Whitstable Coastal Trail | Things to do | Visit Canterbury

Whitstable Coastal Trail | Things to do

Whitstable Coastal Trail

Whitstable Coastal Trail


Venture of the beaten path to discover Whitstable's coastal highlights, from geology, environment, ecology, and wildlife to archaeology, history, and industry. At the Harbour you can see the live restoration of a 43-foot wooden Oyster Yawl called the Gamecock, a National Historic Ship. And during the summer, you can experience the annual maritime festival and boat show.

Highlights include: 

  • Two Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Swalecliffe and Tankerton slopes.
  • Tankerton Cannons dating from 1700s.
  • The Horsebridge, originally a medieval port, where horse-and-carts used the slipway to load oysters and fish for Billingsgate Market.
  • See where the inventor of the deep-sea diving helmet lived - Whitstable is the home of deep-sea diving and salvage (1800s).
  • Passin Peter Cushing's house en-route to Seasalter, known for salt extraction (1300s) and the smuggling trade (1800s).
  • World War two Maunsell anti-aircraft forts (out at sea) and tank traps (by railway crossing).

Download the trail.

What you need to know
  • Depending on what interests you the most, you can start the trail from anywhere. 
  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear.
  • The trail map highlights the nearest public car parks, accessible toilet facilities, and areas where access may be restricted.
  • You will also find a great selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants along the way.