If our previous blog, Footpaths, Beaches, White cliffs and Viking Ships – a day on the Kent coastline exploring the England Coast Path has inspired you to walk this section of the England Coast Path (and why wouldn’t it!), here are 10 of our favourite things you need to see along the way:
Dungeness Old Lighthouse
Along with the present day lighthouse and power station, the Dungeness Old Lighthouse dominates the landscape. It was opened in 1904 and is 46 metres high. Climb the circular concrete stairs to see the Great Lens and Sector Light and appreciate panoramic views.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Once encountered at Dungeness, you are never far away from the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, one of Kent’s top tourist attractions. Opened in 1927, enjoy a one-third full size steam locomotive trip along the 13.5 mile track. There are plenty of opportunities for refreshments and souvenirs at the stations along the way.
Romney Sands and the Glove Fence
The England Coast Path moves onto the beautiful and vast Romney Sands. Popular for land yachting (it was very windy when we were there!). See if you can spot the ‘Glove Fence’ fringing the dunes.
Royal Military Canal, Hythe
Dug entirely by hand and completed in 1809 the Royal Military Canal is rich in wildlife with sections designated as a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI). A pleasant walk along the tree lined banks makes for a welcome change of scenery.
Ramsgate’s Meridian line
We found something we didn’t know existed at the start of the Ramsgate section of the walk – the perfect start / finish line.
Viking ship, Pegwell Bay
Another unexpected sight along the walk, a replica Viking ship which was a gift from the Danish government marking the 1500th anniversary of the arrival of Hengist, leader of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, in 449AD.
Whatever your views on Brexit, this urban artwork on the side of a building is impressive, but hurry if you want to see it as it could be removed and sold soon.
Western Heights including the Drop Redoubt and the Great Shaft, Dover
Situated high above Dover, these fortifications almost completely blend into their surroundings, which is exactly what they were meant to do. They were used to hide and quickly mobilize troops during Napoleonic times.
Dover Cliffs and the Port of Dover
A pleasant stroll along this famous coastline, with the steady flow of ferries coming in and out, is an enjoyable way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Knights Templar Church, Dover
Another historically important site up on Dover’s western heights, This small medieval chapel was used by the military and religious order founded in the 12th century.
The Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne
This is the National Memorial to ‘the Few’ and is free to visit (although there is a small car park charge). The site includes interactive experiences, Memorial Wall, airman statue and replica aircraft.
Which of our 10 favourite things on the walk would you like to visit? We really enjoyed walking this Kent section of the England Coast Path. If you fancy giving it a go, don’t forget your Adventure Maps!