England Coast Path is officially Launched

After months of hard work by the Natural England Coast Path team, the Southeast section of the England Coast Path is officially Launched.

The route provides a link between communities and towns along the coast including Camber and Lydd, Greatstone and Hythe and Deal and Sandwich. It includes areas of great heritage: from the supposed landing site of Caesar at Walmer to embarkation points on the River Stour at Richborough used by soldiers and horses in the First World War; and from Napoleonic Martello towers dotted along the coast near Dymchurch to extensive Second World War defenses at Dover, such as Winston Churchill’s tunnels inside the cliffs at Fan Bay.

Three miles of new path have also been created at Sandwich, giving access around the peninsula for the first time. Walkers can enjoy new views along the River Stour across Peg well Bay towards the cliffs at Ramsgate and overlook the wonderful National Nature Reserve of Sandwich and Pegwell Bay.

Our part in this project consisted of producing signage on the path to interpret the coastal habitats and wildlife, but also show the critical access restrictions for the area around Pegwell Bay.  This beautiful Coastal Country Park has some very special birdlife nesting along the coastal margins and its crucial to protect them from disturbance from people and dogs.  Our mapping, produced under the close direction of the team at Natural England, shows clearly these restrictions whilst highlighting the New England Coast Path.

During our time there Pegwell bay looked utterly beguiling with turquoise seas, whispering dune grass and scudding clouds over myriad of Pyramidal Orchids among the dunes. We would highly recommend a visit to the park, you wont be disappointed.

We were blessed with fantastic weather for installing the works and ended the second day feeling sunburnt and righteous!

Stunning drone footage of the route is available here:
England Coast Path between Camber, East Sussex and Ramsgate in Kent
https://youtu.be/sWAQYrN4fr4

England Coast Path between Folkestone and Ramsgate, Kent
https://youtu.be/miK3PpFg2l0

For information on the Access Restrictions:
www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/sandwich-and-pegwell-bay

For information on the Access Restrictions:
http://tinyurl.com/jr834f7

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