St Margarets Bay walk – guarding the gateway

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Pine Gardens are the first stop on your cliff-top tour after following the Saxon Shore Way signs along Beach Road. The Gardens surround a central statue of Winston Churchill, a bronze reminder of darker days on the Kent coast.

The whitewashed South Foreland Lighthouse sits along your trail. The Victorian lighthouse is conserved by the National Trust today and its concrete cross-channel gun positions are still visible in the undergrowth.

Along The Leas you’ll find the former Coastguard Station, now a pub and a retreat from the windswept cliff tops to enjoy Channel views before heading back to the stretch of shingle beach at St Margaret’s Bay. Not to mention the whitewashed house at the end of the beach where Ian Fleming, writer of the James Bond novels once lived and is said to have written ‘Moonraker’.

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