Saxon Shore Way

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Length: 256 km (160 miles)
Duration (estimated): This long distance walk can be completed in short sections over a number of days.

Parking: No.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

Imagine stepping back in time and discovering the coastline of the Garden of England as it stood more than 1,600 years ago.

The Saxon Shore Way long distance walking route is named after the line of historic fortifications that defended the Kent coast at the end of the Roman era.

Fancy a challenge? Complete the entire route and request an Explore Kent Challenge certificate.

Maps and guides

Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 124, 125, 137, 138, 149, 150, 163 cover this walk. These are available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

About the walk

This 160 miles (257km) route from the bustling port of Gravesend, in North Kent, to the popular seaside town of Hastings in East Sussex, offers some of the finest coastal walking in England.

The route features a range of landscapes and scenery, as well as a wealth of cultural and historic interest. There is something for everyone along the Saxon Shore Way.


The route offers walkers an excellent opportunity to explore Kent's history.Saxon Shoreway

Follow the Saxon Shore Way along Kent's ancient coastline, which in many places is now miles inland. Walkers along the route will find Iron Age hill forts; magnificent churches and an impressive cathedral; Martello towers; historic ports; and castles dating from periods throughout history.

Did you know?

The modern sandwich is said to have been invented by the fourth Earl of Sandwich.

Landscape and nature

Saxon ShorewayEnjoy the inspiring landscape and natural beauty of the coastal areas of Kent along this fabulous route.

The Saxon Shore Way passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest and several Nature Reserves.

The North Kent Marshes - recognised as one of the most important estuarine habitats for birds in the UK - are also found on the route.

These are outstanding places to visit to admire flocks of migrating birds, wildfowl and wading birds; plants; butterflies and moths; invertebrates; and small mammals.

Did you know?

The marsh frog, found across Romney Marsh, is frequently called the 'laughing frog' because of its rather unusual 'croak'.

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