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Shakespeare beach: Dover’s hidden lorry park beach that most people probably don’t even know is there

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Original article from Kent Live

Dover's main beach is an underrated one, as we have reported previously.

It's got decent shingle, access to local amenities and a spectacular backdrop in the form of Dover Castle and a busy harbour.

But it can also get very busy on a hot summer's day.

Read more: The beautiful riverside park rated the worst thing in Dover

Well, the good news for when that's the case is that there's another, lesser known beach nearby.

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It's not marked on the map and it's tucked away behind a lorry park and the railway line.

There's also limited parking – and you have to walk through the lorry parking area to get there.

But those reasons also mean that when you do visit, it's likely to be a whole lot quieter than other beaches around.

Local fishermen will be more familiar with its existence.

It's a popular fishing spot

Admiralty Pier – whose recent closure has been the subject of significant controversy locally – is right next to it, and it's a popular fishing spot in its own right.

It's near to the Cruise Terminal, and you can also just about spot it from the Aycliffe roundabout, although lines of lorries obstruct most of the view.

The beach can just about be spotted from the main road

To find the entrance, you just want to head towards Lord Warden House.

There's a pathway to the right of it, between the main building and the first of the car parks.

The beach itself is a pretty decent one.

The shingle is finer than many beach around, similar to Dover's main seafront beach.

Lorries can be seen parked up in the background

You also get a great view of the Shakespeare cliffs.

Down at that end, the water tends to be clearer and lighter in colour too.

The beach was virtually empty on a hot summer's day

But its main benefit is definitely seclusion.

When MyDover visited last week it was a hot summer's day, yet only two people could be seen sea fishing, over what is a fairly large beach.

It means it's definitely worth a visit when it's busy elsewhere.

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