Walks in East Kent - Reculver

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Walk information

Start point postcode: CT6 6SU - get directions
Length: 3.5 miles (5.6km)
Duration (estimated): 2 hours

Parking: Pay and display parking is available near Reculver Towers.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

Enjoy the sights and sounds to be experienced along one of the most rapidly changing stretches of the Kent coastline. Head through Reculver Country Park along the famous Saxon Shore Way and back alongside the strand.

Maps and guides

Download the Reculver walk walking guide (PDF, 1.1 MB).

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

Download the Reculver walk GPX file for your handheld GPS device (GPX, 23.6 KB)

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About the walk

There are many local legends about the ruins of St Mary's Church. It was built on the site of a Saxon minster and acquired its towers in the 12th century. Originally the two towers, known as the Twin Sisters, had spires on top but these were removed in the early 20th century.

One tale tells of the love between two sisters, who were shipwrecked as they made their way to Broadstairs on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady. Unfortunately, one of the sisters, Isabella, died as a result of the accident. Her sister, Frances, is said to have restored Reculver church and added the two spires of the tower in her memory.

When the nearby Roman fort was built, the sea was at least 2km away. It formed part of the fortifications defending the coast from invasion from Europe. It was also used as a lighthouse and watchtower serving the entrances to the Thames and the Medway.

An interpretation centre in the country park outlines the geological and archaeological history of this interesting area. It also highlights the wildlife to be seen on the marshes and rare cliff top wildflower meadows throughout the year.

Thousands of migrating birds gather here on their way to the Arctic. Brent Geese and wading birds can be seen in winter and sand martin nest in the cliffs in summer.

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