The Kent stretch of the England Coast Path was opened in 2016. Stretching from Camber in East Sussex to Ramsgate, this linear section takes you through stunning coastal scenery from outstanding views to wonderful seaside market towns and villages. See country parks in their full glory including one made from reclaimed material dug out when the channel tunnel was built!
The walk is about 66 miles long, so allow several days at a leisurely pace. Public transport along the way makes it possible to do the walk in parts too, check www.kentconnected.org
for further details. The route is mostly flat with some strenuous ascents and descents. There is public parking in Ramsgate (the multi storey offers overnight parking.) There are several pubs, restaurants and tea rooms on route.
Your walk starts in Ramsgate, home to the wonderful Ramsgate sands, Royal Harbour and niche independent cafes and tearooms just waiting to be discovered in the arches surrounding the harbour!
Heading out from Ramsgate, you won’t be stuck for choice with the wonderful selection of places to admire, eat or drink! Begin with a hearty breakfast next to the Royal Harbour, before passing by an array of historical buildings. Ramsgate was home to Pugin, architect of the magnificent St. Augustine’s Church, England’s newest shrine recalling England’s first missionary.
Leave the hustle and bustle behind and discover the best birdlife in Kent on the mud flats. The Sandwich Flats contain stunning scenery and are the place to go if you enjoy birding, so don’t forget your binoculars! The Sandwich Bay bird observatory is a great place for sightings of not only a variety of birds, but butterflies, moths and dragonflies as well.
Heading from the flats you can take in the heritage and natural beauty of Deal and Sandwich. Deal has an award winning High Street, winding smugglers’ lanes and independent shops whilst Sandwich is one of the best preserved medieval towns in England.
From Deal you’ll head towards St Margaret’s at Cliffe. Take some time to admire the beautiful bay, where you can spot the former home of James Bond writer Ian Fleming on the cliff top. Pay a visit to the Pines Calyx, with its six acres of landscaped gardens featuring marvellous sea views.
Continue across the cliff tops towards Dover passing the magnificent South Foreland Lighthouse, home to the Knott family for several generations and featuring a delightful tea room. The striking White Cliffs of Dover welcome you to a bustling town packed with wartime heritage, as well as wonderful places to stay and eat on Dover’s seafront. This also marks the starting point of the North Downs Way walk – which celebrates its 40th anniversary in September 2018.
From here, you will walk along vast sandy beaches with blue seas with plenty of opportunity to stop for a picnic, a paddle and some amazing photographs whilst you’re there. You’ll pass by Samphire hoe, a unique nature reserve that has been reclaimed from the sea. It is a great place to spot wildlife whilst taking a walk through its dramatic landscape. Heading on past Folkestone, you will also pass the Lower Leas Coastal Park, which has 3 recreational zones, a natural area, formal gardens and an area for adventure activities, it’s a great place to stop for a break from your walk.
This map has been created from the files produced by the National Trail Website, for more information visit the England Coast Path website.
Further along the coast you’ll find the pretty market town of Hythe packed full of independent boutiques, tea rooms and hidden cobbled walkways. Discover the Martello towers of Dymchurch and even take a ride along the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. It’s a great way of seeing this area in style and will take you to the unusual shingle landscape of Dungeness, home to some of the rarest birds and wildlife. Visit one of the three lighthouses in Dungeness and learn more about the fascinating landscape.
You’ll shortly be heading over the border into East Sussex but not before you make your way over cliff tops with wonderful sea views, coastal delights, sea life, bird life and plant life.
With the wonderful East Sussex coastline coming into view, you will soon arrive at the golden sand dunes of Camber where this stretch of the England Coast path ends – for now – more sections will be added soon!
Whether you are exploring shorter routes along the England Coast Path or fancy tackling the whole South East section you won’t be disappointed. It’s a perfect way to explore a new part of Kent or simply to enjoy the spectacular views.
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