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Sibton Park

Kent, England

To Gibraltar, Italy and Greece! walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start Point

Set off along the road outside the Battle of Britain museum at Hawkinge, walking in a S.W. direction (facing museum entrance - turn right). As the road curves right turn into Elvington Lane on the left, passing the appropriately named dwelling, The Pilot House, on the right.

A short distance further on turn left again, entering Gibraltar Lane and pass the tiny community named Gibraltar (no barbarous behaviour or apeing about please!). The former aerodrome is to the left has now been redeveloped. Folkestone and the English Channel are clearly visible.

Walk the full length of Gibraltar Lane, descending steadily, to arrive at a road junction (houses on the right). The symmetrical outline of Round Hill fills the backdrop.

Turn left at the junction, heading towards the A260, but before reaching that point locate a gate/stile on the right hand side. Pass through the gate and veer right - heading towards the Folkestone Downs information board.

The upward route to the summit of Round Hill presents superlative views of the Channel and Folkestone, with the amusingly named Sugar Loaf Hill, to the anterior. The route eventually passes high above the A20T before descending towards a road. Stay within the enclosure.

Pass through two facing gates to begin another upward slog to the site known as Caesar’s Camp, situated at the summit of Castle Hill. Whatever the Roman’s achieved at this site has been overshadowed by the Norman presence during the mid C12th. The earthworks is a superb example of a Norman ring (motte) and bailey castle. The site has been scheduled as an ancient monument. The contrast between ancient and modern is graphically illustrated at this location - the ancient earthworks and the channel tunnel terminal.

The view of the latter seen to good advantage, from the lofty heights of Castle Hill.

After perusing the surrounding area leave the summit curving off to the right (reservoir far below), making towards a pylon. Continue along an obvious path to merge with Crete Road. Turn left, utilising the narrow path that runs alongside the fence. Don’t walk the road!

Pass through a gateway then take the right fork towards another gate, and remain walking in close company with Crete Road. The power station at Dungeness is sometimes visible across the bay.

When a road to the right is encountered, leave the field path and follow the narrow lane back to the village, via the sprinkling of houses that constitutes Elvington. * Note the old (1934) boundary sign on the left 30m into the lane.

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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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