Original article from Kent Live
The guide is “the most comprehensive and exhaustively researched” catalogue of the British coast and somehow the beauty of Kent's coastline wasn't enough to make the cut.
However, the competition was fierce, with over 800 beaches reviewed in the process.
The task wasn’t dealt with lightly, with car parking, lifeguard cover, wheelchair access, tide characteristics, loo cleanliness – even the price of a 99 – all taken into consideration.
Of course, the intangibles such as friendliness, beauty and vibe, were also reviewed.
Kent’s coastline may not resemble some of the dreamy European beaches – but there are several gems along the coastline that deserve the recognition.
That’s not to say they go entirely uncelebrated, with several beaches including Whistable beach, Isle of Grain Beach and Dungeness East named among the best beaches by Conde Nast Traveller.
Dungeness, Deal and Broadstairs were also ranked by Which? as Kent's best seaside towns.
If you fancy a change of scenery and would like to visit one of the famed beaches, there are three beaches in Sussex which made the list.
The best Sussex beaches in England
Eastbourne, East Sussex
Holywell Retreat, is the most tranquil part of Eastbourne seafront, tucked away beneath the white chalk cliffs.
The beach is particularly beautiful at low tide, when a large expanse of sand is revealed, providing a popular spot for rock pooling.
The beautiful gardens bring something special to Holywell, with both Helen Gardens and the Italian Gardens providing a place to relax away from the beach.
Holywell Tea Chalet is directly on the beach, which has a large dog-friendly outdoor seating area.
The Sunday Times said: “Eastbourne’s littoral stretches four miles from Langney Point in the east to Holywell Retreat in the west, and it’s at this end — on the shingle beneath the Italian Gardens — that you’ll find sanctuary in East Sussex.
“This throwback to the Edwardian era derives its name from a long-gone spring of holy water more than adequately replaced by the Holywell Tea Chalet.
“There’s easy access to the concrete prom, where a row of beach huts leads into wilder country at the foot of dazzling white chalk cliffs capable of burning your back when you’re facing the sun.
“The rock-pooling is good here, and the swimming a delight, but you’ll need shoes to make a dignified exit from the pebble-strewn sea.”
Near Littlehampton, West Sussex
Climping Beach in Atherington, between Littlehampton and Bognor Regis, is a true hidden gem.
The beach is wonderfully secluded, even on a hot summer's day – which is hard to come by in Sussex.
The beautiful rural beach stretches for miles and is a mix of sand and shingle.
With a car park, a cafe onsite and dogs allowed on the beach, it makes for a perfect family day out.
The Sunday Times said: "Down the lane from Climping, past the Bailiffscourt Hotel, lies a quiet stretch of beach rich in that rarest of West Sussex beach treasures: sand. It’s not evident at high water, when it looks like another stretch of shingle, but as the tide goes out past the berm-like offshore beach defences, the gold is revealed.
"That gives you six hours to build a sandcastle before the Channel comes rushing back in. Service at the little café at the back of the car park seems dependent on the mood of the staff, but if you catch them in good humour the cakes and sandwiches are tasty and there are plenty of tables on the grassy foreshore."
Near Chichester, West Sussex
Church Norton beach is in a remote location, six miles south of Chichester in the Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.
It is another quiet stretch of the coast and even has an area where naturists are welcome.
The Sunday Times said: "With 1,500 acres of tidal mudflats that haven’t drained, Pagham Harbour offers a tiny, beautiful stretch of the West Sussex coast as it was before development, providing a break in an urban sprawl that would otherwise stretch from Selsey Bill to Bognor’s back end.
"In medieval times there were three ports in this harbour — Charlton, Wardur and Wyderinges — and even earlier this could have been the location of Cymensora, where the Saxons came ashore in AD477 and put the Britons to flight or the sword. Park at the RSPB car park in Church Norton, walk past the cemetery to the harbour, then turn right to follow the path down to a steep beach of shell and shingle cutting off the harbour from the sea.
"East towards Pagham is more exposed and Dungeness-like; west takes you to some lovely picnic spots sheltered by the wooden breakwaters."