Beaches

Herne Bay’s two miles of beaches offer a fantastic variety of activities to suit absolutely everyone.

The Central Beach, which extends from the Pier towards the beach huts and Hampton, provides safe family swimming with lifeguards in attendance through the summer weekends and holidays.  Dogs are banned here from May to September and this beach has been awarded either a blue flag or quality coast award for the past ten years.  Along the promenade behind the Central Beach, you will find shops selling ice cream, fish and chip, beach toys and inflatables as well as cafés and traditional seaside arcades.  Throughout the summer there are trampolines and bouncy castles near the pier.

To the east of Neptune’s Arm carpark, the rural beach extends past Kings Hall underneath the Downs and East Cliff.  The Herne Bay Sailing Club has is clubhouse here and the shallow waters are great for kayaking.   This area is popular with walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and serious swimmers.  Dogs are allowed on this beach throughout the year.

If you keep walking along the coastal path for approximately three miles you will arrive at Reculver Country Park, a site of special scientific interest.  On the way you will pass through Bishopstone Glen and past the sandstone cliffs which provides nesting places for sand martins and the beaches famous for fossils and sharks teeth.