Walmer To Deal Castle

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  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Suitable for small children
  • Suitable for dogs

The route offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy watching the busy English Channel as well as to take advantage of numerous local seaside attractions.

Walmer CastleHenry VIII built Walmer Castle as part of his coastal defence network. Over the centuries, the castle has evolved into a grand residence for the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

Of all the distinguished holders of this post, it is probably Lord Wellington who spent most time at Walmer. The castle is now conserved by English Heritage and the many displays include an opportunity to see Wellington’s boots.

Deal Castle, also built by Henry VIII to repel potential invaders from France and Spain, remains one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England. The walls had positions for 200 cannon and gun ports and were rounded to deflect enemy cannon fire. The castle was also surrounded by a wide moat.

More recently, the castle became the official residence of the Captain of the Cinque Ports and remained as such until 1951.

Benches along this walk provide plenty of opportunities for rest and enjoying the views. There is a 40m access ramp (1:10 gradient with 1:25 cross slope) from the car park to the start of the route. The remainder of the path is firm and has a tarmac surface.

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Step by step guide

  • Start From the car park, take the access ramp by the recycling bins. At the top, cross over the cycling track and turn left onto the walking path.
  • After 300m, the walking and cycling paths split apart. Continue on the walking path as it bends to the right then immediately left.
  • After another 250m, the paths cross and rejoin.
  • If you wish to visit Deal Castle, cross from the path behind the small house to the far side of Marine Road. Follow the road as it turns left and cross the road at the drop kerb. Turn right onto Victoria Road. The entrance to the castle is 50m to your right.
  • The walk finishes just past Deal Castle by the ‘Millennium Milestone' at the side of the cycle path. You may continue ahead towards Deal Pier or return to the start.