Walkers are Welcome in Deal

walkers are welcome

The first town in the South-East to be accredited as a Walkers are Welcome town, Deal is situated where the White Cliffs of Dover fall away to meet the reclaimed estuary that was in Roman times the Wansum Channel and so offers a unique variety of terrain extremes for walking. To the south, cliff top paths lead to St. Margaretís Bay and beyond.

From Oldstairs Bay at Kingsdown past the town and northwards to where the river Stour meets the sea at Shellness, passing three links golf courses all of which have hosted The Open, there is 10 miles of completely flat seafront to walk.

walkers are welcome

Inland there is rolling countryside dotted with villages, churches, pubs and small woods. In spring blocks of bright yellow oilseed rape interrupt the greens and browns of trees and fields. Further out in season endless pretty pink blossoms of extensive apple orchards can be walked through.

The cliffs and seafront are part of the Saxon Shore Way long distance path that runs from Hastings right round the Kent coast to Gravesend. Another long distance path, The Timeball and Telegraph Trail leading from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich 97 miles to the Timeball Tower on Deal seafront, passing over each of the hills on which a chain of Napoleonic era signal towers stretched from the Admiralty to the Downs anchorage, has been devised by the local Long Distance Walkers Association.

walkers are welcome

Other local walking groups include the White Cliffs Ramblers who in addition to maintaining local footpaths including stiles and gates, regularly have weekend and midweek walks of varying distances and difficulties.

Happy Walkers midweek walk is often bus out and walk back to cover a wider range of paths without increasing the distance. Both welcome visitors as guests. For a week around August Bank Holiday there is a walking festival that now attracts over 1000 participants

There are around 35 organised walk from about 2 miles with a special interest theme up to supported walks of 30 miles, sometimes 50.

walkers are welcome

At the Timeball on the seafront there is an historical information panel, one of many around the town detailing its history as it grew from a few fishing huts to a major victualling centre for sailing ships anchored offshore. A leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Town Hall showing a walking route through the historical town centre connecting them together. In each of the surrounding villages a similar panel details its local places of historical interest.

walkers are welcome

The Deal Society had taken responsibility for blue plaques identifying where people of local renown or those more widely known who lived in Deal for a time had their residences. They have produced a walk description with short and long options leading past them. Since it was written more plaques have been put up and even a pub has been named for Norman Wisdom who grew up in the town.

walkers are welcome

The Tourist Information Centre can provide photocopies of some short and medium distance walks leading from central locations out into the countryside. Explore Kent produces leaflets for two walks in the nearby countryside.

The Miners Way comprises route options connecting sites associated with coal mining in Dealís hinterland.

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