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The only section of the England Coast Path currently open in the South East runs from Camber to Ramsgate and now is the perfect time of year to enjoy its delights - By Robert Peel.
There is probably not a more varied section of coastline in Britain than the 66 miles between Camber and Ramsgate. The shingles around Dungeness are a unique wildlife habitat forming an eerie landscape much used in films. Romney Marsh, gradually reclaimed from the sea over two millennia and famous for its sheep, is so different from the rest of Kent as to have earned the nickname “the fifth continent”. Folkestone is famous for its public artworks, many of them adjacent to the coast path, while the section of clifftop path from Folkestone past Dover and on to Deal is one of the finest walks in South East England with superb views of France on a clear day.
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The route passes castles of various ages, the point where Julius Caesar is supposed to have landed when invading Britain, glorious sandy beaches, nature reserves, Samphire Hoe made of the spoil from boring the Channel Tunnel and much, much more. Many sections are flat and as suitable for cycling as walking; others offer spectacular cliffs and exhilarating climbs. The currently open section finishes at Ramsgate with its fine harbour and elegant architecture including Augustus Pugin’s home The Grange. The whole route and the sights to be appreciated along the way are fully described in a guide produced by Kent Ramblers, available from www.kentramblers.org.uk/books.
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