Beaches


Visitor information

From building sand castles at Sunny Sands, hunting for fossils at the Warren, to kitesurfing at Greatstone, the 26 miles of the district's beaches offer something for everyone

Parking

Use the link to find out about parking in the district and locate the most convenient car park for your day at the beach.

Parking in the district

Beach safety

Visit the sites listed in the useful links section of this page, which provide information on how to ensure your trip to the beach is not only enjoyable, but safe:

  • the RNLI has a lot of information regarding general beach safety. They also have advice regarding other water based activities, such as kitesurfing, bodyboarding, and yachting. The RNLI have lifeboat stations at The Varne in Littlestone and at Dungeness, which are often open to visit
  • Cancer Research UK has in-depth information on how to protect yourself from sunburn and heat exhaustion including important points like wearing sunscreen, drinking water, and avoiding the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm
  • Kent County Council has resources and useful links on staying safe in hot weather
  • the Royal Lifesaving Society has a lot of important information if you are going to take a dip in the district's waters

In addition, look out for, and pay attention to, any warning signs that you see when you visit the beach.

Keep our beaches beautiful

When visiting one of the district's beaches, follow the motto to 'take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints':

  • make sure you have bags with you to take home any rubbish from the beach. This is the easiest way to stop rubbish making its way onto our beaches
  • if you see a full litter bin, you can report it online
  • when rock pooling, leave any creatures where you find them
  • consider other people using the beach

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs produces the Countryside Code, providing general information for enjoying the great outdoors, a lot of which is applicable to our beaches.