The English Channel Path
This page outlines the South East Coast Path. Please note that there is no official path of this name - but hopefully one day the promised English Coast Path will come this way and may well use this or a similar route. The path follows the coast between Eastbourne around the coast to Whitstable.
12 April 2014: Eastbourne: - beach replenishment - viewed from the pier
Description of the path
While there is not the same extent in terms of a peninsula as we have with Devon and Cornwall - it would be nice to have some symmetry as regards a coastal path in the east.
Since there is a natural change of direction east of Eastbourne to use this as a logical start point. The coast line moves first north east and then around Thanet and back on its self as far as Whitstable. Here a Thames Estuary path might then pick up the baton for the south and north coasts of the Thames estuary.
The Eastbourne to Whitstable coast echos with lot of history: from Roman and Norman invasion points through to the modern continental connections of Dover and the Channel Tunnel.
We travel through a clutch of well known popular holiday resorts in Eastbourne, Hastings, Folkestone; Deal; Ramsgate, Margate and Herne Bay.
Add to this the natural and mobile and sometimes desolate features of Dungeness to the chalk cliffs at Dover.
While England is much more than this, the route is nevertheless a rewarding coastline with a variety of topographies - like so many others in the British Isles.
Parts of the part are coincident with the Saxon Shore Way (see refs below) but this path is following todays coastline - therefore the connections are intermittent.
The stages walked to date are described in the supporting pages (see Table 2 below).
South East Coast Path Stats
|Total Distance||165.1||km [estimated]|
|Lowest point||Beaches||2m [amsl]|
|Highest point||Dover Hill, Folkestone tbc||150m [amsl]|
2. Stages Completed
The stages below are stages completed to date and follow a west to east direction along the coast. The distance is taken from the gps track data.
|Hastings - Camber||26.7 km||coast-moderate|
|New Romney - Folkestone||22.6 km||coast-flat|
|Folkestone -Dover||13.0 km||coast-hilly|
|Dover - Deal||15.8 km||coast-hilly|
|Deal - Broadstairs||24.6 km||coast-flat|
|Broadstairs - Birchington||15.4 km||coast-flat|
|Birchington - Whitstable||21.9 km||coast-flat|
3. Percent and total distance walked to date
|Completed||Who||Total distance to date|
|100% completed||HM; KM||165.1 km|
South East Coast Path Points of Interest
Getting there - access
Each stage includes a section regarding access to start/end points. In most cases this will be based on experience and where ever possible by using public transport.
Start: 12 April 2014
End: 22 January 2016
References & Links:
|20141207||Saxon Shore Way [LDP Association]|
|20141207||Saxon Shore Way [Kent Co Co]|
|20141207||Coasting Around Britain [Dave Higgins]|
KJM 26 January 2016