With an older family member who has to use a wheelchair when out and about, we’re always on the look out for accessible days out that can be enjoyed by all of us. One such place we return to again and again is Hythe in Kent.
Not your typical seaside town, Hythe isn’t full of arcades, kiss me quick hats and tacky souvenir shops, infact you won’t find any shops at all on the seafront. Just a huge pedestrianised promenade that runs the entire length of the (very long) beach. Plus a fish restaurant, a small cafe and a few food vans selling crepes, amazing coffee and ice cream.
Here’s why we love the area:
The huge promenade goes for miles and is perfect for wheelchair users. The beach itself is pebbly, but there are two large ‘sandpits’, perfect for the kids when they want to build sandcastles.
There’s two seriously dreamy churches. The ‘Tin Tabanacle’, which was originally built for the ‘poor people’ of the town.
Plus this beauty perched high on the hill above the town for over 900 years. This stunning church is well worth a visit for the views over the town and across the channel to France alone.
The high street in Hythe is situated away from the beach and offers some real ‘oldie worldie’ charm. Crammed with quaint cafes, charming old pubs, seriously good restaurants and lovely little shops, it’s almost like being transported back in time. The high street closes to traffic between 11am and 3pm, making it perfect for wheelchair users. (p.s I’ve never seen it this busy before!)
The Royal Miltary Canal runs parallel to the beach and is a lovely place for a stroll. Situated between the high street and the beach and surrounded by parks and public spaces, it really is a lovely spot to relax. There’s so much going on around the canal, from food festivals and circuses to festivals and music on the nearby bandstand. It really is a great little hub of activity and there is always lots of lovely events to enjoy.
The Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is a lovely little train that offers wheelchair accessible carriages. It will transport you to the seriously pretty New Romney, lively Dymchurch (this is the place to come if you want a livelier day at the beach) and Dungeoness, home to an RSPB reserve.
For a non traditional seaside resort, Hythe certainly packs a punch in terms of what’s on offer there and if you use mobility cars, there is plenty of parking close to the beach, high street and everything else the town has to offer. Hythe itself is close to beautiful rolling countryside, two amazing castles (plus Dover castle is 20 minutes away too if you’re a history buff) and Port Lympne safari park is practically on the doorstep. What more could you ask for!
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