High and low tides explained

Hi there, and welcome to Explore Thanet, the ultimate guide to the beautiful coast of Kent. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about one of the most fascinating natural phenomena that you can witness in Thanet: the high and low tides.

What are tides and how do they work? Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun on the Earth. The moon has a stronger influence than the sun because it is closer to us. As the Earth rotates, different parts of its surface face the moon and experience a high tide, while the opposite parts experience a low tide. This cycle repeats itself every 24 hours and 50 minutes, which is called a lunar day.

How long does it take for high and low tides to change in Thanet? The answer is about six hours and 12 minutes. This means that every six hours and 12 minutes, the tide will reach its highest or lowest point, and then start to change direction. For example, if the high tide is at 12:00 pm, the low tide will be at 6:12 pm, and the next high tide will be at 12:24 am. You can check the exact times of the tides for any date and location on our website.

Why should you care about the tides in Thanet? Because they can make a huge difference in your experience of exploring our stunning coastline. Depending on the tide, you can discover different beaches, coves, caves, rock pools, wildlife and more. Some places are only accessible at low tide, while others are more impressive at high tide. For example, you can walk from Ramsgate to Broadstairs along the beach at low tide, or you can admire the dramatic cliffs and waves at Botany Bay at high tide.

How can you make the most of the tides in Thanet? The best way is to plan ahead and check the tide times before you visit. You can also download our app, which will alert you when the tide is changing and give you suggestions on what to see and do. Whether you want to relax on a sandy beach, explore a hidden cave, or enjoy some water sports, there’s something for everyone in Thanet. Just remember to be safe and respect the environment.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and learned something new about the tides in Thanet. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or contact us through our social media channels. And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more tips and updates on what’s happening in Thanet. Thanks for reading and happy exploring!

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