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Red Viking helmetSaxon Shore Way

E Sussex, Kent, Medway

262 km / 163 miles
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; 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.

From Dover to Rye the E9 follows it and at Rye the route connects with the 1066 Country Walk.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Waymark: Red Viking helmet
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Red Viking helmet
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: TQ648745 - Gravesend, Kent View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ826095 - Hastings, E Sussex View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Explore Kent - Saxon Shore Way Kent Ramblers - Saxon Shore Way Jason McDonald's Walking Pages - Saxon Shore Way [blog] Saxon Shore Way - Tim Bertuchi Annierak - Saxon Shore Way [blog] Stephen and Lucy Dawson - Saxon Shore Way [blog] A walker's journal - The Saxon Shore Way [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Walking the Saxon Shore Way through Medway  (Medway Council  - 2010 ) Download
Certificate Explore Kent Walk Challenge Certificate  (Explore Kent )
Guidebook The Saxon Shore Way : Recreational Path Guide  (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto)  - 1996 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 177, 178, 179, 189, 199
OS Landranger Active 177, 178, 179, 189, 199
OS Explorer 124, 125, 137, 138, 148, 149, 150, 162, 163
OS Explorer Active 124, 125, 137, 138, 148, 149, 150, 162, 163

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39 km
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178 km
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5 km
196 km

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Route Profile:

258.3 km (160.5 miles)
3,175 m (10,417 ft) ascent
181 m (594 ft)  maximum height

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