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Broadstairs: The Great British Seaside.

Broadstairs: The Great British Seaside.

We all have places which are special to us. Maybe it's somewhere you visited often as a child, or where you spent lots of happy summer holidays.

Although I went there for the first time as an adult, Broadstairs is one of those places for me. My boyfriend has family there so we go regularly, and we have a lovely week there every summer. After reading Gwennan's post on her favourite UK destinations, I was inspired to write about mine.

Broadstairs is a small seaside town on the north Kent coast, just a few miles away from its more famous cousin, Margate.

There isn't loads to do, but I think that's part of its charm. The sea front looks much the same as I imagine it would have done a century or more ago - maybe even in the days when Charles Dickens was a regular visitor here.

My favourite thing to do in Broadstairs is to walk along the coast. Ramsgate is about four miles away, and you can walk along the beach or the coastal path most of the way. Miles and miles of white chalk cliffs and sandy beaches unfold before you, and if you go during the week you're unlikely to run into too many people on the way.

In the other direction you can walk all the way to the impressive chalk stacks at Botany Bay. It's a long walk and you'll see all sorts of secret nooks along the way - the perfect place to pack a lunch and make like the Famous Five.

Once your packed lunch becomes a distant memory, you can head to Wyatt and Jones (www.wyattandjones.co.uk) for amazing modern British food. They pride themselves on using as much local Kent produce as possible - you can even sample some Kent wine. There's always plenty of fresh seafood on the menu, and if you're lucky you can get a table with a sea view. Perfect.

Broadstairs is just over an hour on the train from London, and you can easily visit Margate and Ramsgate on a short break too. If you see a girl rambling along the coast with lashings of sandwiches - be sure to say hello!

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