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Red Viking helmetSaxon Shore Way

262 km / 163 miles

E Sussex, Kent, Medway
The Way around the ancient coastline offers a diversity of scenery, from wide expanses of marshland bordering the Thames and Medway estuaries to the White Cliffs of Dover. There are views over Romney Marsh from the escarpment that marks the ancient coastline between Folkestone and Rye and from the cliffs of the High Weald at Hastings. Here the Romans invaded Britain and, later, built the Saxon Shore forts to defend the island against a new wave of invaders, and St Augustine landed to bring the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom which would later fall to the Normans who, in their turn, erected great fortresses like Dover Castle to defend their conquests.

Two linking walks also included on OS mapping are the Swale Heritage Trail - from Murston to Goodnestone (12 miles, covered by OS LR 178 and 179 and Ex 149 maps) which caters for circular walks of up to 20 miles when incorporated with the Saxon Shore route between Murston and Faversham, and the waymarked Wantsum Walks (30 miles, covered by OS LR 179 and Ex 150 maps) between Herne Bay and Birchington around the Wantsum river, which can be incorporated with the Way to provide extended circular routes, as the Way skirts west of the Wantsum.

From Dover to Rye the E9 follows it and at Rye the route connects with the 1066 Country Walk: see E-Routes (E9.

The waymarked Maritime Heritage Trail (total 32 miles) is a series of four connecting circular walks between Hastings and Rye and based on Hastings (7 miles), Fairlight (8 miles), Winchelsea (10 miles) and Rye (7 miles)so providing alternative routes for the 20 miles between the two towns.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Red Viking helmet Waymark: Red Viking helmet
Attributes: Coastal; Heritage
TQ647745 - Gravesend, Kent
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TQ825094 - Hastings, E Sussex
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Web Sites: Kent CC - Saxon Shore Way - Interactive Map
  Kent CC - Saxon Shore Way - E-book
  Kent CC - Saxon Shore Way - PDF
  Walking the Saxon Shore Way through Medway
  Kent Ramblers - Saxon Shore Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook: Saxon Shore Way (Kent County Council - 2006)
Paperback: Saxon Shore Way (Aurum Press - 1996)
Booklet: Swale Heritage Trail (Kent County Council - 1995)
Folder: Wantsum Walks: Coastal Walks in Kent (Kent County Council - 1995)
Folder: Rye Bay Countryside Pack - includes Maritime Heritage Trail (Rye Bay Countryside Service)
Certificate: Certificate (Kent County Council - 2010)

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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 177178179189199
OS Landranger Active: 177178179189199
OS Explorer: 124125137138148149150162163
OS Explorer Active: 124125137138148149150162163
Other Paper Maps:
Harvey Map (Stripmap): South Downs Way: DVD & Stripmap (with Saxon Shore Way) (Harvey Maps - 2008)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Self Guided Walking Holidays (Beks Treks UK)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Walk Awhile)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Hotels: Best Western Manor Hotel 4 Km
B & B Accommodation: Chestnuts B&B 4 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Medway YHA, 351 Capstone Road, Gillingham, Kent 3 Km
Self-catering: The Loft at Acorns 4 Km
Self-catering: Trappers End 1 Km
Self-catering: 4 Knots Yard < 1 Km
Self-catering: 3 Harbour Mews < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Summerhouse < 1 Km
Other: Mellands Farm Bed and Breakfast 1 Km
Self-catering: Canterbury Cottages 5 Km
B & B Accommodation: Great Weddington 3 Km
B & B Accommodation: Solley Farm House 2 Km
B & B Accommodation: Bear's Well Bed & Breakfast < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Strathmore < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Hubert House Guesthouse < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Castle House < 1 Km
Hotels: BEST WESTERN PLUS Dover Marina Hotel < 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Bleriot's 1 Km
B & B Accommodation: Heather's Woodlands 3 Km
B & B Accommodation: Longfield Guest House < 1 Km
Other: Alkham Court Farmhouse 3 Km
B & B Accommodation: Crete Down < 1 Km
Hotels: Best Western Clifton Hotel 3 Km
Hotels: Burlington Hotel 3 Km
B & B Accommodation: Bridge Cottage Bed & Breakfast 3 Km
B & B Accommodation: Waterside Guest House 4 Km

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Connected Paths:

Path Highlights: Saxon Shore Way Highlights
E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm; E-Route 9 UK Section Dover to Plymouth
National Trails (England & Wales): North Downs Way National Trail; North Downs Way National Trail Canterbury Loop to Dover
Paths Marked on OS mapping: 1066 Country Walk; Elham Valley Way; Greensand Way; High Weald Landscape Trail; Medway Valley Walk; Royal Military Canal Path; Stour Valley Walk (Kent); Sussex Border Path; Swale Heritage Trail (Kent); Viking Coastal Trail; Wantsum Walks; Wealdway
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Other Paths: 1066 Harold's Way; Aylesford Pilgrimage Walk; Coast to Coast - Southern England; Folkestone - Hythe To Canterbury; Kent Coastline Walk; Kentish Thames Walk; London Countryway; Sussex Coastline Walk; Thames Estuary Trail; Timeball & Telegraph Trail; Walking the Castles of Kent; Walking the Castles of Sussex; Walking the Riversides of Sussex; White Cliffs Country Trails
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Anytime Challenges: Four Pits Walk; London to Canterbury: Exploring the Pilgrims Route


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Route Profile:

262.9 Km (163.4 miles)
3,311 m (10,863 ft) ascent
181 m (594 ft)  maximum height