A dog friendly walk from DogPeople
Whitstable and Herne Bay beaches
- Map - Explorer 149 (Sittingbourne and Faversham) & Explorer 150 (Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet)
- Distance - About 14½ miles in total - but choose your own length!
- Stiles - None
- Date walked - Frequently for the first ten years of Hamish's life
Canterbury City Council have responsibility for about 14½ miles of beach running from Cleve Marshes in the west (about 1 km from the point where the road bears inland (TR 0620 6481) to about 1 km beyond Reculver Towers in the east. The whole stretch is dog friendly in the winter but two sections are covered by Bye Law restrictions in the summer. Restrictions apply between 1 May and 30 September and prohibit dogs from specific beaches (but allow them on a lead and under control on the promenade so anyone wanting to complete the whole walk still can!). The two areas are a section of beach under Tankerton Slopes (about 700 metres in total) and Central Beach in Herne Bay (between Lane End Roundabout and the pier).
There are plenty of dog waste bins in the more populated areas nearer to the towns.
The Saxon Shore Way follows the beach or "close by it" for the whole distance. The route passes Whitstable with its many small alleys and other links to a smuggling past, the harbour (still a working and fishing harbour and home to the RNLI inshore lifeboat), the Street Stones (a geological fascination and mystery), Swalecliffe Brook (final resting place for Napoleonic Prisoners of War being smuggled home), Herne Bay and Reculver Towers (an ancient but restored landmark for mariners).
Car parking can be found 'on street' at various points along the route or in pay and display car parks in Whitstable and Herne Bay. Railway stations are available in Whitstable, Swalecliffe and Herne Bay. All are within 15 minutes walk of the beach. There is a regular bus service to Canterbury.
Hamish walks Whitstable West Beach and Saxon Shore Way regularly. A mile section featured in his regular winter morning walk. The beach is great to avoid muddy paws before work! He walks this route less in summer as he finds it hard to avoid the many temptations of human beach hut visitors like balls and barbecues! Lottie and Murphy have followed in Hamish's footsteps and can often be found on the beach for their morning walk.
If you include the Whitstable section of the beach why not call in at one of the dog friendly places to eat in our pubs and food directory?
Up to date information can be found on the Canterbury City Council website - click here.
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