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Stone Bay (Broadstairs)

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A beautiful sandy beach near Broadstairs, Kent, England.

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      24.05.2009 22:12
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      Would definitely love to go there again

      A month back I intended to take my little one to Broadstairs beach but finding the tiny parking-space completely filled I tried parking a bit further afield and accidentally sumbled across Stone Bay some 750 or so yards away.

      **About the Beach**

      ~Location ~

      Eastern Esplanade, Broadstairs , Kent.

      Situated within 10 min walking distance from the Broadstairs town-centre , which has a train station.. This bay is sandwiched between Viking Bay and Broadstairs beach . Broadstairs can be reached through M2 and is about 76miles from Central London by road .

      ~Beach itself~

      This is a lovely 200 metres golden sandy beach , walled by high limestone cliffs on one side. The promenade is set at a slightly higher level than the sand itself runs all the way to the main Broadstairs beach . What surprised us was that unlike Margate or Broadstairs beach ,(although this is very near to both of them ) this was nearly deserted and my little one had a gala half a day of frolicking in the sand quite undisturbed .

      Two sets of pathways made on the cliff walls run down to the sand , one a set of steps and another a pram/wheelchair ramp on the other side, there is an ice-cream van stationed on top here and the ramp lets in vehicals associated with trailers carrying boats and of owners of the deck-houses.

      Just below the wall sits a row of those wooden shed-like beach-houses/sheds and from one of these you can rent the usual deck-supplies at reasonable too...or even rent one of those.

      There are several natural rock-pools in the area and my little one loved dragging out seaweeds with her rake , not my idea of fun , as the sea-weeds let out a fishy smell , but apparently she thought it was entertaining.

      ~Toilet Facility~

      There are toilet with baby changing facilities too, only two ladies ones . I did not find the toilets that clean, there was water everywhere and no toilet paper, overflowing bins maybe this was because loads of people staying in those beach-sheds were using only those 4-5 toilets for all their daily needs. There are no shower or separate changing facilities other than these .


      On reading later on I learnt that Stone Bay was also the setting for John Buchan's book 'The 39 Steps' which further adds to the romanticism of the place

      **Parking Facility**

      Parking is free and off-road and in plenty and as several ramps and steps lead down to the water front one can park a bit further down really. The area is mostly residential , with loads of beach front apartments and quaint guest-houses.

      When walking along the promenade towards Broadstairs you can see a huge parking area for trailers of motor/sail boats so I am assuming you can keep your yatch or motorboat here .

      **Food and Restaurants **

      As for food..hmm that is a bit tricky , you have to trek a bit (about 750yards or so) towards Broadstairs beach and there you can choose from the a whole list of cafes,ice-cream parlours , resturants and chippy shops .As the eating places are somewhat far away the place is somewhat devoid of screeching gulls and this makes it somewhat tranquil.

      I have eaten at some of the places here on previous occasions and most are quite reasonable and serve some excellent food and drinks .

      **Miscellaneous Information **

      In the summer-times usually 1st May to 30th September dogs are not allowed in the sandy part of the beach .

      The above reminds me , the walkway around the car-park is full of dog-poo so it's a good idea to keep a sharp look out or you could land on one.

      You have to keep a keen eye on children though as this beach is not guarded by lifeguards as the other nearby ones are but there are loads of emergency supplies harboured around .

      The sea-water temperature remains quite low around this area even in the height of summer as is true for most beaches in the UK.

      Along the sea-front on the cliff are loads of houses/rooms/chalets and apartments on rent.

      Other than the inadequate toilet facilities I didn't find anything to complain about and we enjoyed our stay immensely. On top of everything everything was free except a few ice-creams and a meal...what more can one ask for.
      So if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place to go with children this summer I would definitely recommend going to the picturesque Stone Bay.

      I have used a part of the same review on Helphound too under the same username.


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