Royal Military Canal Path

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Walk information

Start point postcode: Get directions
Length: 44.8 km (28 miles)
Duration (estimated): This long distance walk can be completed in short sections over a number of days.

Parking: No.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

Stretching for 28 miles between Seabrook in Kent and Cliff End in East Sussex, the Royal Military Canal is the third largest man-made defensive structure in Britain. 

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Maps and guides

Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 125, 138 cover this route and are available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

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About the walk

The canal was built to protect England from the possible invasion of Napoleon's troops, with construction of the canal beginning in 1804.

Today, the canal is a great place to walk and enjoy the surrounding scenery and wildlife.

The variety of wildlife attracted to the area has led to sections of the canal being designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.

Find out more about the Royal Military Canal, the area around it, and recommended shorter walks along the trail.

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