Original article from Kent Live
Anita Rani has named a Kent beach as her favourite part of the British coastline.
Anita, a popular presenter who has predominantly appeared on the BBC, is probably best known as a host of Countryfile,
And the TV personality, who has also appeared on The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing and Women's Hour, has been singing the praises of our county in a list of the UK's best beaches, compiled by the Times.
Though an East London resident, Anita picked an seemingly unconventional choice as her favourite UK beach, going for the stark and beautifully bleak Dungeness.
In fact, it's this "desolate" atmosphere that Anita says she so loves: "It feels like the end of the earth.
"If post-apocalyptic beauty is your vibe, then this is the place for you."
Towered over by the Dungeness Power plant, and with a remarkably flat expanse of sand, shingle and marshland, Dungeness has been often described as 'the fifth continent', in reference to how truly unique it is compared to the rest of the country.
Clearly Rani agreed, stating: "Every season brings a certain charm, but I like it grey and desolate. It’s unlike anywhere else."
Not a conventional beach location for sure, but Dungeness is nothing if not one-of-a-kind.
Dungeness was not the only beach to feature on the list however. Kingsgate also made an appearance as one of the UK's best.
Though it lacks many facilities or easy parking, this is the trade-off for a slightly more secluded and natural beach experience.
With golden sand and chalk cliffs, as well as arches and caves in the the coastline, it's quite clear as to why Kingsgate was an entry on the list.
Other beaches local to Kent that made the list are the nearby Camber Sands and Pett Level, both just across the border into East Sussex.
West Wittering also made the list – so if you're familiar with Kingsgate, or want a slightly different feel to the apocalyptic beauty of Dungeness, maybe a trip to our neighbouring county is worth the journey.