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Moving to Kent - advice welcome

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LondonMam Fri 13-Jan-17 20:20:56

Hi! We are having our first child and looking to move to Kent from London. Is there any advice for moving to areas around Canterbury or Whitstable? We like the look of Wingham, Ash etc - and certain areas of Canterbury and Whistable look nice but there are houses in the Sydney Road and Wincheap areas that seem too good to be true? Hythe also looks nice as commuting is not an issue. We'd like to be in a nice quiet area with other children, but there is so much ground to cover!

Coulddowithanap Sun 15-Jan-17 08:27:55

Hythe is lovely, it's a nice quiet area. Not far from Ashford with the high speed link to London. Right by the sea and several nice parks for the kids.

Canterbury can be really busy, I don't really know the area all that well.

Have you visited the areas you like?

ewemum Sun 15-Jan-17 08:43:10

Canterbury surrounding villages are nice and quite a few with train stations. bridge, bekesbourne, wingham, Elham or even wye between Canterbury and Ashford. Whitstable is lovely but very busy in the summer, lots of traffic etc.

RachelRagged Sun 15-Jan-17 16:58:38

Wingham is a beautiful part of Kent ,, reminds me of Tenterden .

Whitstable is like London on Sea but very nice , though getting somewhat overbuilt on (in my opinion alone). Canterbury is nice but only know the town centre there to be honest.

Chocolatecake12 Mon 16-Jan-17 09:55:19

Wingham is beautiful. So are the other villages around Canterbury. You get a nice village, not too far from beautiful Canterbury and only 30 mins or so from the beautiful Kent coast.

LondonMam Mon 16-Jan-17 10:59:46

Thank you all - really helpful. @coulddowithanap - we've visited most of Kent at this point, but sometimes it's hard to know what places will feel like after more than a fleeting visit. Looks like our instincts might be right though.

parklives Mon 16-Jan-17 11:06:59

Whistable - London on sea???? confused only for the down from Londoners who try and convince themselves that this is true! (Nobody else thinks that, look on street view to have a look).

I live in Canterbury, it's a nice City (small town) and a good area for raising kids. I don't how good the schools are, there seem to be as many private schools as state schools which might be a bad indicator.

Kent is very isolated though, you are cut off from the rest of the county by the M25 which dictates my timetable for getting out of there.

I work between London and France, so that suits me, and it's cheap as chips compared to the other counties which border London.

Counterpane Mon 23-Jan-17 15:29:34

Most of the villages around Canterbury are nice but do not move to Aylesham - the mine closed about 40 years ago and there are lots of areas with vertical shafts underneath!

There is a lot of unemployment there and everyone knows your business.

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