Walks for all - Walmer To Deal Castle

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Walk information

Start point postcode: CT14 7LL - get directions
Length: 3.2 km (2 miles)
Duration (estimated): 1 hour

Parking: Unless you are visiting the castle, please do not use the castle car park. There are three car parks on the seaward side of Kingsdown road. About 100m north of the junction with Granville Road, turn right into the car park with red signs at the entrance.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

One of our popular Walks for All series, this accessible walk along the coast takes in two of the best preserved fortifications to be found along this section of the Kent coast and the gateway to England - Walmer Castle and Deal Castle.

Maps and guides

Download the Walmer Castle to Deal Castle walking guide (PDF, 278.0 KB).

Ordnance Survey Explorer map 150 covers this walk. Available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

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About the walk

The route offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy watching the busy English Channel as well as to take advantage of numerous local seaside attractions.

Walmer CastleHenry VIII built Walmer Castle as part of his coastal defence network. Over the centuries, the castle has evolved into a grand residence for the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

Of all the distinguished holders of this post, it is probably Lord Wellington who spent most time at Walmer. The castle is now conserved by English Heritage and the many displays include an opportunity to see Wellington's boots.

Deal Castle, also built by Henry VIII to repel potential invaders from France and Spain, remains one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England. The walls had positions for 200 cannon and gun ports and were rounded to deflect enemy cannon fire. The castle was also surrounded by a wide moat.

More recently, the castle became the official residence of the Captain of the Cinque Ports and remained as such until 1951.

Benches along this walk provide plenty of opportunities for rest and enjoying the views. There is a 40m access ramp (1:10 gradient with 1:25 cross slope) from the car park to the start of the route. The remainder of the path is firm and has a tarmac surface.