Reculver Bay

Reculver Bay, Kent

Located 3 miles east of Herne Bay, Reculver is a small, tranquil shingle beach overlooked by the ruins of a 12th century church. The unique landscape makes Reculver Bay so special. The surrounding fields lead you straight up to the beach and into the sea. Towering above are "The Twin Sisters" making a picturesque spot ideal for photographs.

Behind the ruins is a large grassy area perfect for a picnic. It provides little shade with a few small trees to shelter under. So if you're visiting on an exceptionally hot day, remember you sun hat or parasol. From here you may be able to spot some of the interesting flora and fauna that make Reculver Bay their home. In Summer, sand martins nest in the cliffs. In Winter, migratory birds gather on their journey to the Arctic Circle.

Reculver Bay, Kent

The beach is mostly shingle with a small patch of sand that becomes visible at low tide. Dogs are allowed throughout the whole year with no restrictions. The waters are shallow for a considerable stretch, making a great spot for inexperienced swimmers or those who just like to paddle - both humans and dogs.

The path that passes close to the beach is a popular route for walkers and cyclists who pass through on their way to the nearby Reculver Country Park. If you follow them, you'll discover 64-acres of coastal paths and circular walks. Despite its popularity, Reculver Bay is remarkably quiet. While the ruins get busy with visitors, the beach itself remains free of crowds.

Reculver Bay, Kent

The Reculver Towers and Roman Fort are a free to enter English Heritage site. A decent sized car park is situated across from the ruins only a short, slightly uphill walk to the beach. If you're in need of refreshments, a dog-friendly pub called The King Ethelbert Inn is opposite the car park. You'll need to head into the Reculver Country Park to find other facilities.

While you're in the area, check out my dog-friendly travel guide to Kent including all the dog-friendly beaches with no restrictions.

Photographs by Jack Spicer Adams.

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