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Sandgate spans 2 & 1/2 kms of Kent coastline between Folkestone and Hythe. It fringes the English Channel and clusters beneath steep wooded slopes.
Attractively located between Folkestone and Hythe, the charming coastal village of Sandgate is worth much more than a passing visit. A few minutes journey from both towns by car or bus - or an easy seafront walk or cycle ride - you'll find beaches with long views over the Channel, a High Street famous for antiques and collectables, a wonderful selection of inns and restaurants, including traditional fish and chips, as well as small independent shops.
Although small - the parish boundary spans two miles of coast and extends inland up steep wooded hills - Sandgate has a fascinating history which embraces the times of Henry VIII, smugglers, the threat of Napolionic invasion and vital military roles in two world wars. Social reformers and celebrities of literature and the arts have made their home in the village.
- See more at: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/destinations/folkestone-hythe-and-romney-marsh/11310#sthash.tKSsL3fJ.dpuf
Historically, Sandgate was once a little bastion against invasion (Pigots 1840 - Sandgate &c). Today, six gaunt Martello Towers on the heights, a peaceful Castle on the pebble shore, the lure of the French cliffs clear in the evening light, the Channel Tunnel not far off, remind us that those days of strife are over. Copies of Rise and Progress of a Village can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk and K.C.C Libraries or from The Sandgate Society on Saturday mornings at The Old Fire Station.
ISBN No. 0953357309
A strong sense of community
“It is at the same time dramatic and picturesque”
Sandgate Castle and Beach massa
A walk in Enbrook Park