Leysdown Parish is made up of four villages – Leysdown-on-Sea, the main holiday centre; the residential area of Bay View; the peaceful and spacious beaches and green areas of Shell Beach and the mysterious Isle of Harty with its 900 year old church.
Follow the main road through Leysdown and out of the other side and you will soon see the sea. A road traces the coastal path, and whether you walk or journey by car, you are likely to come across families enjoying pic-nics and barbeques, anglers with rods lined up along the sea wall, and people out for a leisurely walk.
Shell Beach is ideal for family visits, with play areas and plenty of room for children to run around with footballs or to explore nature.
Beaches at Shell Beach are usually quiet, with plenty of room for you to settle down for the day. You will literally find piles of shells all over the beach, hence the name; great for collecting or beachcombing. Shell Beach is mainly shingle, with some stretches of sand.
Large green spaces, play and picnic areas, golf course, gently shelving, shell-covered beaches, Swale National Nature Reserve, car parking at the Retreat tea house, and Muswell Manor, the birthplace of aviation in Britain. Continue walking along the coastal path and you will pass the registered naturist beach and eventually reach the Ferry House Inn at Harty and St Thomas’ Church.