Whitstable to Herne Bay
Enjoy a coastal walk between these two attractive Kent towns. It's a nice easy, five mile walk, using a section of the Saxon Shore Way. You can return the same way or catch a train back to Whitstable.
The route starts by Whitstable Harbour which is flanked by attractive shingle/sandy beaches. One notable feature of the town is 'The Street', a natural strip of shingle on clay bank which runs out to sea at right angles to the coast, for a distance of about 1⁄2 mile (800 m). Located to the east of the harbour, The Street is revealed only at low tide, when it is possible to walk out along it.
From the harbour you head east past Tankerton Beach with its row of expensive beach huts. The route continues past Hampton Pier and beach, before finishing at Herne Bay Pier. The town includes an impressive 2 miles (3 km) shingle beach, which has been awarded a European Blue Flag and the yellow and blue Seaside Award for its safety and cleanliness. The seafront also features a Victorian bandstand and gardens, amusement arcades, children's play areas and the world's first freestanding purpose-built Clock Tower, built in 1837.
To extend your walking in the area, you can continue east along the coast to Birchington and Margate. If you head south from Whitstable you can visit Clowes Wood. Here you will find lots of nice walking and cycling trails through mixed woodland, heathland and wet meadow.
Whitstable to Herne Bay Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Whitstable to Herne Bay Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Whitstable to Herne Bay OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Whitstable to Herne Bay Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At Herne Bay we recommend heading to the seaside Four Fathoms for some refreshments. The popular pub was voted Kent Life pub of the Year and includes a lovely courtyard garden where you can take in the wonderful fresh sea air in the sheltered surroundings. They do wonderful food and can be found on the High St, Herne Bay, with a postcode of CT6 5LH for your sat navs.