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Sibton Park

Kent, England

Church Hougham and Abbot's Cliff walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start Point

From the church walk back along the road and turn right at the junction. Pass the telephone box, then swing left into a lane (Plough Hill), signposted - Dover and Folkestone, and descend towards a main road (B2011).

Note the mayoral stone: (Dover Borough 1934. Morecroft Mayor) on the left, towards the bottom of the lane. Also, to the left a glimpse of Dover Castle is presented. The modern buildings to the right are a travel inn and public house.

Cross straight over the main road to follow an obvious upwards route (signpost). At the second stile on skyline veer left, pass through a gate and walk alongside the right hand boundary towards the *field corner (*on the right another mayoral stone: Dover. Pepper, Mayor 1895/96).

At the field corner turn left (ignore stile) to walk within the perimeter fence seeking an exit gate leading to an underpass of the A20(T). Emerging from the underpass with a view of Dover Harbour straight ahead, swing sharp right, walking (fence to the left, and the main road, right) towards a brick built former military site - Abbot’s Cliff. There’s a third mayoral stone prior to an impending left turn.

Turn left (signpost) towards the coast, passing the main buildings, then swing right to follow the cliff edge footpath (North Downs Way). This section presents breathtaking views of the chalk cliffs and Folkestone. Relics of Britain’s wartime coastal defence system are evidenced too. Also a brief glimpse of Samphire Hoe is available by looking over your left shoulder, as a circular brick construction is approached.

The cliff top path eventually merges with a gravelled surface close to a large, concave concrete construction. This is a smaller version of the elemental early warning radar system mentioned in Walk 10.

Follow the gravelled road beyond the white painted Abbot’s Cliff House, and a few paces before reaching a main road turn left (signpost) to enter an enclosed track. Views of the channel rail link will ensue.

Leave the cliff top path at a stile on the right, immediately before reaching a caravan site (do have five minutes on the bench!). Cross the main road to pass through The Royal Oak car park. (Note Hougham boundary stone on the left).

Pass through the double gates (caravans) then keep to the left and go alongsie a hedge and cross a stile directly ahead.

Maintain the same line and cross another stile (not obvious) before skirting part way around the right hand perimeter of Abbot’s Land farm buildings.

‘Abbots’ is a common prefix hereabouts. It’s possible that the farm originally belonged to the Premonstratensian (order) monastery of St. Radegund at Alkham three miles to the north.

Reaching a point where the buildings end, proceed straight across a cultivated field, walking on a pathway. The television mast is on the right. When confronted by woodland at the far end of the field, veer slightly left, to walk with the woodlands on the right, go about 100 metres to the corner of the field and turn right down a path which turns sharp left after another 100 metres diversion across the A20(T) follows, and MUST be adhered to.

Cross a stile and continue in the previous direction towards a roadbridge. Use the bridge to cross over the busy road, and turn right along the bridleway to descend then ascend an enclosed track to arrive at a gate. Pass through the gate and cross the field directly ahead, walking on a raised mound eventually meeting a secondary road - (Gravel Lane).

Cross the road (church insight - mast to the right) to enter the fields and continue straight on until a waymarked stile is reached on the right. Cross the stile and turn left for 200 metres before veering right along a well marked path leading to the churchyard. Cross the churchyard to return to the car park.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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