Take a deep breath of bracing sea air and explore one of the many beautiful walks along the coastline
The White Cliffs of Dover
The iconic White Cliffs of Dover are the perfect spot for a walk and offer stunning views, easily reached by high speed train to Dover Priory station. Take a short walk along the seafront and you’ll reach the cliffs, where there are various walks, including an accessible footpath to a viewpoint. You can also head to the South Foreland Lighthouse. Book a spot in the garden at Cullins Yard Bar for marina views, or wander along the seafront and grab a light bite from one of the many coffee shops.
Minnis Bay to Reculver Country Park
Trek the Saxon Shore Way from sandy Minnis Bay and enjoy dramatic scenery and stunning sea views. Reach the imposing Reculver towers, the remains of a Roman fort. This entirely flat route is great for all the family and best reached from Birchington-on-Sea station on the high speed line. Enjoy a meal al fresco overlooking Minnis beach at The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie or settle down for a picnic once you reach Reculver and enjoy captivating views of the sea.
Ramsgate to Margate
This 6.8 mile walk takes in nine bays along the Isle of Thanet’s stunning coastline, beginning in Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour where there are plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat or drink before setting off. After passing Ramsgate’s Sea Garden, take in the incredible views as you walk around the most south-easterly corner of England! Viking Bay, Joss Bay and Botany Bay are just a few of the bays you’ll pass, before you reach vibrant Margate where you can explore the Old Town, check out the latest exhibition at Turner Contemporary or get an adrenaline fix at Dreamland before hopping on the train at Margate station.
Folkestone to Dover
Take the high speed train to Folkestone Central and enjoy a stroll around the harbour and discover some of the many outdoor artworks across the seaside town before setting off on this 9 mile walk to Dover. Enjoy spectacular views from the cliff tops and visit the Battle of Britain War Memorial. Samphire Hoe Country Park is well worth a visit before you walk through Western Heights and approach Dover Castle.
Crab and Winkle Way
This historic route from Canterbury to Whitstable takes its name from the railway line which used to run between the two towns. The walk is just over 7.5 miles long, simply follow the signposts from Canterbury West station. This walk takes you through one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in England, The Blean, complete with a picnic site so you can enjoy spotting the wildlife and take in the stunning Kent countryside. Stop off at the 13th century Church of St Cosmus and St Damian with its beautiful stained-glass windows and enjoy the tranquillity. Because of the gradients the walk is not suitable for wheelchair users; however, the improved path surface has made access easier for those who are less mobile. Once you arrive in Whitstable, treat yourself to fish and chips from Ossie’s fish bar or sample some delicious oysters at The Royal Native Oyster Stores.
Deal to Sandwich
Deal is a pretty Kent seaside town with a wide shingle beach dotted with wooden fishing boats. Grab a bite to eat and drink at The Kings Head’s or something deliciously tasty from The Lane Bakery & Café before starting this 6-mile walk at the historic Deal Pier. Enjoy stunning views of the coastline and end up in Sandwich, a town full of perfectly preserved medieval buildings. The walk takes in history, wildlife and beautiful coastal views. Both Deal and Sandwich train stations are easily accessible from the town centres, making it easy to walk the route either way with the train to carry you home!