The White Cliffs Ramblers officially opened the Kearsney Loop Walk yesterday, 2 July 2019. The Loop includes a permissive path, passing through land owned by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), which now avoids walking beside a busy road.
Starting at Kearnsey Abbey, the walk takes in Russell Gardens and great views from Scotland Common as well as crossing the MOD land at Bushy Ruff.
As well as proposing the new path, White Cliffs Ramblers, in liaison with and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (part of the MOD which owns the land), and Dover District Council installed steps and a gate on the route, to create a safe and family-friendly route.
Major Rick Beven, Senior Training Safety Officer for the MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) said: “We are delighted to have worked with the White Cliffs Ramblers to improve public access by creating a new permissive footpath across MOD land. “DIO takes safety very seriously and the steps and gates that the White Cliffs Ramblers group has created will allow the public to walk the route safely, while enjoying the beautiful scenery.”
Averil Brice, a White Cliffs Rambler, who organised the gates, steps and waymarking, described the new footpath as a “golden key” as it “gives direct access to miles of scenic rural public rights of way.” This will enable more people to enjoy the beautiful countryside close to Dover without needing a car as Kearsney station is only a five minute walk away. Local bus routes also pass close by.
The new walk will feature in the programme of the White Cliffs Walking Festival, organised by the group and taking place between August 22-28.