Lockdown has made me realise how much there is to do in our local area. We are so used to spending the school holidays and weekends exploring further afield when really we could spend more time discovering local gems and making the most of the landscape. This week we visited Reculver, known mostly for the ruins that can be seen from miles away along the coast. It is easy to reach by road (not so much by public transport) and we spent a long afternoon enjoying the sunshine and the park.
The ruins of the church are set on a small hill and are free to visit. The children love climbing all over the walls and the sea is fenced off around. There are plaques with more information and the views are spectacular. Just down the hill from the ruins is a lovely playground surrounded by picnic benches. All four of the children aged 4-9 loved the playground. There were swings, slides, roundabouts and see saws as well as disabled swings which you need to bring your own harness for. There was plenty of seating and the area is kept really clean. There is a toilet block and two cafes on the site that serve ice cream, drinks and cakes as well as chips and basic food.
Reculver connects along the coastline to Minnis Bay and you can walk or cycle along the promenade from here. The car park for the ruins is spacious enough and costs £1.30 per hour.