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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).


Details:

Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Red Viking helmet
Waymark
Red Viking helmet
Attributes
Coastal; Heritage
Start
TQ647745 - Gravesend, Kent
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Finish
TQ825094 - Hastings, E Sussex
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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
Certificate
Certificate (Kent County Council - 2010)

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Maps:

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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
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OS Landranger Active
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OS Explorer
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OS Explorer Active
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Chestnuts B&B  (bookable online)
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Trappers End  (bookable online)
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114 Km
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4 Knots Yard  (bookable online)
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115 Km
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3 Harbour Mews  (bookable online)
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115 Km
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Summerhouse  (bookable online)
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125 Km
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137 Km
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Canterbury Cottages  (bookable online)
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Solley Farm House  (bookable online)
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Bear's Well Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
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Strathmore  (bookable online)
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170 Km
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Hubert House Guesthouse  (bookable online)
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176 Km
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Castle House  (bookable online)
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176 Km
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177 Km
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Bleriot's  (bookable online)
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Heather's Woodlands  (bookable online)
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178 Km
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Alkham Court Farmhouse  (bookable online)
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185 Km
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Crete Down  (bookable online)
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190 Km
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Best Western Clifton Hotel  (bookable online)
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190 Km
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Burlington Hotel  (bookable online)
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191 Km
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Bridge Cottage Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
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196 Km
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Waterside Guest House  (bookable online)
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207 Km

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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