Discovering Bishopstone

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Bishopstone is an area not many people know about, here are some interesting facts about it.

Discovering Bishopstone

If you live in England, and are familiar with the south eastern part of it, chances are, you will know where HERNE BAY is. It’s a sunny seaside town where the people are friendly, the food is very reasonable when you eat out, and it has lots to offer the holiday maker. Also new affordable housing has been built, which has brought in younger families to the area, so it’s no longer just a place to retire to.

I live less than 2 miles from HERNE BAY, in a little hamlet up on the hill, and it’s called BISHOPSTONE. It has no shops, but the village of BELTINGEis only one mile away, with 2 very competitive local stores, where you can buy practically anything. BISHOPSTONE mainly consists of a few roads, overlooking fields and countryside, and the road I live in overlooks the sea, with BISHOPSTONE GLEN and RECULVER COUNTRY PARK to the left of our house.



There are seaside walks

We have many cliff top walks with amazing views of the sea. If you walk towards RECULVER, the Oyster trail will take you right along the coast as far as MINNIS BAY, known for its very sandy beach, and beyond. Going the other way, the walk takes you past HERNE BAY, SWALECLIFF and TANKERTON until you arrive at the quaint town of WHITSTABLE, which is famed for its seafood, and has many restaurants where you can sample these delights.

Bishopstone has a local church and a primary school

St Mary's church, with its beautful architecture dating back to the 12th century, is situated along the country lane that leads to RECULVER, and boasts of countryside views being set back off the road. Behind it there is a reservoir, where the local ducks and swans glide peacefully along the clear clean waters, enjoying the freedom that this quiet spot offers to them.

Outside the church is a memorial stone dedicated to the soldiers who gave their lives during the war to protect their country, and loved ones. Just before the church is the local primary school, and a new doctors surgery has been built with several doctors to look after the increased population, since the new housing estates have been built.

Reculver is nearby

BISHOPSTONE GLEN is a very popular place for tourists and bird watchers. There is wild life in abundance, the bushes and shrubs are very beautiful, and it has remained unspoilt and unchanged for centuries. The walk via the beach to RECULVER , and then back along the cliff top , remains one of my favourites. There is a picnic area with tables to enjoy the views both at BISHPSTONE, and also RECULVER, where the very impressive RECULVER TOWERS, although now in ruins, still stand proudly there

They were built in the 12th century as a monastic church, but due to coastal erosion, the edge of the beach now meets the towers. Although much of the site has been lost to the sea, it still to this day acts as a navigation marker for shipping.

If you fancy a meal out

RECULVER is mainly a holiday resort with caravan parks in abundance. the local pub, KING ETHLEBERT serves amazing meals at very low prices. Sunday roast is only £4.95, which is cheaper than it costs to cook it . There is a warm friendly atmosphere in this inn, which is full of character and history, which ensures we return again to enjoy their hospitality.

I always enjoy going on holiday, but as yet I have never found anywhere else in the UK which I like as much as this area. But hardly anyone knows about it, so small is BISHOPSTONE, because it comes under the umbrella of HERNE BAY. Maybe that is what makes it so special

Herne Bay Rocks

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Beauty, Bird Watchers, Bishopstone, Coastal Areas, Herne Bay, Kent Coast, Minnis Bay, Reculver, South East England, Walkers, Whitstable

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Very nice description of your neighborhood, Carol. Beautiful pictures, too. Great star page. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Carol
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks so much Steve

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author avatar Songbird B
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Excellent article Carol, and really wonderful photos.. How I wish that I lived closer...Congrats on Star Page my friend...

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author avatar Carol
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks so much Songbird

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author avatar Retired
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Very nice description of your town...it sounds so romantic too...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Aug 2011 (#)

Beautiful:0)

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author avatar MidgetGem
5th Aug 2011 (#)

I am very familiar with Herne Bay but even I had not heard of Bishopstone before. I think I may take a look the next time I am down that way. Thanks for the detailed information, it looks a lovely place to visit.

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author avatar Carol
5th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia, Starrleena and Midget Gem for your kind comments.

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author avatar Humza
8th Aug 2011 (#)

hmmm nice place to rest out!
thnx carol for the share

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author avatar Doreen
10th Mar 2018 (#)

very well out Carol - I live here too - lovely neighbours, wonderful walks and takes a lot of beating for those of us lucky enough to live here

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