Greatstone Beach: The UK’s Safest Kitesurfing Beach
Greatstone Beach is one of the most kitesurfer friendly beaches in the whole of the UK. Located just 1 hour from London, this massive bay in Greatstone-on-Sea stretches across over 10 miles and is the only kite spot in South East England that works well for kitesurfing on North East wind direction.
In this Greatstone Beach Kitesurfing Guide, we’ll look at some of the things which make Greatstone Beach an amazing place to go kitesurfing, learn to kitesurf with Infinity Sport Kitesurfing School, as well as how to plan your visit to the UK’s safest kitesurfing beach.
Conditions and Safety
Greatstone Beach’s open clean shingle beach provides a safe environment for learning to kitesurf for the first time as well as providing a great place to practice new tricks. It is a fantastic location to carry out kitesurfing lessons for kids.
Conditions usually provide small to medium waves at medium to low tide as well as areas of shallow water which again is absolutely perfect for kitesurfing lessons or free riding.
There are no hidden sand bars, or other hazards (ie ship wrecks) at Greatstone Beach.
At low tide, Greatstone Beach is a great kite buggy location, with a huge sandy strip along the shoreline to ride up and down for miles.
Kite launching and landing Areas
Launching and landing areas: at low tide it is advised that you launch at the waters edge, or at the bottom of the shingle bank. This is to avoid damaging the protected plants in the area, by dragging your kite lines over them.
A super safety feature of this kite spot is that it is located between two RNLI stations (in a stretch of 3 miles).
Wind + Tide Guide
Greatstone Beach receives onshore winds from North to South and is off shore in South-Westerly to North-Westerly winds.
Lower tides are safer for newer kitesurfers as well as for completing kitesurfing lessons. It is recommended that for beginners, you do not try and kitesurf for 90 minutes either side of high tide at Greatstone Beach. Competent kiters can kite at any tide state at Greatstone, as even at high tide there is room to launch on the shingle banks.
The famous kitesurfing spot is located on Dungeness Nature Reserve land, which is classified as SSSI Special Scientistic Site of Interest SSI, which requires from water users, such as kitesurfers, to be very careful and thoughtful when using the location.
What you can do to help us to protect the spot:
- Please consider the wildlife. Shingle vegetation takes many years to establish, so please stick to the boardwalks and footpaths so you don’t damage the really tiny rare plants under your feet.
- Be kind to your neighbours. Please use designated car parking spaces and the facilities provided to save any upset to other kite surfers and local residents.
- Enjoy the National Nature Reserve. It may only look like a bit of shingle, but it is fantastic for wildlife, so please treat it kindly, and take your litter home.
- Watch out for your kite! Setting up your kite is tricky, so make sure you do it somewhere well away from other people and on bare shingle/sand, so you don’t disturb others visitors and wildlife.
How to get Here (Car, Train, Bus)
Greatstone Beach is easily accessed by car, train or bus and is just 1 hour South of London.
If driving, Greatstone-on-Sea is situated close to the M20 which provides a quick and easy route to London and the North, whilst the A27 along the coast gives access from the South West.
Nearby Rye train station is serviced by regular trains from Ashford (for London) and Brighton, with trains from London every hour until around 9pm. From Rye to Greatstone bus Wave 102 runs every hour or bus 553.
If by train the easiest connection is to Ashford Int station and then bus 11, which will take you straight to the kite spot Greatstone Lade car Park, Taylor Road.
Where to eat
The most popular and most loved place for Greatstone visitors is The Pilot Inn with large indoor sitting area plus outside spacious dining space and playground.
Where To Stay: Accommodation
Our kitesurfing school is based in Greatstone-on-Sea, Kent. It takes only 1 hour 30 min from London to get here!
Greatstone on Sea provides with 10 miles beach stretch, kitesurfable at a massive range of wind directions. We are also located near to the famous Camber Sands.
Delightful, cosy holiday cabin on the shingle at Dungeness, moments from the sea, with wonderful views. A spacious modern en-suite shower room and separate living room, with small kitchen give you the option to rustle up basic meals, and a generous comfy kingsize bed (twin beds option) awaits you. There is a sofa bed for another guest/child. Spectacular views of the two lighthouses across the shingle towards the sea and only moments from one of the best pub restaurants around, The Pilot Inn!
