Walks Through History: Kent. Walk 5. Reculver: Roman forts and Saxon churches

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Local buses are operated by Stagecoach - services to the surrounding towns are very frequent.

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Villages on these routes are well served but those off the main routes are more isolated by public transport. Unfortunately buses do not link up so well with west Kent Sissinghurst etc where they are operated by Arriva - I think the main hub is Maidstone though I don't know much about the ticket types they offer. Train services are operated by Southeastern. You can also refer to the National Rail journey planner. Train services are very frequent, no advance booking required, the walk-up fare is always the same as advance unless they are running an online promotion on the website.

Many towns and villages have rail stations but as Canterbury has 2 rail lines you have a much greater choice of places to go. If you're planning on going by train then buying ad-hoc bus tickets to continue your journey, there are some all-in-one "Plusbus" tickets in some destinations. You will find the excellent Kent public transport map of value.

Canterbury bus station has comprehensive timetable leaflets for all buses operating from there. Out in the wilds, many bus routes are operated by small private concerns and information is a little less easy to come by. If you check the bus route number s for a given place on that map, you can find out more about it at this website. This website also includes train information. For example, Sissinghurst has a bus once every hour on the Arriva company's number 5 route between Maidstone and Sandhurst.

This route passes by Staplehurst railway station, which has service every 30 minutes from Canterbury via Ashford. So, with a bit of careful planning you should be able to get to just about anywhere from Canterbury. I live in east Kent and can't do anything but say you have two good answers that cover everything I was going say. Don't forget that there are some lovely seaside towns in east Kent, Deal , Sandwich, Broadstairs , and if you like art the new Turner Contemporary in Margate , just about the only good thing in Margate, although there are some nice little shops in the old town.

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Yes Canterbury is the best place for carless travel for reasons given in the above posts. I would only consider a smaller village if you didn't plan to travel to other places - which you do. Canterbury also has the benefit of the new high speed trains from London St Pancras although IMO the route on the slower trains from Charing Cross is more interesting.


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It also has a network of WWII tunnels. Nearbly Walmer Castle and Gardens and Deal castle are well worth a visit. All 3 are managed by English Heritage who do an Overseas Visitors' pass. The main Roman ruins in Kent are:. Lullingstone Roman Villa , near Eynsford in west Kent. The Pharos lighthouse at Dover Castle.

Roman Painted House museum at Dover. Roman Museum at Canterbury remains of a mosaic floor.

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Reculver Roman Fort near Herne Bay just 2 low walls of the fort - itself not that impressive but the striking ruins of the Saxon church within are worth the trip. Like others here I'd agree that Canterbury is an excellent base for car less holidays.

Not just because of the good train links for east Kent villages and the North Kent coastal towns, but also because Canterbury has plenty to offer visitors. As you are interested in guided walks, you may want to look at a website provided by Kent County Council that provides lots of information about guided and self guided walks in Kent, this is at www. This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity.

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Recluver Beach is a small, tranquil stretch of shingle, backed by rocks and grassy areas around 3 miles east of Herne Bay. The remains of a 12th century church, with its two towers, known locally as "The Twin Sisters", make a romantic backdrop and provide an excellent photo opportunity.

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Come here to spend a few hours walking along the many paths in the area, or just to relax in this evocative, peaceful place. There was once a Roman fort on the site, a few remains of which can still be seen. After the Romans left, a Saxon church was built here, and later, the church whose towers we see here today. The grassy area behind the church ruins is suitable for picnics, or just sitting and taking in the view across the sea.

In more recent history, during the Second World War, the sea off the coast here was used to test the Barnes Wallis "dam-buster" bouncing bomb.

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The car park here is reasonably priced, although visitors will need to remember to bring coins to pay. Access to the beach is via a slipway. Children of all ages will enjoy playing at the nearby playground.