Royal Military Canal

Folkestone to Hastings, Kent, UK


Royal Military Canal, Folkestone to Hastings, Kent

The canal was built between 1804 and 1809 as a strategic defense against invasion during the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) with France. This marker is at the easterly end of the Canal near Folkestone and it stretches some 45km (28 miles) to Cliff End near Hastings.

The canal had a series of forts and guard posts and was designed to repel any forces attacking from the beaches. At short distances the canal has sharp kinks that enables defending troops to cross-fire on those trying to cross.

Access can be at many points and the canal provides some great walking and canoeing.

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