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King Ethelbert's Ring


129 km / 80 miles
King Ethelbert's Ring is an 80 mile circular walking trial which takes you on a tour of East Kent. It is named in honour of the greatest King of Kent, Ethelbert who was was the real life "Lord of the Rings" from which Tolkien took the idea for his famous books. The trail has no waymarking but much of the route follows the well marked Saxon Shore Way and the North Downs Way. The main unmarked section is between Hastingleigh and Faversham which crosses from the escarpment of the North Downs to the North Kent coastline and will take you through some of the most magnificent landscapes Kent has to offer.

A guidebook by David Reekie is in both paperback and Kindle formats and is listed below.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Agricultural land
Start and Finish: TR017613 - Faversham, Kent View on StreetMap
Web Sites: King Ethelbert's Ring

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

E-Book Canterbury Rings: How East Kent Conquered the World - a walker's guide to Ethelbert's Kingdom  (Amazon Media Group  - 2019 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 178, 179, 189
OS Landranger Active 178, 179, 189
OS Explorer 137, 138, 149, 150
OS Explorer Active 137, 138, 149, 150

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Route Profile:

130.0 km (80.8 miles)
2,151 m (7,057 ft) ascent
185 m (607 ft)  maximum height

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