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Sandwich and Royal St George's

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Sandwich and Royal St George's
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 Aug 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Sandwich and Royal St George's Walking Guidestar1 Sandwich and Royal St George's Walking Guidestar1 Sandwich and Royal St George's Walking Guidestar1 Sandwich and Royal St George's Walking Guidestar0 Sandwich and Royal St George's Walking Guide
Kent, Sandwich
Walk Type: Coastal
Sandwich and Royal St George's
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Sandwich and Royal St George's Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from the pretty Kent town of Sandwich. The walk starts from the quayside in the town and heads out along the paths running alongside the River Stour and then through the championship golf course of Royal St George to reach the beach, before turning back in land to pass through farm land back to the town.

The walk is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles, just a few kissing gates. The paths are a mixture of tarmac paths and grass/dirt paths across the golf course and fields and so some of the route can be muddy after wet weather. One of the fields is likely to be holding sheep so take care with dogs. There are public toilets in the car park at the start. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

The walk starts from the Quay pay and display car park in Sandwich. Approximate post code CT13 9EN.

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Walk Sections

Start to Royal St George's
Start to Royal St George's

Start point: 51.2754 lat, 1.3438 long
End point: 51.2746 lat, 1.3649 long

Walk to the far end of the Quay car park, away from the swing bridge and continue straight ahead alongside the wooden gates and ahead onto the tarmac path lined with sycamore trees. Follow the tarmac path with the river running on the left and you will come to a white metal footbridge across a reedbed on the left. Cross over the bridge and follow the narrow tarmac path as it bends to the right with the river still on the left.

Follow the path as it bends now left and right again and then continues straight for a long section. At the fork keep right, marked as the Stour Valley Walk, and then follow the tarmac path for a long straight section through a tunnel of trees. Follow this path for some distance and eventually it will lead you to another white metal bridge. Cross over the bridge and continue on the stone path until it emerges to a quiet lane. Cross over the road and go ahead to enter the grounds of the Royal St George’s Golf Club.

Royal St George's to Beach
Royal St George's to Beach

Start point: 51.2746 lat, 1.3649 long
End point: 51.2774 lat, 1.3814 long

The walk now takes you across the golf course so be sure to respect the golfers by keeping quiet, keeping a careful lookout for stray golf balls flying towards you and allowing golfers to play their shots before you cross any fairways.

Go ahead through the fenced area, passing the wooden pavilion on the right. Pass through the kissing gate at the end and follow the footpath sign directing you straight ahead. Continue on the well kept mowed grass footpath directly ahead, passing to the left of a trio of thatched shelters.

Keep ahead and follow the footpath through the length of the course, the route is well marked with white wooden signs plus yellow topped stone waymarks. Take care as you cross the two fairways, which are marked to advise you which way the golfers will be playing.

Royal St George was founded in 1887 and is one of the best golf courses in the country, being one of the courses used on The Open Championship rotation.

After some distance you will emerge through a wooden kissing gate to a minor road with the beach beyond.

Beach to Prince's Golf Club
Beach to Prince's Golf Club

Start point: 51.2774 lat, 1.3814 long
End point: 51.2823 lat, 1.3783 long

Turn left here and either follow the road, or use the dunes at the back of the beach – the choice is yours – heading for the red and white club house building further down the lane. Enjoy the views ahead to Pegwell Bay and over to the right to Ramsgate.

If you are following the dunes or beach, head back to the road before you reach the club house. Pass through the black metal kissing gate to enter the grounds of Prince’s Golf Club still following the entrance lane.

Prince's Golf Club to Bridge
Prince's Golf Club to Bridge

Start point: 51.2823 lat, 1.3783 long
End point: 51.2791 lat, 1.357 long

Continue ahead on the tarmac lane and as you approach the white club house ahead, fork left in front of it onto the stone track. Once you are behind the buildings, turn left again to continue on the stone track, with the fence boundary to the Royal St George’s course on the left and the open area of Prince’s course on the right.

You are now following the Stour Valley Walk. After passing through a white vehicle barrier, where the stone track bears right, keep ahead onto the grass path. Pass through a metal kissing gate and keep ahead on the obvious path into an open field. Note that there are likely to be sheep grazing in this field so keep dogs on a short lead.

Follow the obvious path ahead and eventually you will need to skirt left then right around the corner of a fenced grazing area. Continue ahead, ignoring the stile to the right, and then follow the path as it swings gradually left leaving the fence line and heading to the left of the farmhouse and buildings ahead.

The path emerges through a metal kissing gate out onto the road. Turn left and follow the road round the left hand bend for just a few paces, then turn right onto the path with a tall green fence on the left. This path acts as a bridge over a tributary to the main river.

Bridge to End
Bridge to End

Start point: 51.2791 lat, 1.357 long
End point: 51.2746 lat, 1.3464 long

Continue on the narrow tarmac path as it swings first left and then right running alongside the river on the right. Follow the path winding ahead and you will come to a T-junction. Here turn right to join the path you followed on the outward stretch.

From this point retrace your steps to the start. To do this follow the path to reach the sluice gates ahead. Turn right and follow the path across the white metal bridge. Turn right onto the main wide tarmac path and follow this through the park area and back to the car park.

You may want to take time to explore Sandwich itself. Sandwich was once a major port, although it is now two miles from the sea. It was originally one of the Cinque Ports, a series of five coastal towns in Kent and Sussex allocated special privileges in 1155 for military and trade purposes, and it still retains many medieval buildings. Alongside the Quay car park you can see Fisher Gate, a tall medieval arch which is the only surviving medieval town gate.

Sandwich has a number of claims to fame. It was here in 1255 that the first captive elephant was landed in England, a gift to Henry III from the French King. The title Earl of Sandwich was created in 1660 for a prominent naval commander. It is believed that the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, first requested a portable snack between two slices of bread, leading to the town’s connection with the popular lunch of the same name.

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1 responses to "Sandwich and Royal St George's"

Lovely walk, fairly flat and no stiles which is a bonus with the dog. Public conveniences on the beach/dunes about half-way were very clean and pleasant to use. Worth noting that at the time of writing the quay-side parking is reduced and minimal while works are carried out...

By tigclay on 2014-05-25 15:36:12

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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