Inspired to walk the Kent section of the England Coast Path

27th July 2017

To celebrate the recent opening of the Kent section of England Coast Path, A-Z Maps, the official mapping partner of the National Trails, are releasing brand new maps highlighting the various sections of path. Why would you need a map though? Surely it’s simply a matter of keeping the coast on the left or the right? In some locations (such as Hinckley Point Power Station in Somerset or around the MOD firing ranges in Hythe), the path heads inland making a map essential to navigate the path safely.

The two latest releases cover the brand new Kent section of England Coast Path which starts from Camber, just over the East Sussex border on the south coast right round to Ramsgate just short of the mouth of the Thames estuary. There are expansive views, sand and shingle beaches, unique habitats and various heritage buildings along the way. The majority of the path is an easy going route across flat terrain following the southern Kent coastline.

For the first time A-Z has used water resistant technology to accompany the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping to clearly show the route and surrounding area and be protected from the harsh coastal weather at the same time. You can buy the maps from the National Trail shop. 

Being close to their offices, staff at A-Z have decided to walk this stretch of the England Coast Path to get the full National Trail experience. At over 60 miles, this stretch would be too much for one day so they’ve decided to split into two teams and race each other to the finishing line in Folkestone. One team will start at Camber and the other from Ramsgate, all being well they will meet several hours later in Folkestone (with some very sore feet). The Ramsgate team have a slightly worse deal - the elevation graph barely registers on the Camber to Folkestone section whereas the Ramsgate section includes the climb over Shakespeare Cliff and is six miles longer too! You can follow their progress by visiting A-Z’s Facebook or Twitter page.

For a chance to win A-Z’s brand new England Coast Path maps and a £20 Amazon voucher simply guess where you think the two teams will meet by visiting our blog. The challenge will be taking place this Friday 28th July and will start at Camber and Ramsgate at 7:30am and will be seen off by the Mayor of Ramsgate.

Exciting news for walkers and outdoor lovers

The world’s longest waymarked coastal path will soon be opening and it’s going to be right here on our doorstep. The England Coast Path project is being organised by Natural England and their vision is to create a non-stop walking route around the entire country by 2020 (not including the stretch around the Welsh coast), for the first time joining up the stunning and dramatic scenery of our varied coastline.

Some sections of the path will follow long established routes such as the South West Coast Path. But this project will, for the first time, join up the whole 2,795 miles of our coastline making previously inaccessible private land available with permission from the landowners and crucially all the land between the path and the sea will also be open to roam free.

Currently only a handful of sections are open with more being lined up soon. To see a map of open sections along with a progress report on other parts of the country click here.

 

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