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Norfolk

We spent a couple of days in Norfolk recently so Couscous could have a bit of a run round on the sand. She loved the puddles on the way to the sea line at Holkham.

A rough little video of CC at Sea Palling

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Cromer

Holkham

Holkham

Holkham

Holkham

Mundesley

Mundesley

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Sea Palling

 

 

Leysdown-on-sea, Kent

We wanted to avoid the traffic over most of Kent, as it has been so horrendous lately with Operation Stack. So we went to Leysdown-on-sea on the Isle of Sheppey – via a slight detour towards Maidstone to avoid a congested area on the M2. A hot, sunny Sunday made it perfect beach weather. We got fish and chips in the town and ate them on the beach before going for a stroll.

  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – in town
  • Café – in town

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Christmas 2014 (inc. Hadleigh Castle and Teston bridge)

We went out four days in a row, to new and familiar places. Here are a couple of photos from the festive period, in which Couscous shows off her new (green) and older (pink) jackets.

New blanket for Christmas

New blanket for Christmas

Hadleigh Castle – a ruin that is easily accessed. There appears to be a few walks nearby the property which we hope to investigate another time.

  • OK after wet weather – no
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – no
  • Café – no
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    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Xmas Day Hadleigh Castle

    Chartwell again on Boxing Day

    Chartwell again on Boxing Day

    Teston Bridge Country Park – There is a path along the river that goes into Maidstone which would be worth a try in warmer/better weather (the river was swollen when we went). There is a huge field of grass with picnic tables so good for families and you are allowed to BBQ (byo).

  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – yes
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café – maybe?
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    Teston Bridge lock (day after Boxing Day)

    Teston Bridge lock (day after Boxing Day)

    Medieval Teston Bridge (day after Boxing Day)

    Medieval Teston Bridge (day after Boxing Day)

    St Margaret's near Teston (day after Boxing Day)

    St Margaret's near Teston (day after Boxing Day)

    Swalecliffe coastline (day after the day after Boxing Day)

    Swalecliffe coastline (day after the day after Boxing Day)

    Whitstable again

    The weather has been fabulous this week so I took CC off to Whitstable yesterday morning. Note to self: get there before midday or there’ll be no parking, even during the week.

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    Herne Bay, Kent

    We’ve done this area before, although last time when we parked at Hampton pier we went the other direction. Today we walked towards Herne Bay.

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    Isle of Sheppey, Kent

    On the Isle of Sheppey we stopped first at the sea front at Sheerness, parking near the Neptune Snooker Hall. There is a good path around the coast and at low tide there is a sandy bit. Dogs are allowed all year round. Further around is the sea front at Minster which is more popular and you can swim – which means no dogs on the beach in the summer months (but it’s a pebble beach anyway). There are no public loos but there are pieces of gym equipment all along the path for everyone to use and further up there are beach huts (we’ll check those out next time).

    There is a pub and cafe along this stretch and local shops not too far away. Here we saw identical twins in their 60s walking arm in arm and wearing exactly the same outfit from head to toe (hair colour and style, sunglasses, handbags, clothes and shoes).

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  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – no (not public as such)
  • Café/Pub – yes
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    Folkestone, The Warren, Kent

    A sandy beach that allows dogs all year round. We parked for free on Wear Bay Rd then followed a path behind the restaurant (friendly staff, take away coffee and bathrooms), past the martello tower and through the bushes, along a well trodden path, to get to a concrete path along the beach.

    It was a little weird as there were people camped right by the path/on the beach, screaming and swearing at their kids who were too close to the edge of the path (at this point there is a bit of a fall to the beach – the girl was also in pink pyjamas). Further down it is easy to get to the beach and although others were camping the beach widens out so you don’t have to go near the tents. Luckily there was a pipe with clean water flowing as I forgot Couscous’s water bottle but otherwise there are bins and nothing else. There appeared to be a camping ground behind the bushes but it wasn’t signposted so who knows. Nice view of chalk cliffs and generally a good half-day trip.

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  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café – yes
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    Camber and Dungeness, Kent

    We drove to sandy Camber late on a Saturday and got there just as many were leaving. Still it was busy and we parked just past Camber village on the side of the road. It’s a bit pebbley but the water’s edge is sandy so Couscous went wild. We then drove round to Dungeness which has a lovely, cosy feel. There is a path over the reserve area to allow the sea cabbages to grow. It’s very stoney so we didn’t go past the end of the path. I have been told that if you leave your car there it may be broken into – as you have to walk some distance to get to the water so cars aren’t ‘supervised’. You’d be ok on weekends but out of season may be different.

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  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café – yes
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    Epple Bay, Kent

    There is a concrete path by the sea from Grenham Bay to Epple Bay and once you get to Epple Bay (quite small but sandy) dogs are allowed on the sand all year round. Further round towards Westgate on Sea dogs are not allowed on the sand in the summer but, again, there is a concrete path to wander along. You can park along the road at Grenham Bay. It is a weird walk but I liked it. It’s as though there were fortifications that are now disbanded so it has a rough appeal. We walked back around the houses with ease.

    See Couscous play on the beach – click here for a small video.

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  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – no
  • Café – no
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    Tankerton again

    OK so we like Tankerton – even when it’s cold…

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