The England Coast Path is a trail that, when completed, will form a continuous path around England’s coastline. In Kent this path is currently open in three sections, with the final linking sections expected to open in 2023. The three sections are: Camber to Ramsgate, Whitstable to Iwade and Grain to Woolwich.
Each section has something unique to offer whether you want to get lost in nature, enjoy a bustling seaside market or explore medieval castles. Read our guide to the England Coast Path to decide which section you’ll be walking first.
New Stretch of Coast Path Open October 2022
The newest stretch of the England Coast Path from Whitstable to Iwade opened in Kent on October 26th 2022. Starting from lively Whitstable Harbour, famous for its oysters and artisan market, you’ll pass shingle beaches, historic Faversham and wild marshes before ending at the Kingsferry Bridge near Iwade.Find out more about Whitstable to Iwade in our blog.
Kent’s Heritage Coast
The magnificent chalk cliffs between Folkestone and Kingsdown form Kent’s Heritage Coast, one of Britain’s most evocative and best-known landmarks. The Dover Strait is one of the world’s most important, recognised and busiest seascapes. Kent’s Heritage Coast won international recognition as the 4th region on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022. Kent was the only UK destination to feature and was selected for its unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.Find out more about Kent's Heritage Coast
Coast Path Walks
8 Shorter Linear Walks from Dungeness to Ramsgate
The first section of coast path to open in Kent, this 66-mile stretch from the sand dunes of Camber to Ramsgate Royal harbour is a treat no matter what kind of walker you are. You’ll discover golden beaches, incredible views across the channel, castles and fortifications, museums, markets and fine dining.
Tackling 66 miles of coast path can seem a bit daunting if you aren’t a seasoned walker so Explore Kent has broken it down into an exciting collection of 8 smaller sections. Each walk ends where the next begins and is close to public transport links to help you take it one step at a time.
Explore the North Kent Coast
Discover another side to the England Coast Path with more walks and bikes rides along the coast from Margate to Gravesend. The north coast is full of hidden gems from nature reserves, such as Oare Marshes, to harbour towns, impressive beaches and art galleries.
Blue Flag Beaches
The Blue Flag Award is an award recognising cleanliness, water quality and just overall top quality beaches – and we’re proud to have a great selection of Blue Flag beaches in Kent! Everything we love about a day at the beach – sandcastles, fish and chips, colourful beach huts, great surf – can be found somewhere on the Kent coast.