We visit the Tankerton Slopes usually in combination with a trip to Whitstable to enjoy a stroll along the seafront here. The walk can be as long or short as you would like here as the coastal path continues to Herne Bay, and beyond but we tend to walk out and back from Whitstable.
The Tankerton slopes are basically a sea side promenade with an area of grass land sloping fairly steeply but with defined footpaths for access to and from the main road (Marine Parade). Colourful beach huts are sited along here as well so there are some interesting photographic opportunities available. The beach is mostly shingle with a few sandy patches but wide enough to fly a kite on. Just along from Whitstable is ‘The Street’ which is a spit of sand extending out to sea and uncovered at low tide, it is safe to walk on and children will love walking along here (and this is the subject of another Trip advisor review thread). It is possible to swim in the sea here and sometimes a lifeguard is in attendance.
As well as walkers, the slopes are often used by cyclists and I believe that there are a number of cycle hire places available if you wish to have a go at this, though you wold have to confirm this. The Promenade is generally wide enough to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists safely though it pays to be aware if you have small children.
If you look out to sea there is much to view apart from any passing shipping, with the most obvious being the large wind farm, but look along the coast and you will see the now isolated and abandoned extremity of Herne Bay Pier. Also on the horizon it is possible to make out with the naked eye the stilted 2nd world war sea forts at Shivering Sands and Red Sands and if you climb to the top of the slopes you can just make out the larger ‘Maunsell’ fort at Knock John, (though you may need binoculars for this).
There is a Café along the slopes if you wish to break your journey for refreshments and plenty of benches to sit down and enjoy the view, or if you are walking out and back from Whitstable then there are plenty of refreshment options there. If you are looking for a good walk, one suggestion is to start at Herne Bay and walk along the coast to Whitstable for a fish & chip dinner, we have done this by using the trains and it makes for a good day out.
I would recommend a walk along the Tankerton slopes for anyone who likes being by the sea or enjoys a good stroll in the fresh air.
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