Seven of the best villages near Herne Bay, Kent
The seaside town of Herne Bay, located on the north Kent coast, has been a tourist resort since Victorian times. With regular rail services from London Victoria taking a little over 90 minutes and the city of Canterbury within easy reach, the town continues to attract visitors and new residents.
The seafront is dominated by The Clock Tower, the world's first freestanding tower of its kind, and the pier (pictured - credit geograph.org.uk), which is home to a number of beach huts and a large pavilion. Arcades, cafes, restaurants and shops line the promenade and the busy shopping area of Mortimer Street.
Situated north of the Thanet Way, Broomfield is a small village just two miles from Herne Bay. Here there is a church, infant and junior schools and a community hall. The village also has a post office and local pubs including The Butchers Arms.
Reculver is a small hamlet on the coast, three miles east of Herne Bay. The Romans built a fort here to protect the sea lanes in the Thames estuary to the north, and the area is now dominated by the Twin towers of the old church. A holiday park, a few homes, a village shop and village pub, The King Ethelbert Inn, are all that remains of this medieval town.
Greenhill is a small village on the outskirts of Herne Bay. Residents benefit from a popular primary school, the church of St Peter, a gym and wide range of associations and clubs. Herne Bay High School is situated just to the east of the village.
Chislet is a small village situated four miles southeast of Herne Bay. The village once had its own coal mine, though this closed in 1970. The Gate Inn pub and restaurant, Chislet Windmill and the Grade 1 listed church are all popular with visitors to the area.
Hoath is a village of 500 inhabitants, four miles south of Herne Bay. Hoath has a school, church, village hall and The Prince of Wales pub restaurant. The village was recorded in the Domesday book.
The large village of Sturry is located six miles south of Herne Bay. With a wide range of amenities, shops and businesses, this pretty village lies on the main A28 Canterbury road. The local primary school serves high schools and grammar schools in nearby Herne Bay, Hersden and Canterbury.
Fordwich is little more than a small village with a cluster of medieval homes situated on Great Stour River. The George and Dragon restaurant and the Fordwich Arms serve locals and the many visitors to this particularly beautiful part of Kent.