JUL 01,2013 - JUL 01,2013 (1 DAYS)
Deal and Walmer Castles and Beaches:
Orientation: Seaside small town of Deal is quite appealing sleepy place. Picturesque old town, many Georgian houses in pastel colours and fascinating beach and pier. Through and at the end of its seafront wait two castles built by Henry VIII: Deal Castle and Walmer Castle. Both, linked by seaside promanade / path (part of the Saxon Shore Way). We recommend visiting Deal only and walking the whole fab stretch of seafront between Deal and Walmer.
Start: Deal railway station. It is a 10-12 minutes walk from the station to Deal Old Town - passing through the pleasant High Street.
End: Walmer railway station. It is 30-40 minutes walk from Walmer Castle to Walmer station - passing green (private) meadows and quiet streets.
Eating: Deal Old Town and sea front are packed with restaurants and bars. Do not try Jasin's in the end of Deal Pier (some portions are poor and expensive). Try the Bohemian restaurant on the promenade. In case you decide to delay your lunch after visiting BOTH of the castles - keep in mind it falls quite late in the afternoon. There is a restaurant in Walmer Castle but with light meals only and limited choice of sandwiches. There are also descent, well-priced restaurants in Walmer along your way from the Castle to the station.
From Deal Station go straight ahead (Queen St.) and turn left to into West Street. Continue with this road into the Middle Street which is the prettiest in Deal's Old Town:
Elegant, cute pastel houses with several colorful narrow alleys around. The Middle Street was, in the past, the high road. It is said that a secret, unearthed network of tunnels lies beneath this street. Nowadays, enjoy the picturesque tranquility of this road - until you arrive to Union street ( passing the local Maritime & History Museum on your right). In this road you can try the famous Dining Club vegeterian restaurant (exceptional food). Turn left and left again - into Deal High Street: vitage shops, pleasant coffee shops, flowers stalls. You walk southward in the High Street. On the fourth junction left turn into King Street. Walk till its end - until you face the Beach St. - Deal's seashore promenade. On the 2nd junction from Union St., to your right - you see this interesting house (on Stanhope Rd. corner):
From here you keep walking southward, approx. 6 km along the seashore (on asphalted roads or tarmac paths) - until you arrive to Walmer Castle. This is our day's main attraction: Deal / Walmer seafront. Even if its right side (west) houses look a bit shabby - it is handsome, pleasant 2-2.5 hours walk with many photo opportunities and, surprisingly, uncommercialized with a lot of charm. Pebble beach. Relaxing views.
Deal Pier (splendid view back over Deal town):
Deal Pier - "Embracing the Sea" - John Buck 1998:
Deal seashore - The Regent - a paint of the door of an old, neglected cinema house - Prince of Wales promenade:
Deal Castle - in the southmost point of Deal. Built by Henry VIII in 1539-1540, as part of a chain of coastal castles against maritime invaders. Open daily 10.00- 18.00 (summer) and weekends only 10.00-16.00 in winters. 5 GBP.
Houses along Prince of Wales promenade - from Deal to Walmer:
Pastoral meadows north to Walmer Castle:
After 3-4 km. walk from Deal castle you'll see, on your right (100 metres from the beach) the Walmer Castle walls hidden in a small forset. Built by Henry VIII and surrounded by glorious gardens with wonderful panoramic sea views.
Open daily 10.00 - 18.00 (summer) or weekends only 10.00 -16.00 (winter). 7.80 GBP. The site is protected by circular walls. You can see, inside the castle (it looks like a stately home) Duke of Wellington bedroom with its simple, spartan bed, his armchair (in which he died at 1852) and his death mask. The Castle was often host to The Queen Mother. I would recommend taking advantage of the FREE audio tour. Well worth two hours' visit, especially on a bright day when the gardens are in their full glory.
Entrance to Walmer Castle:
Duke of Wellington Bedroom:
Picture of Queen Elizabeth II - 1996:
Walmer Castle Terrace - view towards France seashore - soak up the sea air:
View of Walmer Gardens from the Castle:
Walmer Gardens - Queen Elizabeth the Mother Garden:
Peonies in Walmer Gardens:
From the main entrance/exit of Walmer there is a tedious walk (partially, uphill) of 3 km until Walmer Station:
Head north on Kingsdown Rd toward Granville Rd.
Turn left onto Granville Rd.
Turn left onto Dover Rd/A258.
(Note: you can cross the private field from Walmer Castle straight towards Dover Road - along the wire fence on your left (be aware of the sheep's mess...)).
Turn right and climb up onto Station Rd. The station is on your left opposite a new-built cottages project.