The churches of the Royal Saxon Way

There are 24 current and former places of Christian worship on the linear route of the Royal Saxon Way.  As well as 16 parish churches, there is the redundant church at West Stourmouth, the former military church and chapel at Shorncliffe Camp, the ruined chapel at Well near Littlebourne, and the abbey site at Minster, now occupied by St Mildred’s Priory.  In Lyminge there is the current Methodist Church and a former Methodist Chapel converted into houses.  We have also included the parish church at Ickham, which is not on the main route, but provides a pleasant diversion on the way between Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux.  Finally, if you walk the Folkestone-Lyminge loop, you will encounter the highest church in Kent: the tiny and ancient church at Paddlesworth.  It has connections to Northumbria that suggest it could have been founded as early as the 7th Century, although the current structure is only around 1,000 years old.

St Eadburg's

St Mary and St Eanswythe, Folkestone


St Paul’s, Sandgate

Gurkha Museum, Shorncliffe

The former Shorncliffe Garrison Catholic Chapel (now the Gurkha Visitor Centre)


The former Shorncliffe Garrison Anglican Church (now the Tower Theatre)

St Martin's Cheriton

St Martin’s, Cheriton

St Nicholas Newington

St Nicholas, Newington

Lyminge church from south west

St Mary and St Ethelburga, Lyminge

Methodist church Lyminge

Methodist Church, Lyminge

Wesley Terrace

Former Methodist Chapel, Lyminge

St Mary the Virgin, Elham

St Mary the Virgin, Elham

St John the Baptist, Barham

St John the Baptist, Barham

St Giles Kingston

St Giles, Kingston

St Mary Bishopsbourne

St Mary’s, Bishopsbourne

St Peter Bridge

St Peter’s, Bridge

St Mary Patrixbourne

St Mary’s, Patrixbourne


St Peter’s, Bekesbourne

Well Chapel

Well Chapel, near Littlebourne

St Vincent Littlebourne

St Vincent’s, Littlebourne

St John the Evangelist Ickham

St John the Evangelist, Ickham

St Andrew Wickhambreaux

St Andrew’s, Wickhambreaux

St Mildred's, Preston

St Mildred’s, Preston

All Saints', West Stourmouth

All Saints’, West Stourmouth

St Mary the Virgin, Minster

St Mary’s, Minster-in-Thanet

Minster Abbey 2

St Mildred’s Priory, Minster-in-Thanet

St Oswald Paddlesworth

St Oswald’s, Paddlesworth