I have lived in Deal, Kent for the past 13 years. It’s a small town right on the SE coast of England, also known as the Garden Of England. It used to be a busy port at one time, but now accomodates those who want to get away from the busy port of nearby Dover.
In the Summer months it attracts probably more sunshine than most of the rest of the UK, which makes it an ideal spot to bathe in the sea and enjoy a meal from one of the many fish and chips shops. There is even a french restaurant overlooking the promenade and on a clear day you can see the french coast in the distance. The beaches aren’t sandy, but as long as you are equipped with water shoes, it’s a great place to swim. At least you don’t return home plastered with sand! Our house is situated centrally, right on the boarder of Deal and Walmer. At the end of our road is Deal Castle and the beach. Just 8 minutes away is the town centre and the train station.
So yes, lying on the beach after an invigorating swim this morning, I felt very blessed living in this seaside town, hearing the seagulls and the waves splashing on the shore. Just a five minute walk and I was home again, carrying on where I left off. Even the paddling pool on the seafront was busy today, despite the older children being in school. On cooler days we have our own leisure centre just down the road, which even has a wave pool, although you can’t beat the real waves of the sea.
Walks and runs along the promenade are always favourites and the cliffs are a 20 minute walk in the direction of Dover, where you can climb up and walk for some distance, taking in the sea air and stunning views.
Of course we have a good number of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants too. Take a look here to see for yourself: