On Wednesday we decided to take a walk along the beach. We’d been as far east as Tankerton, but I knew we could get ourselves all the way down to Herne Bay, so we set off in the morning with the intention of eating lunch once we got to Herne Bay.
It was a gorgeous day — not too cool, but not hot, with sunny skies and the occasional cloud cover. The route is extremely easy as it’s all paved boardwalk next to the beach, with the exception of a short bit in the middle which goes over the salt marshes. We passed lots of beach huts, some really pretty stretches of beach, and arrived in Herne Bay with a big appetite!
Herne Bay is a much bigger town than Whitstable, with lots and lots of shops, a waterfront with lots of arcades and ice cream stands, and some interesting diversions for the kids. There was an AMAZING playground just off the beach as we approached the edge of town. We didn’t stop, but you can bet we’ll be back soon. We ate at a cozy cafe/ice cream parlour inside the Bandstand. It has an indoor seating area and a protected seating area outside, in front of a little stage. (In the distance, you can see the clock tower, a famous landmark.) Lunch was baguette pizza for the kids and chicken curry with mango chutney for mom and dad. (And, of course, ice cream or desert.)
We then walked through the rest of the town’s waterfront, encountering another playground (this time the kids played for a while), and a really cool wooden sculpture of what we think was meant to be a whale’s skeleton, next to a giant pirate’s treasure chest!
The kids both had brief naps in the stroller and we hopped on the bus home, which only took about 20 minutes. It was a great way to spend a day.