Saturday, 22 September 2018
Start time: 10:10
Moderate 12 miles / 19.3 km
Travel: Take the 08:10 from Charing Cross (Waterloo East 08:13, London Bridge 08:19), arrives Minster at 10:09. Alternatively take the 08:37 High Speed train from St Pancras International (Stratford International 08:44), arrives Ashford International 09:14, change onto 09:35 to Minster. Buy a return to Sandwich as this will cover the return journey but make sure you get the train to Minster. Return trains from Sandwich are at 06 minutes past the hour to St Pancras (change at Faversham for slower trains to Victoria)
An interesting inland walk; no sea today! We start with a quick look at Minster Church (“the cathedral on the marshes”) on the site of the first monastery built by the Saxons in 670AD and enlarged by the Normans. It has a Saxon turret, Norman nave and medieval misericords. We cross the reclaimed medieval salt marshes on drove roads to Stourmouth (the original estuary before it silted up). We follow the Stour Valley Walk through orchards (possibly in fruit) where the ancient Britons grew crab apples for a sharp cider. We go past Paramour Court with its Tudor chimneys and Poplar Farm with its Dutch gables. At Richborough there’s a Roman fort which guarded the channel separating the Isle of Thanet from Kent. This original coast is where the Romans landed. In 55BC they did a recce to identify the best beach then returned in 54BC to install a friendly British king who would pay them tribute before invading properly in 43 AD. We end with the Saxon Shoreway following the original coastline past a Roman amphitheatre, Georgian windmill and nature reserve to Sandwich. Bring a packed lunch. Possible pub at end.
Terrain: Footpaths, some road walking
Dropout points: None
Minster Railway Station Exit
Grid reference: TR311641
Start time: 10:10
Sandwich Railway Station
Grid reference: TR332576
This is a linear walk
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