Event Outline

Last updated 14 June 2017


There is now less than a year to go to the Cinque Ports 100 – and walkers will be in for a treat, as they will be able to discover some of the best coast and countryside walking in Kent and Sussex.

Put on for the LDWA by Kent Group, with help from our good friends from Sussex, the route visits the historic Cinque Ports of Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich, plus the associate towns of Winchelsea, Rye, Tenterden and Deal.

The Cinque Ports were a group of towns which from the 11th to the 14th centuries were responsible for protecting the coast and providing most of the English Navy. The old Norman French word for five, cinque, is pronounced ‘sink’ rather than ‘sank’ in this part of England.

The event, taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend of 26-28 May 2018, will be based at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, just outside Dover, with entrants transported by bus to Sussex Coast College at Hastings, where the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral the Lord Boyce, will address them at the opening ceremony.

The route is delightful and has enormous variety and interest. It includes parts of Hastings Country Park, the Kentish Weald, Romney Marsh, the Greensand Ridge, and the White Cliffs of Dover.

And it features sections of several long distance paths: the High Weald Landscape Trail, the 1066 Country Walk, the North Downs Way, the Saxon Shore Way and the England Coast Path.

Entries open on October 9 – keep checking our website for updates.