houses at the back of Whitstable beach
Busy Section Close to Shops and Huts
The section of the beach near to the Whitstable Oyster Company restaurant is the busiest area. The wall along the back of the beach is a great place to sit and eat chips or watch the world go by. There are a couple of coffee shops and oyster shacks right on the edge of the beach here - the perfect place to eat a fresh oyster if you have never tried one.
The Forge is an oyster shack at the back of the beach.
Sunsets from The Beach at Whitstable
The beach at Whitstable looks out to the Thames Estuary with the Isle of Sheppey clearly visible. The sunsets visible from the beach are remarkable. When the weather is warmer, you'll find many people sitting on the pebbles watching the sun go down.
The sunsets seen from Whitstable Beach can be stunning
If you like it a little quieter, walk along and you will find an area to suit you. The Seasalter end is the quietest, and if you keep walking, you will reach a stretch with only one or two other people.
Parking in Whitstable can be difficult to find. There are lots of car parks but most are quite small only taking a handful of cars. There is very little free parking available due to the narrow streets, and the residential areas tend to require permits to park. The biggest car park is opposite the harbour accessed via Cromwell Street. This is the best one to head for, but you will have to pay to park.
Many of the cafes, fish and chip shops and coffee huts only take cash in Whitstable, but there are 3 cash machines in the high street.