Summer has finally arrived, so I thought a day-trip to the beach just had to be in order! This time, I went to Margate. This is not the first time I’ve been there – I’ve been to Margate once or twice previously, but I did not have a dog at either of those times, so this one was a little bit different.
While dogs are obviously seen around town, they are not permitted on the main beaches of Margate between May and September, which is obviously the peak of the summer season. Luckily, there are plenty of other beaches nearby which do allow our four-legged friends, and one of them is Westbrook Bay, just to the west of the main shore. 🐕🐶
Westbrook Bay often has considerably less people than the main sands, which can be great for people who just want to relax on the beach or want to take their dog walking (or swimming!) However, there are quite a lot of rocks, especially at low tide, so you might want to take a pair of shoes for swimming in so that you don’t hurt or cut your feet. The rocks may look hard, but when hit hard enough, they crumble apart and reveal a chalky white interior, which turns the water milky.
On this particular occasion when I visited the beach, there was a lot of seaweed floating in the sea and on the rocks, which made getting to the sea itself a somewhat slippery experience. I even found a tiny jellyfish in a mound of seaweed, which luckily didn’t have a sting in it, but there are also crabs who can pinch you if you take a wrong step. The one in the photo below was already dead, so I didn’t have to worry about getting pinched, but some crab-catchers nearby did catch one or two live ones! 🦀
As well as crabs, I also found lots of oysters, whelks and winkles. Whelks are large sea snails which are edible, and they are popular around the Kent coastal area, including the nearby town of Whitstable. Winkles are their smaller cousins, although they’re apparently just as tasty.
Returning from the bay, I had a small opportunity to see the main beaches, which were packed with seagoing crowds enjoying the early summer heat. There is even a pool on the beach which is filled with seawater, which is something that I’m definitely going to try out if I ever go back to Margate. On the train going back to London, I even caught a glimpse of Margate’s most famous landmark – the Dreamland amusement park, empty due to the ongoing pandemic (thankfully, restrictions are now being lifted, so it could be filled up again soon). 🎡🎢🎠