Battle of Britain 80th + 1 Memorial Trek, 18-19 September 2021 – 2 day walk
Join us to commemorate the 80th +1 Anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a Memorial Trek along the English Coastal Path
A challenging yet fascinating two day 41km walk from Sandwich to the Battle of Britain Memorial
1 day 21km, half marathon distance option available
18-19 September 2021
Tickets will also be available on Eventbrite in 2021
Group discounts available for families and larger groups
Accommodation & guide included
Message for runners…we are happy to do this for you as a self-guided run with all the en route information you need!
Families welcome. If you have younger members who would struggle to do 21km we can offer a shorter 5km and 12km version. Please enquire.
If you would like to bring a group please get intouch on our contact form
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Battle of Britain 80th + 1 Anniversary Memorial Trek
“Never was so much owed by so many to so few”
Follow the beautiful, history-laden English Coast path
Start: Meeting point, Kingsdown International campsite
Transport: Transport is provided to Manston spitfire museum and the start of the walk. You will reunite with your night bags at Kingsdown International Campsite Chalets at the end of day 1 of the walk
Finish: Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel
Accommodation: Camping chalet, Kingsdown
Battle of Britain 2-day Memorial Walk 18th/19th September 2021.
Start: Manston airfield/museum to then follow the coastal route from to the Battle of Britain Memorial
at Capel, with a presentation afterwards at the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge.
*All proceeds raised and any donations will go to RAF Charities & the museums at Manston & Hawkinge*
We also have a slightly shorter 12km version of our memorial trek starting at Dover Castle. This can be found in our challenge list.
- Group rates
- Transport to the start from the finish to reunite with your car at a fixed time and other local transfers as per included the programme.
- Contact numbers to arrange alternative transport will be provided should you finish earlier or later
- Information pack
- Battle of Britain museum entry, Spitfire museum entry
- Historical presentation
- 1 x lunch, 1 x dinner
- Accommodation in Chalets at Kingsdown International Camping
- Transfers to and from the event from your home
- Personal drinks and snacks
- Packed lunch on day
- Any transfers outside the itinerary thougb we may be able to help as an extra
You may wish to arrive the day before or make a weekend out of your challenge. There are a range of good bed and breakfasts and excellent local pubs, alternatively the Kingsdown International Campsite in Deal offer cheap tench pitches and chalets.
Manston - Kingsdown - Half marathon walk
Manston – Kingsdown – Half Marathon walk
Meeting with your transport at Kingsdown International campsite at 10am. You are welcome to travel here in the morning from home or take accommodation in the locality. Please bring with you a packed lunch for the day.
We begin with a visit to the Spitfire/Hurricane Museum & Manston airfield memorials at 10.30am. After the museum visit we will commence walking at 11am from Sandwich.
From September 1939 and the outbreak of the Second World War, Manston was firmly on the front line. In that month No. 3 Squadron, under the command of No. 11 Group Fighter Command, flew Hawker Hurricanes from the airfield. In 1940 during the Battle of Britain, Manston was heavily bombed, requiring the dispersal of personnel and resources to nearby safer locations.
In the Middle ages Sandwich was a strategic and commercial seaport of great significance, trading with northern Europe and the Mediterranean and growing prosperous on this business.
From here we follow the English Coast Path around Sandwich Flats & Bay, through Deal and via Walmer Castle on to Kingsdown. We will mist likely take lunch in Deal on the beach but as always stay flexible! There will be plenty of opportunity fr your guide to provide historical insight and also have the benefit of other experts en route.
King Henry built three artillery castles on the Kent coast, including at Sandown, Deal and Walmer. More than 1,400 workmen complete building works in 18 months between 1539 and 40. Built by the order of King Henry VIII, Deal Castle is one of the finest Tudor artillery castles in England, and a must see on your visit to the quirky seaside town of Deal. Consider exploring the castle en route from the storerooms and tunnels below up to the circular rooms above. An exhibition reveals how Henry’s fears for the safety and security of his realm shaped the country’s defences and his own married life.
6-person chalet accommodation is provided at the International Campsite. If you would like a private cabin or hotel/BnB please enquire. In the evening we will have dinner together which is included. (21km, expected walking time 7-8hours)
Kingsdown - Battle of Britain Memorial in Capel
The next morning at 10.00 the walk will resume from Kingsdown, climbing the White Cliffs (where there will be a mass
‘25 for PTSD’ anything goes exercise!)
On our journey we will pass:
- the WW2 radar site
- Dover Castle
In May 1940 the greatest rescue of all time took place, masterminded right here deep within Dover’s secret wartime tunnels.
See, hear and feel the danger as the events and people from the Dunkirk evacuation are made real. Journey through the tunnels deep beneath the castle as special effects, projections and real film footage bring this dramatic rescue operation to life. During the First World War, the Dover area was officially designated as a fortress with Dover Castle acting as military headquarters.
- and reach the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel
Battle of Britain Memorial is amazing and a fitting climax to our walk. There is a cafe and gift shop on site and plenty to see and look around. We will finish at the museum and certificates will be presented. Donations are invited and all proceeds will go to the Battle of Britiain museum.
Total distance over 2 days is 40 km or 25 miles.
We will provide transport back to Kingsdown international campsite to reunite with your vehicle. If you prefer to catch a taxi or train back earlier you will be armed with contact numbers to arrange this, and we will assist you.
The second day, Sunday 20th, is open to anyone who wishes to join the walk for the day and we have a seperate page for this here
Set within a stunning 35-acre cliff-top estate Kingsdown Campsite offers visitors a truly memorable camping experience. This beautifully located campsite enjoys panoramic sea views and easy walking access to the beach, golf course, village shops and three popular pubs. We will be staying in beautiful chalets close to the sea.
- Situated on top of The White Cliffs – one of the world’s greatest natural landmarks
- Camping field open from March to October
- Indoor accommodation open all year
- 3 miles (5 minute drive) to Deal
- 6 miles (10 minute drive) to the Ferry Port, Dover, Kent
- 20 miles (25 minute drive) to the Eurotunnel Terminals, Folkestone, Kent
- Village shops & 3 family-friendly food serving pubs within an easy 5-10mins walk
- Over 35 acres of camping space
Yes of course, and there will be stops to relive the Battle of Britain en route with former RAF personnel.
Yes that’s possible, we have some flexibility in the programme, especially if you are coming as a group of more than 3 people.