GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

River Wantsum Walk

19 miles (30 km)

This is a super walk from Herne Bay to Birchington which includes both coastal and riverside stretches.
You start off at the pier in the delightful Herne Bay and follow the coastline to Bishopstone Manor. Here you turn inland through Chislet Marshes towards Upstreet, where you join the River Great Stour for some riverside walking. You continue through Sarre and St Nicholas at Wade, before rejoining the coast path to Birchington, finishing near the train station.
This is just one of the Wantsum Walks which pass through the area and can be viewed on OS maps.

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Wantsum Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wantsum Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


At Herne Bay we recommend heading to the seaside Four Fathoms for some refreshments. The popular pub was voted Kent Life pub of the Year and includes a lovely courtyard garden where you can take in the wonderful fresh sea air in the sheltered surroundings. They do wonderful food and can be found on the High St, Herne Bay, with a postcode of CT6 5LH for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The Wantsum Walk - - 489300

The Wantsum Walk. A well defined track at this point

Wantsum Walk, Minnis Bay - - 1471423

Minnis Bay

Part of the Wantsum Walk near Chitty - - 369396

Part of the Wantsum Walk near Chitty

River Wantsum on Wantsum Way path - - 1000065

River Wantsum on Wantsum Way path. Good fishing river. Note:Margate to London Railway line Bridge in background.

The Wantsum Walk, Chislet Marshes - - 487656

Chislet Marshes

Wantsum Walk near Reculver - - 647620

Near Reculver. Looking east along the Rushbourne Sea Wall. A little way past the bush a path turns north and returns to the Northern Sea Wall, while the Wantsum walk continues on the Rushbourne Sea Wall, turning south just beyond the ploughed field.

Coastguard lookout from Wantsum Walk - - 2113440

Coastguard lookout from the trail.

Part of the Wantsum walk at Chambers Wall - - 382901

Chambers Wall


GPS Files

GPX File

Wantsum Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Wantsum Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)