Saxon Shore Way circular - Grove Ferry walk

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Walk information

Start point postcode: CT3 4BP - get directions
Length: 6.1 miles (9.8km)
Duration (estimated): 2 hours 30 minutes

Parking: At Grove Ferry picnic site.

Public transport: Visit Traveline

Walk summary

The Grove Ferry Inn, and its adjoining picnic park is an ideal starting point for both the circular walk through East and West Stourmouth and the linear walk to Plucks Gutter. Today’s fertile fields were once under water and a ferry was needed right into the 1500s to take travellers across the waters of the Wantsum Channel.

Maps and guides

Ordnance Survey Explorer map 150 covers this walk.  Available from the Ordnance Survey shop.

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About the walk

This gentle stroll strikes off along the banks of the Great Stour, passing the numerous boats that float lazily along the river. 

From the Great Stour, your path joins the Little Stour as it arcs across the fields. Your riverside stroll will take in the flowering hawthorn and cow parsley that carpets the banks and orchards which are known for their clouds of blossom and apples. 

The circular section of your route traces a path through more orchards and the small settlements of East Stourmouth and West Stourmouth. Among the peaceful lanes of West Stourmouth you’ll discover All Saints’ Church with its Saxon origins and 17th century pulpit.