3.5 miles (5.6km). Approx 7,000 steps. Allow 2 hours.
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:
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.
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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
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.
Why not enjoy more days out in the countryside following one of
the 10 top routes in our special Walks
in East Kent Pack.
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How to get there
Postcode starting point: CT6 6SU.
By car: From the A299, follow signs to Reculver
(via Reculver Lane).
Parking: Parking is available near Reculver
Towers. There is a charge payable for parking.
Bus: 7 (Canterbury – Herne Bay) 1 or 2 journeys
Mon – Sat Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.
Refreshments and facilities: Reculver.
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