It has been a good few years since I was last in Sandwich and that was a flying visit to the Red Cow pub as I was fiddling with their website at the time. I regret having not looked around Sandwich properly as it is a pretty little place, but I have always viewed it as just being ‘on the way’ to other places. I can see now that this was a foolish thought as it seems a great place just to visit and wander aimlessly around and reminds me a lot of Rye. It is steeped in history and has some wonderful buildings to have a nose at.
This walk is one of two walks that focus on Sandwich – this one takes you out of town to the sea in a large loop. Both walks start at the Quayside car park.
After leaving the Quay the walk tracks along the old town wall and then heads out towards the sea through some amazing reed beds, and looks like a great location for some bird watching. Nestled along the route is Sandwich Marina.
The walk eventually leaves the course of the river and heads across land towards Sandwich Bay, cutting it’s way directly through Royal St. George’s Golf Club
I have to say I am not overly impressed with Sandwich Bay – I had hoped that it would be nice and clean what with it being so close to the uber-expensive golf club, but, alas, it was full of rubbish for the most part.
The route snakes back across the golf course and past the club house to eventually pick up the outward part of the walk. A word of warning – FLIES. There were millions of the little buggers. Perhaps it was the warm day and time of year, but be warned, they were almost choking us at one point.
We finished this walk at Little Cottage Tea Rooms right by the car park. After 4 miles walking through flies, we had earned a nice lunch. The food was great but we were lucky to get a table as they are a very popular choice. Ring and reserve a place if you are planning to try this walk on 01304 614387. If you can avoid the flies (somehow) this is a nice walk – mostly flat but quite picturesque.