A pretty riverside town in southern England is rarely spoken of – but has one of the most beautiful walks in the country. Sandwich is a small town in east Kent that lies on the River Stour and has a population of just under 5,000 people.
It claims to be one of the best-preserved medieval towns in England, being full of historic homes, listed pubs, old town walls, churches and a smock mill. The town has a number of shops, pubs, restaurants, and green spaces to explore and enjoy.
Sights to visit include St Peter’s Church, White Mill Rural Heritage Centre and Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre. One big pull for tourists is the 5.3-mile Sandwich circular. It is said to be one of the most beautiful walks in England, and attracts tourists from miles around as well as being hugely popular with locals.
It starts along the river and then heads towards Royal St George’s Golf Course, past the bird observatory and back towards the town.
Sandwich reportedly contains the highest number of listed buildings per head of population in the country and was the first town in Britain to have a preservation order placed on the entire town.
It was once a port, but lost its status when the sea withdrew, taking with it the Wantsum Channel. It was also home to American founding father Thomas Paine.
Some of the top attractions in the area include the Pegwell Bay, the Whitemills Wake and Aqua Park, and the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust.
There are a handful of hotels to stay in in Sandwich as well as bed and breakfasts and holiday lets in the surrounding area.
The town can be accessed by car via the A2, the A256 and A257 and by train from London, Ramsgate and Dover.
Reviewing the walk, Jade Hanks wrote on AllTrails: “Really diverse trail with beach, trees, creek, marsh. Definitely bring good shoes snacks and drinks.”
Johanna Schiulz added: “Stunning and versatile walk through the marshland, along the nature reserve and beach. Lots of birds and the trail to yourself (at least in December). Rewarded ourselves with a pint back in town.”
For when you’ve finished your walk, enjoy a well-deserved bit to eat at what TripAdvisor claims is the area’s best restaurant, the George and Dragon. Reviewing the eatery, one visitor from Hollingbourne said: “Firstly, this is a 15th century pub and is beautiful inside. We have had lunch and drinks in here before but never dinner. There were 8 of us, 4 couples, and we all had 3 courses. Every course was lovely, I had the scotch egg which had lovely runny yolk, followed by cod and chips which was MASSIVE.
“The batter was crispy and the skin on fried perfectly cooked. The pub offers great value for money, for 3 courses and 1 drink each we paid about £35 each, the staff were excellent, special mention to Poppy who was our server. A lovely evening, thank you very much.”