Anna Lloyd-Morell: A 'no-frills' semi-rural beach - just beach, with a long row of beach huts on a raised prom behind it, a rarely-open kiosk cafe, and a pub a few hundred metres away. There is no tourist tat, no fruit machine arcades - just a lovely, long, open, sandy beach, with distant views of the Reculver Towers and the Swale's collection of wind turbines on a good, clear day.
The next land stop is the Arctic, so it's normally a little breezy and wonderfully refreshing. It is a shallow beach, making it safe for children to swim too, and there is a large circle of buoys in use in summer to keep out motor boats. The water quality has been consistently high for the past few years.
Quite possibly the loveliest swimming beach in Kent. Best times for swimming are early morning or after 6pm, when the families have gone, the nip's creeping back into the air, and, in fresher weather, the beach can be nearly deserted. Safe, bracing and delightful.