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Minnis Bay to Reculver Country Park - Stile Free Trail
Minnis Bay to Reculver Country Park - Stile Free TrailDownload
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3.7 mi5.95 km
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Our stile free routes are suitable for a wide range of users including those in mobility scooters and families with younger children.

At Explore Kent, we aim to provide detailed information about our routes to give you a clear idea of what to expect. Please be mindful that our stile free routes are located in the countryside and the path surfaces can be adversely affected by poor weather conditions. Certain routes may be better suited for wheelchairs with wider wheels, as they can handle the terrain more easily compared to other wheelchairs. We encourage you to read about the trails, and to assess them if you feel confident in completing them yourself.

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Route information:

This is an easy access walk, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs using the path along the sea wall with opportunities to take in wonderful sea views of the Thanet Coast.

The entire length of the route is flat, a great route for all the family.  The highlight of this walk is the imposing towers of Reculver sometimes referred to as the Two Sisters or simply Reculver Towers.  The towers are the remains of a monastic church and sit within a Roman Fort, most of the fort and church itself have been washed out to sea, however, the towers and ruins are a fascinating place to explore.

The grounds of Reculver are a perfect spot for a picnic and have wonderful views of the sea and surrounding coastline.  There are also benches along the route near the start in Minnis Bay.

The walk follows the Viking Coastal Trail, and mainly uses the concrete surfaced sea-wall.  There will be lots of opportunity to spot bird life along the walk so don’t forget your binoculars! The Viking Coastal Trail is a multi-user route meaning cyclists can also use the trail.  Please be considerate to other trail users.

If you’ve got time have a look around explore the Reculver Visitor Centre and discover the two thousand year history including how the Isle of Thanet was cut off from the mainland by the Wantsum channel!

This linear walk of 3.7 miles (6km) one-way, or 7.4 miles (12km) returning to the start. You can walk this route back from whence you came from Reculver to Minnis Bay, or if you prefer, or use public transport to return to your starting point.  Kent Connected can help you with directions by public transport.


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Step by step guide

Take the path from the corner of the car park heading towards Reculver. The path is marked by a blue sign indicating cycle route 15. Take this path and continue until you reach the 1st barrier.

Continue along the sea wall for 2.8 miles (4.5km), towards Reculver Towers. No barrier on seaward side

Pass through the barrier before point 2.

Reaching the narrow path on the right, continue straight ahead, the path widens and becomes a disused road.

The road ends in a 5-bar metal gate with a passing place on the right hand side, next to the King Ethelbert Inn. Take care crossing the road and continue ahead to reach the car park and visitor centre. Retrace your steps back to Minnis Bay

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