Original article from Kent Live
Kent – the Garden of England, home to stately homes, iconic coastlines, culture, heritage and diverse communities.
It's been a bit of a dreary summer so far, but at it's best, Kent is an almost uniquely beautiful place – from Leeds castle to the Cliffs of Dover, it's a picturesque slice of some of the UK's best countryside.
We're also a hotspot for dogging, apparently.
Amidst Kent's rolling hills, picturesque meadows, and natural forests, there is something a little less PG rated going on.
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Dogging, for the blissfully unaware, is the practice of having sex in public, though not totally out in the open – usually in cars, or in secluded spots frequented by those of a similar persuasion.
Usually these focus on specific areas, like car parks, laybys or isolated woodlands – and fortunately for those not wanting to stumble into an exceedingly awkward conversation – there are forums which list the spots which are frequently used by doggers.
Participants list the seedy locations in online forums, tip each off about the best places and suggest times to meet up.
Is dogging illegal?
According to Swinging Heaven, dogging is a predominantly British activity that involves outdoor exhibitionism in car-parks, wooded areas and the like.
But is it illegal? Short answer – no. Contrary to popular belief, there's not one explicit law against dogging.
However there are a multitude of offences anyone caught doing the dirty in public could be charged with and the police will take swift action if people start getting offended by late night antics.
You could be charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 with indecent exposure, public lewdness and gross indecency – to name a few.
With that clarified, here is the list of Kent's dogging spots – but first, a brief disclaimer.
Thankfully the research for this list has been very much restricted to digging through forum posts, and hasn't been conducted first hand.
With that in mind, don't blame us if we've accidentally put a bad name on your favourite local car park – or have missed a backroad you discovered was much more than just a traffic jam shortcut.
– Orlestone Wood
– Singleton Lake Car Park
– King's Wood
– Joss Bay
– Norman Park
– Clowes Wood
– Sturry Road
– Dartford Common
– Beacon Wood Country Park
– Walmer Castle car park
– St Margaret's Bay
– Kearsney Abbey Car Park
– Western Heights
– Cornwallis Avenue, Aylesham
– Brenley Lane
– Crete Road West
– Lower Sandgate Road
– Riverside County Park
Isle of Sheppey
– Leysdown Naturist Beach
– Memorial Park, Herne Bay
– Cobtree Manor Country Park
– Penenden Heath
– Staplehurst train station
– Turkey Mill
– Jubilee Park
– Car park at the bottom of the cliff
– Lay-by on the Gravesend Road
– Sandwich Bay
– Andrews Woods, Sevenoaks
– Otford Cemetery car park
– Shoreham Woods
– Church Woods, West Kingsdown
– Swanley Park
– Toys Hill car park
– Edenbridge church car park
– Holly Hill
– Tenterden Leisure Centre car park (used as a pick up spot)
– Haysden Country Park
– St Mary's Lane
– Manor Park Country Park, West Malling
– Wrotham Road car park
– Southborough Common
– Matfield public toilets
– The car park behind Brenchley Sports Club
– Matfield Green