So where were we off to next? Birchingford? Birchenby? Barchingdon? No obviously not, it was to Birchington-on-Sea which is not to be confused with Walmington-on-Sea of Dad’s Army fame. You don’t remember Dad’s Army? ‘Don’t Panic‘ and ‘Stupid Boy‘?
No, we’re in Birchington-on-Sea on the Isle of Thanet, North Kent coast just to the west of Margate. A lovely little seaside town that appears to be a step-up from the kiss-me-quick, amusement style of resort that other locations have become. It is only a few miles east of Herne Bay where we spent much of January (Herne Bay to Reculver Walk and Victorian Seaside Lockdown).
Another Stunning Airbnb
Whenever you book an Airbnb you have lots of lovely photos and hopefully loads of positive reviews but you never really know what you are going to get until you actually walk in the front door. We’ve had disappointments and wonderful surprises over the past few years so the moment of arrival is always exciting.
We have an apartment on the first floor (that’s upstairs if you’re American) with three bedrooms, a big living room, kitchen/diner, and of course bathroom with a private entrance. So perfect for an extended four week stay. Beautifully decorated and maintained and with great central heating to get us through the cold snap we are currently experiencing in the UK.
With the town centre just over the road and the railway station round the corner it’s perfect but the best thing is that the seafront is only 5 minutes walk. So everyday bar none we have set out in our coats and hats to walk various parts of the coastal walk.
The Four Beaches
The town, or village as some locals call it (never quite sure what constitutes somewhere being a village though), is located with four sandy bays around it. Epple Bay, Beresford Gap, Grenham Bay and the most well-known Minnis Bay. We’d visited Minnis Bay lots of times when we lived in Maidstone and had hired bikes and eaten out at the fabulous cafe there with close friends.
The Isle of Thanet
It may not interest many of you but we find it fascinating that Kent used look so different only a few hundred years ago. Above is a map showing how the Wantsum Channel split the Isle of Thanet from the mainland and below is how it all looks now. Amazing huh?
Lifesaver from Ryan
With miles of walking and lots of time spent reading and of course the odd bit of TV, we fill our time fairly comprehensively and never ever get bored. But as a huge surprise our youngest son Ryan popped down and lent me a couple of Playstation games as our apartment has a PS4. Now this may not seem a huge deal but it’s been six years or more since I’ve been able to regularly play on a console and I have loved it!!
Everyone knows FIFA is a football game, it’s brilliant if you’re a fan, but the revelation has been Planet Coaster. It’s a fantastically immersive design game Ryan and I love and even Jo has had the odd go during our stay. Not everyones cup of tea but I’ve loved being able to play these past few weeks. Thanks so much Ryan.
01/02 – 08/02/2021