With the current heat wave taking its hold on London, we decided to head to the coast for a long weekend. The dogs always enjoy a swim in the sea and what better place then Whitstable, a small fishing town on the north coast of Kent famous for its pebbled beaches and oysters.
Now we are lucky enough that one half of Fetch & Follow is originally from Whitstable and if we ever need a coastal fix we just hop on the train from King Cross St Pancras and in just under an hour and a half we are enjoying the crisp, fresh sea air.
The town it self is very dog friendly and it is hard not to walk down the quaint little high street without passing a few of the four legged locals of on their daily walks. This seaside town has a great selection of shops especially down the later part of the town known as Habour Street, with its large mix of independent stores.
Whenever we visit, we like to stop of at Tea and Times for one of their famous doorstop sized sandwiches and Whellers (which is a couple of shops further along) for some fresh seafood and enjoy our picnic on the beach.
With the beach fresh in our minds we thought we would share with you our favourite dog walk while visiting this beautiful Kent town.
Any walk along this pebbled coastline is an enjoyable experience, however we always like to go slightly out of the way of the main beaches, which can become overcrowded in the summer.
We start our walk on Clifton road, which is the first right turn when you hit Oxford Street (the towns high street). We follow Clifton road all the way down to the golf course, which you can cross by turning left onto West Cliff road. This is a great short cut as it takes you pretty much straight to the beach which means the dogs can come straight of their leads and start to explore their surroundings (however be careful as there is a road at the end of the golf course path before you hit the beach).
Once you hit the beach you can either go left which will take you along a more remote quite beach and towards Faversham or right which will eventually take you to the towns local harbour perfect for a spot of seafood (Plus you will pass the Neptune pub and the Oyster Fishery Restaurant on your way, all of which are dog friendly).
This part of Whitstable beach also allows dogs all year round.