Walking Group - Swalecliffe, 6 February 2020
This week the group took the opportunity to visit one of Kent's great coastal walks.
Leaving Leybourne at 9.30am we arrived at 10.10am in a great parking spot in Marine Crescent near to St Swithin's Road. (Ref: 51.36509N, 1.05665E)
The weather was bright,cold (between 6oC and 8oC) and without a breeze. The sea was calm without discernable waves, it was almost mirror like.
Gearing up, we headed west towards Whitstable along Tankerton Beach. We followed the beachside walk from Tankerton Bay Sailing Club, passing the myriad of beach huts.
We passed The Bubble Cafe, apparently it is Greek inspired! and continued onwards to Whitstable Harbour. There is a great deal of regeneration work going on next to the Fish Market ahead of the summer season.
We continued, passing the RNLI Station, The Whitstable Oyster Company and The Pearsons Arms, before turning left at The Old Neptune and heading east into Island Wall and then south into The High Street. What a great selection of older shops amongst the more modern interlopers. The is a butcher, a bakery and two fruit and vegetable shops.
We found a wall mural in the style of Banksy showing a person who had probably never been to the town.
We walked east along Harbour Street, heading towards the Fish Market. Passing the Hotel Continental we took the right fork into Beach Walk to make the climb towards the main road.
We continued east along Marine Parade, admiring the beautiful houses that lined the south of the road and were slightly envious of their fantastic outlook.
Eventually we neared our destination, The Sea View Cafe.
Hot drinks, cakes and for one participant the best sausage sandwich in the world. That will be re-examined on the next visit.
In all we walked 4.1 miles at a very slow pace, mainly due to the window shopping in the town centre. It was a great day out, we are thankful for the fantastic weather. We will return.