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The quiet town with a massive sand beach and dunes that stretch for miles

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Original article from Kent Live

When shortlisting sandy beaches for a day out, most people in Kent will probably think of somewhere like Camber Sands.

Or maybe the collection of beaches around Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs dubbed the Kentish Riviera.

But what must be Kent's sandiest area of all sits next to a much quieter town over on the Romney Marsh.

Greatstone has a massive sandy beach, and dunes that stretch for miles.

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The journey time is also around 15 minutes shorter if you're coming down the coastal road than the more popular (and therefore busier) Camber Sands in Sussex.

And you definitely won't feel let down in terms of sand.

At low tide, the beach is so vast it's a journey in itself just to get across it to the sea.

It's also long, stretching for over two miles, with sandy, shrubby dunes running parallel at the back for most of it.

The fresh winds in Greatstone, together with the flat sandy beach without groynes, mean it's also popular for sea spots like kite surfing, kite flying, kite boarding, kite buggys and land yachting.

For the rest of us, there is a council car park next to the beach, and also some public toilets.

Just across the road there is a pub, a fish and chip shop, fast food outlet and convenience store.

And that's pretty much it in terms of amenities.

The Jolly Sailor pub is one of the few amenities around

The lack of these is probably why the place remains significantly quieter than other spots up and down the coast.

Almost all other property is residential, with bungalows either side of the main coastal road, several rows deep on the inland side.

It's also a relatively new settlement.

Most of Greatstone is residential – on either side of the main road

Apparently in the 1920s it was barely one at all, with just a handful properties mainly used as holiday homes.

More widespread development came in the 1960s and 1970s, but this was still some time after the British seaside's heyday – perhaps another reason for the lack of amenities.

Yet it makes up for it with its stunning, serene beauty.

Greatstone lies next to Dungeness Nature Reserve

It also lies right next to Dungeness Nature Reserve, another achingly beautiful area that provides habitats for wildlife you don't see anywhere else in the UK.

And for those who want something a little more to do for the kids, there's a huge play area just a couple of minutes down the road in neighbouring Littlestone.

There's also an entire funfair and amusements park a bit further down again, in Dymchurch.

In Greatsone itself, the paradise of sand should be enough to keep them occupied for at least a few hours.

Meanwhile you'll probably be glad to be somewhere a little quieter.

For now at least.

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