Royal Military Canal

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The Royal Military 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.


Royal Military Canal 7 day weather forecast, weather in Folkestone, Kent

Expect a temp in the range 14.3℃ to 15.8℃ with wind speed 2.9 m/sec (W)
Thursday, May 19
Expect a temp in the range 14℃ to 15.3℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (SSW)
Friday, May 20
Expect a temp in the range 11.5℃ to 12.7℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, May 21
Expect a temp in the range 11.2℃ to 12.2℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, May 22
Expect a temp in the range 10.1℃ to 12.6℃ with wind speed 2.3 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, May 23
Expect a temp in the range 13.2℃ to 14.1℃ with wind speed 2.7 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, May 24
Expect a temp in the range 12.5℃ to 13.6℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (W)

Folkestone weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

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