The Kent Maritime Heritage Trail

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The Maritime Heritage Trail Map follows a 325-mile long tour of Kent, Medway and Nord Pas de Calais coastline, highlighting sites of seafaring nostalgia stretching back over 3,000 years, through war and peace.

Nicola Mackenzie, The Maritime Heritage Trail Project Officer, said:

"There is growing interest in the nautical history of both England and France and through the work of the Maritime Heritage Trail we are confident that we will attract more domestic and overseas visitors, as well as more Kent residents, to the area. Visitors can experience beautiful scenery, dramatic coastlines and many visitor attractions, including captivating castles, intriguing ships and boats, fascinating museums and delightful historic towns.

"The trail has been designed and developed as part of an on-going commitment to tourism promotion and development on both sides of the Channel with EU support, and Kent and Medway's coastline offers more of an insight than any other part of the country into what made Britain great - and allowed its Empire to cover 20% of the globe. It leads visitors through the region taking in such attractions as New Fort Tavern and the Pier in Gravesend; and the Sailing Barge Museum in Sittingbourne.

"Further along the Kent coast, visitors can enjoy the historic town of Faversham, locally-caught oysters at Whitstable, the seaside resorts of Broadstairs and Ramsgate, as well as the Bronze Age Boat in Dover and Royal Military Canal that weaves through majestic Romney Marsh."

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