Romney Marsh has five of the finest beaches in Kent with sandy beaches at Dymchurch, Greatstone and St Mary's Bay, and the shingle beaches at Dungeness and LIttlestone.
The three sandy beaches meet the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) 2013 Good Beach minimum standards of water quality for bathing, with two, Dymchurch and St Mary's Bay achieving the “recommended” grade – the MCS’s standard for excellent water quality. [Greatstone was not tested]. All these sandy beaches are suitable for beach games, sunbathing, swimming etc.
Dungeness beach is the largest expanse of shingle beach in Europe and is dotted with rare plants and desert flowers. Dungeness beach is one of the most extraordinary places you can visit in Kent. The Sunday Times named Dungeness beach as one of the most scenic in the country.
Overlooked by the imposing power station and two lighthouses, the beach has a strange aura that only adds to its attraction. Anglers and birdwatchers are the main visitors.
With a pebbly shore-line, it may not be the perfect sunbathing area; however it's well worth a visit just to soak up the charming atmosphere. When venturing on a romantic stroll or a peaceful picnic, make sure you take your camera - Dungeness is packed full of potentially artistic shots and is a haven for wildlife.
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Dymchurch is well known for its glorious beach which attracts many thousands of visitors every year. The sandy beach is quite flat and stretches from north to south for over three miles, and is frequently 'washed' by the tide of the English Channel.
It provides safe sea bathing in the haven of Romney Bay and miles of fine sand to build all the castles you want, play beach sports, have a swim in the sea or just laze around. You can also enjoy a donkey ride.
The beach is very close to all the facilities of Dymchurch village, including cafes, restaurants, pubs and amusements. During the summer months there is a beach manager on hand with help and advice.
The sandy beach at Greatstone is quite flat and stretches from north to south for over two miles, and is frequently 'washed' by the tide of the English Channel.
More than anything else, the beach has been the main reason that Greatstone village exists as ever since 'going to the seaside' has been popular, Greatstone beach has drawn holiday makers from far and wide. It provides safe sea bathing in the haven of Romney Bay and miles of fine sand to build all the castles you want.
There is a council car right next to the beach, as are the public toilets. Just across the road from the beach there is a pub, a fish and chip shop, fast food outllet and convenience store.
The fresh winds that often occur in Greatstone, together with the flat sandy beach devoid of groynes, makes the beach popular with a whole range of sports that use the wind. You will find kite surfers on the sea and kite flying, kite boarding, kite buggys and land yachting on the beach. Indeed, Greatstone is deemed to be one of the finest land yachting sites in the UK.
The beach at Littlestone is which is predominently a shingle with wooden groynes and multi-coloured beach and fishermans' huts.
The beach is backed by a large grassed area, Littlestone Greens, that, together with two children play areas, are perfect for children.
There is a council car right next to the beach and just across the road from the beach there is a convenience store, a restaurant and chinese takeway. On Littlestone Greens there are public toilets and a free open air gym.
Just of the seafront at Littlestone, you can see part of one of the Mulberry Harbours used in the D-Day landings in 1944.
St Mary's Bay has a long sandy beach which stretches north to Dymchurch and south to Littlestone-on-Sea, attracting many thousands of visitors each year.
The beach provides safe bathing for most people with its fine sandy beach that goes out about half mile mile at low tide.
The bathing water quality of St Mary's Bay beach was rated as good by the Enviroment Agency for 2014.
There is a council car right next to the beach, as are the public toilets. During the summer months there is a kiosk on the beach promenade that sells hot and cold drinks and hot snacks. There are more places to eat and drink across from the beach down Jefferstone Lane.
St Mary's Bay Beach