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Reculver & St Nicholas at Wade

Kent Walk

County/Area - Kent

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.2 miles / 13.3 km    Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Time - 4 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

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Starting from Reculver this walk explores a section of the Kent coast. The route follows a path across low-lying land to the village of St Nicholas at Wade. The walk then turns towards the coast to join the Thanet Coastal Walk back to the start. The imposing twin towers of the medieval church at Reculver dominate the skyline of Herne Bay and are passed early in the walk and again at the end.

The walk starts from Reculver Public car park (pay and display) on the sea front (grid ref. TR226693). After parking walk towards the twin towers, keeping them on your left. Continue to the sea and at the first stone groyne jutting out to sea, turn right to walk beside a small lagoon on your left. At the end of the lagoon, bear left to join a path along the Rushbourne Sea Wall. After a kilometre the path turns right and continues to the railway (grid ref. TR242685). Do not cross the railway and turn left along a path running beside the railway for 600 metres. Cross the railway with care and continue across the River Wantsum to a junction of paths (grid ref. TR250683).

Turn right and follow the clear track to reach a lane and farm at Chambers Wall. Bear left along the lane and then first right (signed to St Nicholas at Wade). Cross the A299 and continue along Court Road into the centre of the village. Reaching a junction with the parish church ahead, bear left and then take the first lane on the left (Shuart Lane) beside the church. Cross the footbridge over the A299 and continue along the lane on the other side. At the two-way fingerpost, turn left and follow the track towards the sea. Re-cross the railway (again with care) and continue towards sea.

Turn left along the Thanet Coastal Wall which follows the substantial protection offered by the Northern Sea wall to the low-lying fields inland. An easy walk of just over four kilometres leads you back to the twin towers and the start of the walk in Reculver.

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Walking in Kent

Walking in KentA guidebook describing 40 walks in the county of Kent. Covering west Kent and The Weald and north and east Kent, including the Kent Downs and the Greensand Hills. Walks of 5 to 9 miles explore rivers and coastline, beautiful countryside and historic villages. With outlines of 11 longer walks ranging from 15 to 163 miles.
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