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Trace The Ancient Coastal Routes And Paths Used In Saxon Times
This is our Saxon Shore way feature, if you have any experience to share about this ancient pathway please let us know, our feedback details are at the foot of the page. For more suggestions of places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page.
The Saxon Shore Way starts at Gravesend and traces the coast as it was in Roman times as far as Hastings, 163 miles in total. The line of the Roman fortification that the route traces includes ancient forts, modern towns, nature reserves and some beautiful coastline.
Do some research in advance and select a part of the Kent coastline that particularly interests you. Although planning might kill the spontaneity of the experience there are places on the path miles from the nearest public transport so you need to think about where you're going to start from and walk to.
If you're not an experienced walker don't try anything too ambitious and wear appropriate footwear. Cliff tops and marshes can be dangerous places so make you sure you have all the necessary information about which paths to follow.
If you have an interest in wildlife you'll find the North East Kent coast a great place to walk. At Seasalter there is an internationally important area for geese ducks and waders. The most picturesque part of the walk is arguable the cliff top stretch between Deal and Dover with a mid way break in St Margaret's at Cliffe.
The Saxon Shore Way long distance walking route
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