St Margaret's Bay Beach
St Margaret's Bay Beach
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  • Tania H
    Ashford, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach.
    Lovely beach, easy parking but take change! Toilets on site. Secluded bay and a cafe. My daughter and I went as we wanted to swim in the sea and it was the only in contaminated beach in the area. It was lovely. Stoney beach but nice to swim.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Kate L
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short break in lovely Kent
    Really lovely area, we had never been there before. A great local pub the Zetland Arms, stayed in Kingsdown in an Air B & B , drove right up the coast, visited Deal, Walmer castle, Dover Castle. Would recommend a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Papa T
    Sidcup, United Kingdom167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable walk
    The beech is hidden away down a steep twisting hill road. Thats bring you out into a car park of a reasonable size. We have visited several times as we like the walk to the cliff one way and the other way up too, what was Ian Flemings and then Noel Cowards home There is some sand when the tide is out, but it’s mainly pebbles. There a little hut that sells food and drink. We enjoy it for the walk as mentioned and looking out what’s on the English Channel
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Chris B
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whilst in the area
    Visited here on a beautiful morning whilst weekending,in the area. Excellent views of the English Channel. Plenty of parking (pay and display) Pub also near the beach and beach hut cafe. Well worth a trip down to it if in the area. Traffic is almost single file in places
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2024
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Chris B
Milton Keynes, UK455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited here on a beautiful morning whilst weekending,in the area.
Excellent views of the English Channel. Plenty of parking (pay and display)
Pub also near the beach and beach hut cafe.
Well worth a trip down to it if in the area.
Traffic is almost single file in places
Written 19 May 2024
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Buckkers
Orpington, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
3 Ladies celebrating a birthday - Stayed in Lodge in BW5 - amazing Lodge no complaints - However 3 GRIPES - 1 - The TV had no instructions how to use, therefore we couldn't get it working and trying to get in touch with the 'Team' via the contacts details left in the pamphlet - Mobile/Landline/email AND even visiting the reception to report we couldn't get the TV to work - bad customer service. EVENTUALLY the next day after having no telly the first night we were there, a guy came and showed us what to to, something so simple, could have been dealt with withing a couple of hours - even for someone to respond to out request would have been nice. 2 - as the weather was good to us, we sat outside on the lovely Veranda - However the grass under the Lodge was awful - it was water logged with what looked and smelt like sewage? Not sure but its did stink and because of that, we had flies by the thousands buzzing around us which wasn't nice at all - we bought FLY spray and a Citronella Candle to at least help with the problem. 3 - sort the swimming changing /toilet areas out - they were awful! Disgusting to be fair.
Written 13 May 2024
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MikeLondonSE13
London, UK10,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
8/10/23 late afternoon - St Margaret's Bay beach

We three middle aged guys from London were on a mini trip to Calais via camping near Dover.

After setting up the tent we decided to visit the nearest 'beach' we could which was here, a few miles directly south of the campsite.

We drove through the main village and just before descending decided to park for free at the top by the bus turning roundabout and Green with a view of the French cliffs.

We walked down the elevated 'sidewalk' by the road and down a side track which joined some steps. These led to the winding road again and down the road we went to find the beach, a busy car park and busy pub with a busy car park too.

We walked across the pebble beach to the flat seaweed clad terrace to the south. It was low tide which was great for us!

Two of us have studied rocky seashore ecology and this was a very good example of a biodiverse mix of algae (green fucus and enteromorpha, red and brown algae too) all coexisting with the limpets, anemones and gibbula species....

There was, however, a stream of fresh water coming from a spring line up the beach terrace which confused the issue as only a few animals can tolerate the sudden changes between salty and fresh water so the rock pools were quite empty of any animals although I spotted just one guppy (?) fish.

The other thing that struck me was how clean the beach was with no litter at all! An interpretation board highlighted that it was usually an excellent 3 star water quality rating for swimming. I presume the small settlement treats its waste accordingly unlike some bigger towns. The absence of litter was very welcoming!

After wandering in the last of the sun we returned to the pub garden and enjoyed a beer each right by the beach path.

After the pub we headed north through the car park and along to the row of Art Deco houses. We navigated the iron 'ladder' over the groyne (by the houses) to what could have been a private beach. Onwards we hopped over the groyne wall to find proper steps to the next section under the cliffs. Apparently Noel Coward and Ian Fleming both lived in the far end house with the red tiled roof. It was semi boarded up and a vertical window had collapsed letting the elements rot it from within, such a shame. In its heyday just after the war it must have been quite a secluded place with a well kept garden in the summer anyway!

A bit further along the beach were the remnants of WW2 pyramidal tank traps. I found a few bits of litter around there unfortunately but it was still relatively clean!

The houses looked pretty empty apart from the one nearest the car park which was being renovated. No doubt the costs are great and the possibility of a chunk of chalk falling through the roof is a risk!

We returned back towards the car park to find a steep stairway up to the Battlefront Walk and Saxon Way. This took us to the winding road again and we eventually got to the car with no problems. It was a fair way but doable.
Written 8 October 2023
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Daniel G
Deal, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fantastic place to relax on the beach and soak up the views of the white cliffs! Lots to do for young ones too...A visit to the Coastguard for refreshments is a must!
Written 6 October 2023
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Papa T
Sidcup, UK167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The beech is hidden away down a steep twisting hill road. Thats bring you out into a car park of a reasonable size.

We have visited several times as we like the walk to the cliff one way and the other way up too, what was Ian Flemings and then Noel Cowards home

There is some sand when the tide is out, but it’s mainly pebbles.

There a little hut that sells food and drink.

We enjoy it for the walk as mentioned and looking out what’s on the English Channel
Written 13 September 2023
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Allen n Debbie Cooper
Quindalup, Australia90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Went for a swim on a balmy spring day. It’s a beautiful spot and the water is clear and exhilarating. Drove down the windy road to the carpark at the bottom.
Written 13 September 2023
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Kate L
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Really lovely area, we had never been there before. A great local pub the Zetland Arms, stayed in Kingsdown in an Air B & B , drove right up the coast, visited Deal, Walmer castle, Dover Castle. Would recommend a visit.

Written 3 September 2023
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Tania H
Ashford, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Lovely beach, easy parking but take change! Toilets on site. Secluded bay and a cafe.

My daughter and I went as we wanted to swim in the sea and it was the only in contaminated beach in the area. It was lovely. Stoney beach but nice to swim.
Written 1 August 2023
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stephanie t
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful peaceful setting overlooking the sea and the white cliffs. LOVELY little shack to the left of the coastguard pub. Excellent food and value for money.
Written 14 July 2023
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AgaFelixa
Ely, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Cool beach with great view of the white cliffs, you can sun bath on the stones or take a stroll under the white cliffs, really mesmerising view.
Written 2 June 2023
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