Original article from Kent Live
With the recent rising temperatures seeing beaches fill up around the county there is a lot to look forward to this summer.
Sandwich Bay beach is the place we’re talking about, which is a relatively short drive away from the Port of Dover and a destination for anybody heading down from Canterbury via the A28.
It is located in a private estate, and with a toll booth costing £7 for cars entering the area, it isn't popular with everybody.
We visited the beach to see if the money was worth it to spend a day there.
Finding the beach
Travelling by car is essential to finding Sandwich Bay beach, unless you live locally as you could cycle or walk in there for free.
Once in the estate it is a relatively short drive down the road, a left turn followed by another and then you have arrived.
There are plenty of spaces to park alongside the long road next to the shore, which is obviously a bonus.
Whilst most of the beach is made up of pebbles there is sand further north as you walk along, although you will have to trek up quite far to find it.
The beach itself
Pebbles might not be considered as comfortable to lie on as sand, but if you have some chairs it won’t be too much of a problem.
Actually taking the time to just sit there and soak in the atmosphere allowed a greater appreciation of its qualities.
It’s peaceful to say the least, as the light breeze and sound of waves lapping against the shore made for a tranquil environment on a rather hot day.
It was also sparsely populated, which is one of the positive sides of the £7 toll charge, giving you a sense of being one of an exclusive few allowed access.
The overall landscape was picturesque, with plenty of flourishing vegetation on the grass next to the pebbles.
It would make for a good photo on Instagram for sure
Additionally, you could see onto the local gold course which was still packing away infrastructure used for the Open Golf tournament recently held there.
Taking into account the other aspects compared to a regular access beach would also be crucial in judging if the £7 charge was worth the price for drivers.
If you trek far up the road alongside the shore you can find a solitary toilet block, but not much else.
To give it credit, it was actually quite clean and in a far better state than most public toilets at popular seaside spots.
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Any snack bar or coffee shop is nowhere in sight, undoubtedly a tactic from the local residents to not encourage too many outside the area to venture in.
Overall, the experience would be mostly worth the price of admission.
The tranquillity and solitude it offers give it a lot of positives, as you won’t be bothered by too many other people that’s for sure.
However, the pretty views by themselves, whilst pleasing, are probably not enough to justify it.
Perhaps a compromise can be found in charging something like £3 instead, so that the beach can still be maintained but it could also allow a few more people to check it out.