It was overcast with a very cool blustery wind, but we all had a rare mid week day off today so we made the most of the opportunity with a visit to Whitstable. This is our local seaside destination and a favourite spot of mine for it holds many beloved childhood and even adult memories for me. I just feel very content whenever I visit Whitstable, so I’m always up for a trip here whatever the weather!
Today we parked up at the big market car park, and took a leisurely stroll up the road towards Whitstable Castle. Surprisingly in all the years I’ve been visiting this seaside town, only recently this year did I venture in the delightful castle gardens and grounds for the first time. Its small and intimate but has a really nice welcoming feeling about it. Because its slightly up the hill at the end of town, you can see the sea in the distance behind a cute little bowls ground. Its so lovely and today I took my mum and dad to look around it for the first time too. We agreed that we’ve definitely been missing out all these years! Such a nice spot.
The grounds are not extensive but I quite like that about it. There are some unique plants and flowers giving it a bit of a tropical feel with long feathery grasses and little palm trees – if the sun were out I’d almost wonder where I was momentarily! At the back of the castle there is a beautiful rose garden with a lovely archway and small water fountain. Its very pretty.
After looking around the grounds we headed in the direction of Tankerton which is a short walk up the road from the castle. When we reached Tankerton we walked down near the sea front and it was much more sheltered from the wind down there – possibly with thanks to a sloping bank and the protection from all the sea huts! It was much more pleasant nearer the water without the wind blowing us about. Polly and Peggy enjoyed meeting all the dogs and people down at the beach, but even though it was a peak summertime August day it wasn’t very busy – probably due to the iffy weather.
It was so calm and quiet down by the sea and it was the perfect way to spend a day off. I honestly think there is nothing more therapeutic than a seaside stroll. It does me the world of good every single time and I could never tire of that feeling. The only trouble is I always get those seaside fish and chips cravings! Must be due a trip down one evening soon for fish and chips on the beach…
How would you spend a mid week summer day off ?