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Haven’t been here for a while but with Gravesend being in the top 20s, temperature wise, for the past weeks (how long is it now…) we thought Couscous could do with a dip in the sea. We were introduced to another wire-haired on the walk.
(I thought this area was Swalescliffe but it’s more Hampton.)
We found South Wales to be the most dog-friendly place we’ve been to, especially Barri Island. Here she is enjoying the sunshine both at Barri Island and Dunraven Bay and making herself comfortable in the bunker.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.