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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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    Reculver, Kent

    Reculver once occupied a strategic location at the north-western end of the Wantsum Channel, between the Isle of Thanet and the Kent mainland. This led the Romans to build a small fort there at the time of their conquest of Britain in AD 43. In the 2nd century they built a larger fort, or “castrum”, called Regulbium which later was part of the chain of Saxon Shore forts. After the Romans left in the early 5th century Reculver became a landed estate of the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent. The site of the Roman fort was given over for the establishment of a monastery dedicated to St Mary in AD 669. King Eadberht II of Kent was buried there in the AD 760s. During the Middle Ages Reculver was a thriving township with a weekly market and a yearly fair, and it was a member of the Cinque Port of Sandwich. The twin spires of the church became a landmark for mariners known as the “Twin Sisters”, supposedly after daughters of Geoffrey St Clare. In the 19th century a copy of the facade at Reculver was built for the St John’s Cathedral in Parramatta, Sydney. Reculver declined as the Wantsum Channel silted up, and coastal erosion claimed many buildings constructed on the soft sandy cliffs. The village was largely abandoned in the late 18th century and most of the church was demolished in the early 19th century. Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bombs were tested in the sea off Reculver in WWII.

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  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – yes
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café – yes
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    Swalecliffe, Kent

    Swalecliffe or Hampton is further along from Tankerton and Whitstable. It’s quiet so parking is easier on weekends. It is a really good stretch to walk along on using the path and going onto the pebble beach every now and then.

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  • OK after wet weather – yes
  • Parking fee – no
  • Toilets – yes
  • Café & Pub – yes
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    Seasalter, Kent

    A great place at low tide. You can park anywhere along the shore at the Faversham side of Seasalter. CC can run around the sandy bits and in the large puddles then you can walk along the beach, or wall (she doesn’t do pebbles very well), let her run around again and she’d be dry by the time you walk back. Ok at high tide as you could still walk along some beach and the wall. Beware the grabby crabs that might bite a dog’s nose.

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    • OK after wet weather – yes
    • Parking fee – no
    • Toilets – yes
    • Café & Pub – yes

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    Tankerton and Whitstable, Kent

    Tankerton and Whitstable are favourite places to go. Whitstable is a great place to bring visitors but a little hard with a dog if you want to eat inside. There is a good fish and chips shop near the beach though. Some pubs/cafes allow dogs only Couscous isn’t best behaved when tied to a table. Tankerton beach is great, specifically at low tide when you can walk out a little way. It’s difficult to get a park by the beach but there are other car parks not too far back towards Whitstable. There is a cafe on the hill behind the loos.

    • OK after wet weather – yes
    • Parking fee – yes
    • Toilets – yes
    • Café – yes

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    Lower Higham marshes & Reculver, Kent

    After breakfast we went out to the Lower Higham marshes for a 5 km walk and after lunch we drove to Reculver for a stroll along the ruins and the sea. Couscous handled the horses and cattle on the marshes without much fuss.

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    Higham marsh horses

    Start of a Higham marsh public footpath

    Start of a Higham marsh public footpath

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    Reculver

    Birthday at Tankerton

    Couscous was one year old on Saturday. We took her to Tankerton on Sunday as it was sunny. Seems our favourite spot to take her. As it was out of season we were able to walk the whole length of the promenade with her for the first time. Lots of people stopped to rub her tummy. She was lovin’ it.

    Ruiha and Couscous

    Ruiha and Couscous

    Birthday girl

    Birthday girl

    Matthew and Couscous

    Matthew and Couscous

    We’ve been a long time updating the blog. Troy no longer lives with us. He was a lovely people dog but didn’t really relate to CC, just ignored her most of the time. As we had wanted a playmate for CC we decided he had been the wrong choice. It was a really hard decision to make but in the end I think we did the right thing as I heard yesterday that he now lives on a farm and spends his days sleeping at the back of the farm shop. Great news. We are still considering getting CC a friend but will choose a small dog. She seems to love curly haired little things so that’s something to think about.

    Days out

    Had a few days out this week with the hound. She loved her first sandy beach – I’ve never seen her so excited. She couldn’t get enough of the bloke who called her gorgeous.

    Richborough Roman fort

    Richborough Roman fort

    St Augustine Abbey

    St Augustine Abbey

    Reculver beach

    Reculver beach

    Reculver ruins

    Reculver ruins

    First time at the beach

    Today we celebrated the sunshine and took Couscous to Whitstable. She was a little worried about the water to begin with but soon got the hang of it.

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