Saxon Shore Way
160 miles (257km).
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.
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
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
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
Enjoy the inspiring landscape and
natural beauty of the coastal areas of Kent along this fabulous
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
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'.
Why not try out a circular walk along the Saxon Shore Way?
Read the Saxon Shoreway taster online now or download
free taster of the guidebook (PDF, 1.8MB) with walks at St
Margaret's Bay and Grove Ferry, and start exploring the historic
Saxon Shore Way today.
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Explore Kent Challenge
Attempt the Explore Kent
Challenge by walking this route and receive
a prestigious Explore Kent certificate!
If you need to report a problem on this route
please call 03000 41 71 71 or use the online
reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
about the progress of your report.