A luminous period family house by the sea

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Escape from Cheapside to The Seaside: Commutable Beach Life

Herne Bay is a seaside town that’s easily commutable from London

I moved to Herne Bay to work at the nearby University of Kent, but I have often had to travel to London for work meetings and conferences and I can honestly say it’s a pleasure. Herne Bay Station is a short distance from the house, I prefer to cycle and it takes about 5 minutes. Often I take the scenic route, via the beach, which only adds another 5 mins. It seems a bit close to drive, but if you wanted to there’s plenty of parking around the station, and there’s also a minicab company that charges about £3 for the journey between the house and the station.

Herne Bay Railway Station is a short distance from the house

The town is on the northern leg of the HS1 (High Speed 1) railway loop, which runs via Faversham into Stratford International (1 hr 14 mins) and St Pancras (1 hr 22 mins). That’s the fast train, but the (slightly cheaper) regular trains that arrive at Victoria or Canon St are also very quick—just 1 hr 32 mins to Canon St for example.

From Herne Bay the trains pass through Whitstable and you get a final glimpse of the sea at Seasalter before passing Faversham, the Medway towns, and then the marshes around Dartford. It’s often a beautiful journey.

Season tickets and discount fares are available. The best bit is that you’ll always get a seat on that commuter train because it doesn’t get crowded till it reaches Faversham.