80 miles (126.8km).
Follow the Wealdway through the heart of the Kent and Sussex
countryside, from the Thames Estury at Gravesend to the
popular pier at Eastbourne - a resort which grew in importance with
the 18th century enthusiasm for seabathing.
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About the walk:
delightful route across the chalk ridges of the North and South
Downs and through the Weald stretches for almost 80 miles
Every year, many walkers complete the whole route, but others
delight in exploring short sections at a time and savouring the
diversity of landscapes to be enjoyed along the way.
There are walks along the Wealdway to suit all tastes from
facing the dizzy heights of Beachy Head, taking a
refreshing walk in the footsteps of Neolithic ancestors or Pilgrims
on the North Downs with their dramatic views, or exploring sleepy
The key towns along the route, including Gravesend, Tonbridge,
Royal Tunbridge Wells with its famous Pantiles, Uckfield and
Eastbourne offer numerous attractions to please walkers of all
changing landscapes reflect the many uses people have found for
their local natural resources, ranging from the fertile soils of
the river valleys through to the iron ore and wood which fuelled
the Wealden iron industry.
The Wealdway passes through many areas which have been
attributed special significance in the past for the construction of
Neolithic long barrows and megaliths, as well as numerous ancient
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Explore Kent Challenge
Attempt the Explore Kent
Challenge by walking this route and receive
a prestigious Explore Kent certificate!
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