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Guarding the Gateway- St Margaret's Bay

Circular walks along the Saxon Shore Way
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.7 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  This circular walk, much of it along quiet roads where the going is very easy, is dotted with reminders of Britain's more recent... more »

Tips:  Distance: 4.7 miles (7.5 km)
Time: Allow 2 hours 45 minutes
Stiles:1
Parking: Car park at St Margaret's Bay
Refreshments and... more »

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Points of Interest

As you walk past the St Margaret's Museum and the popular Pines Gardens, look for the centrepiece of Winston Churchill. The bronze statue in the gardens is a brooding reminder of Britain's darkest days when Nazis were just 20 miles away. The entrance to the St Margaret's Museum is dramatically guarded by two naval cannons.

This striking Victorian lighthouse is now conserved by the National Trust. The concrete remnants of the Cross-Channel gun positions and observation posts are still clearly visible in the undergrowth.

3. Former gun position

Look out for the former position of 'Bruce', the high velocity howitzer.

4. Former coastguard station

From here you can enjoy excellent channel views and a welcoming cup of tea; the former coastguard station has since been turned into a tearoom.

5. Underground military defences

Along the clifftop lies the underground military defences, now securely barred to keep people out. This is a good place to look for the tracks and burrows of foxes, badgers and rabbits.

The shingle beach offers toilet facilities, the Coastguard public house and car parking, just a five minute stroll away.