Littlestone to Dymchurch: Kent’s Coast Through Time
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As you venture on this wonderful walk along the England Coast Path, you will first, be greeted by the drinking fountain where the Grand Parade adjoins Littlestone Road. This well-known historical landmark has an air of faded Victorian gentility and is a great place to sit and look at the fine views out to sea.
As you head further along the coast path, pause to take in the vast 120ft Victorian Water Tower, which is now a listed building. You will also have an opportunity to admire the tower from afar later in your walk.
While venturing along this wonderful walk, explore the small coastal village of Littlestone home to a lifeboat station which regularly responds to calls out to sea. Littlestone beach is beautifully peaceful and is the perfect escape from the bustle of daily life!
Out at sea, there is a concrete section of Mulberry Harbour, built-in 1944 for the Dunkirk Landings, which is now a reminder of the military heritage in this area.
Head past the popular sandy beach and village of St Mary’s Bay, also known as ‘The Bay’. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway has its own station here with direct access to this stunning beach. Why not stop off at the beach? Bring a picnic or treat yourself to snacks and drinks from the kiosk!
Look out for the very interesting plaque by Dymchurch sea wall explaining its history of the wall.
As you continue to follow the England Coast path towards Dymchurch, aside from the sandy beach, you will also pass another Martello Tower located in the car park and will give you a great opportunity to stand next to one and take in its vast size and proportion within the landscape.
There is plenty to do in the bustling coastal village of Dymchurch which has something for every taste, from amusements to the wonderful heritage trail! Head to the thrilling amusements or even try out the Dymchurch Heritage Trail where you can discover the history of the buildings and people who once lived here.
End this wonderful walk, by admiring the striking English Heritage Dymchurch Martello Tower, which is part of a chain of small defensive forts built by the British government between 1805 and 1812. It is open to the public in the summer months!