Walk 67: Sandwich and the Sea
Distance: 8.4 miles (3.5 hours) or 6.9 miles
(3 hours) if short cut taken
OS Map: Explorer 150 (Start at grid reference
Start from the Quayside car park. You could park here but there is a hefty charge every day
including Sunday – 90p an hour or £6.50 for a full day.
The Guildhall and Gazen Salts car parks are free on Sundays
and the latter is only 60p an hour or £5.00 a day on other days at
the time of writing.
the broad tarmac path in an easterly direction away from the
quayside. In 300yds
turn L across a metal footbridge and turn R.
When the path divides take the R fork and follow for half
mile to cross another metal bridge, keeping to the SSW.
Continue on for 150yds and cross a farm road.
Now enter Royal Saint Georges
The path across the course is
excellently way-marked with a succession of sign stones, white posts
and notices: ‘To the Sea’.
In ¾ mile you reach a road, Princes Drive, which runs
alongside the beach. APPROX 1¾ miles.
through the kissing gate, then turn R and follow the road for ¾ mile
to Sandwich Bay Estate (you can walk on the beach if
preferred). At the end
of the Estate, by the Sailing Club, pass through a kissing gate onto
a stony track (still adjacent to the sea) and follow for a further ¾
mile. You are now walking alongside ‘Royal Cinque Ports Golf
passing an oil drum painted red and white, take first path on R
across the course and in 200yds emerge onto the road by the Chequers
pub. APPROX 4 miles.
4 Turn R
and stay on the road for ¼ mile until you reach two finger posts.
Bear left along the asphalt road and shortly bear left up a
bank towards some metal gates.
Do not go through the gates but turn right along a bank.
Follow the bank, which can be a bit overgrown in midsummer,
past Mary Bax Stone (don’t blink or you’ll miss it, just a
few feet below the path on your R) and the bungalow on your L.
Shortly after the bungalow, bear L down the bank to a stile
and follow the path along the edge of a series of fields passing
through several kissing gate until you reach a dirt road. The
Bird Observatory is a short distance to the R.
5 You now
have two options:
For the SHORTER WALK go straight across
the road and pass through the first of several kissing gates
(installed by the stiles team of White Cliffs Ramblers) until you
reach a road at a toll house.
Turn L and follow the road into Sandwich.
Soon after passing St George’s Road on the L, there is a path
on the R taking you back to the quayside.
However, you could instead carry on until
you reach the town walls where you can turn L along a very
attractive path (marked green on the map) following the walls right
round the town to Strand Street.
Here turn R and continue back to the quayside.
For the LONGER WALK turn L onto the
Bridleway. It briefly
follows a stream, then crosses a concrete bridge (to which a
footpath which diverts R from the Bridleway will also take you) and
goes between hawthorn bushes and brambles until in just over ½ mile
you reach a level crossing.
APPROX 6 miles
straight on. The path
soon becomes a metalled road; follow until it bends sharply to the L
at Temptye farmhouse.
Here you turn R, indicated by a Bridleway Finger Post, still on a
metalled road, and in just under ½ mile turn R again by an
attractive white house.
Follow the tarmac path which crosses a metal bridge until you reach
a main road. APPROX
Turn R and continue on, over the level
crossing and turn R again at Mill Wall.
Follow back to the Quay.
This walk was originally published on a
calendar produced by White Cliffs Group.
Thanks to Ted Roche for originally devising this route, Rob
Riddle for the top photograph, Diana Blackwell for checking the
directions and Andrew Boultbee for the idea.
has updated the directions and supplied additional photographs.
Sandwich Bay - Isle of Thanet on the horizon
Sandwich: leaving the quayside
Points of Interest:
is considered to be one of the most complete medieval towns in England. It has changed very little over the centuries and its buildings, streets and alleyways still provide the visitor with much to explore. A ‘walled town’, it can still be viewed by walking round parts of the original ramparts.
B The Quay
was in the 13th century an important harbour for the export of wool. Lying in the ‘Wantsum channel’, it could accommodate many hundreds of vessels but in the 14th century it began silting up and by the 16th century was some 2 miles from the sea. It became, as now, merely an arm of the river Stour.
C Royal Saint Georges Golf Links,
founded 1887, is perhaps the most famous of three championship golf courses situated here. ‘Princes’, to the north, founded in 1912, hosted the Open Championship in 1932 and ‘Royal Cinque Ports’ to the south, founded in 1892, often holds the Amateur Championships. Royal Saint Georges has hosted the British Open on ten occasions.
D Sandwich Bay Estate
consists of a number of large houses which although in many cases look very old are, in fact, part of a development begun in 1912. They are the product of several well known architects of the time and the resulting variety of styles provides for an interesting detour.
E Mary Bax
stone marks the spot where Mary Bax, a local girl was murdered by a foreign gentleman on August 25th 1782.
F Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory
(just a few yards off the route) has been recording aspects of wildlife and, in particular ‘the ringing of birds’ since 1952. It is an important station for monitoring bird migration. Visitors welcome. Open 10am-4pm 7 days per week.
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