An Introduction to the Trails

In the 17th century Deal was a key strategic port, albeit a port without a harbour. Warships and merchant vessels would anchor in the Downs, with stores and people being taken between ships and shore by Deal boatmen.

The support of warships in the Downs was the responsibility of a Naval Yard established on the area known as The Waste, located to the North of Deal Castle.This Yard required a guard of Sea Soldiers whose service called them to be as able afloat as on land. This requirement for versatility birthed the Regiment that was to become the Royal Marines.

Deal and Walmer’s Royal Marines heritage dates back to this time.

In 1996 the Marines left Deal and Walmer, relocating to Portsmouth. On 22nd March 1996 more than 6,000 people braved pouring rain to witness the Massed Bands beat the retreat in South Barracks before their farewell march along Walmer's Strand and into East Barracks.

Our trail traces the indelible marks the Royal Marines have left behind.

Begin the Trail
The Timeball Tower

The Timeball Tower is the only remaining building from area known as The Waste in the 17th century

Make sure you look out for the twenty-three bronze Trail Markers embedded into the footpath as you follow the Royal Marines Heritage Trail

The lion at the top of the Royal Marines Globe and Laurel points in the direction of travel. To follow the trail– follow the lion!

Get your copy of the Trail Guide

Our trail guide is a free booklet that can be found in many establishments throughout Deal and Walmer. Alternatively, you can download a copy of the booklet.

Download the Trail Guide (PDF)