New Whitstable to Iwade Coast Path
26th October 2022
England Coast Path takes a step forward in north Kent as Whitstable to Iwade stretch is officially open!
This autumn a new walking trail from north Kent opens! The newest section of the England Coast Path will help you connect with nature and provide you with a wealth of health and wellbeing opportunities.
This easy-to-follow walking route along the north Kent coast, through spectacular landscapes from saltmarshes and mud flats teeming with birds, to sea forts, and historic towns with their nautical heritage, has been opened by Natural England.
This new section will form part of the 2,700-mile-long England Coast Path, which will become the longest managed coastal walking route in the world!
This route will eventually help connect the country’s entire coastline into one long National Trail. The walk will take you through some of the finest landscapes in England allowing you to access some places you’ve never been before.
Jim Seymour, Natural England Area Manager said:
“This new trail has a spectacular landscape and captures how important the north Kent coastline has been over the ages with many interesting and historic sites.
“At a time when the benefits of connecting with nature are clearer than ever, it’s fabulous that we are opening up this 29-mile walking route on the north Kent coast for people to enjoy.
“The nation-wide promotion of the England Coast Path should also benefit the local economy by bringing walkers past the many local businesses on this route; to shop, for refreshments and to stay.”
The 29-mile continuous walking route stretch starts in Whitstable with the trail leaving the coast around the industrial complex and port at Ridham, before returning to the seawall towards Kingsferry Bridge near Iwade where the trail ends. In-between the start and end destination, the trail also visits the Swale district, Faversham and Oare.
Below are some highlights you can expect to see along the brand new Whitstable to Iwade section of the England Coast Path.