Technically classified as the UK’s only desert, Dungeness beach is the second largest shingle formation in the world. It’s a wildlife paradise, featuring bats, stoats, marsh frogs, varied birdlife and several RSPB hides, as well as 600 species of plant and rare insects. There’s a public car park, or you can arrive by steam train from Hythe. The “patch” or “boil” is a favourite angling spot and bathing isn’t recommended, so this is first and foremost a wildlife destination. Dogs are allowed and there’s a lighthouse, a couple of pubs, fish ‘n chips, plus a plethora of characterful beach shacks, including filmmaker Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage.
A mother and daughter beach eulogy.
The scene at Britain’s only desert.