Uniquely situated, the beach to front and shingle to rear are within the Dungeness National Nature Reserve and for the train enthusiast, the delightful Hythe and Dymchurch steam train passes directly behind us.
Central to a wide range of local attractions, fishing, birdwatching and beachcombing are on our doorstep (as is cockle collecting for the shellfish enthusiast)! Dover, Hasting and Leeds Castle are all within a 45 minute drive, Hythe and Rye 20 minutes away and the sandy beaches of Dymchurch and Camber Sands both a leisurely 15 minute drive away.
If you are staying in New Romney or you are just passing, you should not miss the famous Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, the Dungeness lighthouse or one of the many wildlife parks located in the area. Especially in summer the environment offers you all possibilities you can imagine. Sports such as golf, tennis or one of the many water sports might interest you. Also, you can just have a walk in the streets of New Romney to explore and discover its beautiful pubs, shops and restaurants. Around New Romney there are many beautiful cities to visit. Dover, Folkestone, Ashford and Hastings are just a few examples. If you wish to travel to England’s capital city London, you can go there – it is only one hour away by car.
Camber Sands Cottages
We own two award winning holiday cottages at Camber Sands, both just a short walk from the beautiful beach and also three miles from historic Rye – easily one of the most charming small towns in Sussex with its cobbled streets and ancient buildings. Our self-catering holiday homes are furnished, equipped and maintained to a very high standard and that’s why we have been awarded a VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award every year since we started in 2007. We also hold a 2019 VisitEngland Rose Award, one of 100 awarded each year to accommodation businesses that go the extra mile in order to provide excellent customer service.
See The Spot
You’ll find Infinity Sport Kitesurfing’s video guide to Greatstone Beach kitesurfing below. Click play!
About Greatstone Beach
Greatstone Beach ‘s two miles of sandy shoreline, dotted here and there by large rocks, has been a favorite of holidaymakers for generations.
The long stretch of flat, soft sand and safe swimming waters, as well as the increased popularity of watersports at this beach, make it easy to see why Greatstone is such a popular destination. At low tide, the water goes out almost half a mile, exposing even more sand for visitors to enjoy. The beach’s conditions make it ideal for windsports in particular, including land kite buggying, windsurfing, kitesurfing and kiteboarding.
The Greatstone Dunes that run along nearly the entire length of the beach and separate the seafront from land are also a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. A wide variety of rare plant species grow on the dunes and the area supports a strong population of small animals and insects.
Stretching from Dungeness point all the way North to Romney, there is plenty to see at Greatstone Beach. Dungeness National Nature Reserve allows visitors to see and learn about the wide variety of wildlife that lives in the area, while a walk to Romney Marsh reveals a unique and interesting landscape.
Train lovers will also enjoy Greatstone for the fact that the Romney to Dymchurch steam railway can be seen running along the beach.
About Infinity Sport Kitesurfing
Infinity Sport Kitesurfing School is operated by certified BKSA Instructors Pawel & Sylwia. For many years, we have been teaching different levels of kitesurfing and SUP in the UK and abroad. Kitesurfing is our passion and we will always give our energy and enthusiasm into every lesson to make sure our students fall in love with the sport too.
Our goal is to expand kitesurfing community through kitesurfing lessons, kite buggy lessons and holidays. It is our mission to bring people together to the beach and share positive kitesurfing vibes. We teach kitesurfing lessons at Greatstone on Sea and Winchelsea/Pett Level, near Camber Sands, Kent. You can find kitesurfing accommodation here.
Great kitesurfing equipment; you will find kitesurfing kites, kite bars, kite boards, hydrofoils and kiteboarding accessories. The best winging gear, wing foils, wing boards and inflatable wings. We stock a range of stand up paddle (SUP) boards and sup paddles. Looking for a wetsuit? We have both mens wetsuits and womens wetsuits available in summer suits, winter suits and shortys.