When we think of British beaches we often picture Brighton or Bournemouth, overcrowded and busy on those rare sunny days.
You don’t need to look very far from the city to find a quiet, secluded beach which offers a much more relaxed atmosphere than most.
Just over an hour from central London lies the Isle of Grain beach in Kent, which has been described as giving visitors the feeling of being at the edge of the world.
The isolated beach is so secluded and quiet that one visitor has even described it as being “like a horror movie” but they “love it”.
The visitor left a review on The Beach Guide saying: “It is like a horror movie and I love it. That fort in the sea is really horror. I walked there with my six-year-old son, got our shoes very muddy but loved it.
“I give it five stars as it reminds me of ‘Te Ring’ horror movie . My son enjoyed seeing that old broken horror fort too. Took lots of pictures…really interesting…”
Located on the confluence of the rivers Medway and Thames, the sand and shingle beach feels very remote despite being less than 30 miles from the centre of London.
The Isle of Grain is a village that is no longer an actual island but more a marshland, great for finding all kinds of wildlife – in particular birds – as well as taking a stroll along the coastline.
Behind the beach are open fields criss-crossed with paths, and visitors are encouraged to walk along one of the many beautiful countryside walks.
One thing not to be missed is the London Stone, a tall obelisk that marks where the River Thames officially becomes the sea.
The area is relatively quiet, but just five minutes walk up the lane from the beach is the village of Grain where visitors can find a pub and shop.
With masses of industrial infrastructure in the far distance the beach has a completely unique feel to it, beautifully bleak and the kind of place you can imagine a poet getting inspiration from.
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