Rural Blue Flag shingle beach backed by steep grassy slopes that include a small SSI. Groynes at c.25m intervals are used for shelter and ease of access to the water as the shingle is large and slopes steeply. This is a beach for serious swimming as well as relaxing. In the Summer, there is a small swimming area that has lifeguards. Swimming is possible for at least two hours either side of High Water and, at Springs, for up to three hours.
Tides run parallel to the beach at 1-3 knots and can present a challenge but there are no other significant currents. The beach is very open and exposed to winds/waves from West through to North East and this frequently adds to the excitement and satisfaction of swimming here! The water temperature is usually a degree or so cooler than at Whitstable or Herne Bay as the water is deeper. Also, the tide and the waves are stronger here as the beach has no protecting headlands or harbours. There are several markers along the beach (red metal "baskets" on poles) as well as buildings and landmarks that are used as turning points. The distance swum can be set from these marks and the only limits are your own. The regulars have a beat of about 1.5k and may do several "laps" on a good day. There are cafes, pubs, ice creams and toilets along Marine Parade above the beach and Tankerton has a wide range of shops, including fish & chips and a real sports shop in case you have forgotten your kit. Whitstable has a wide range of eating places and shops