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Kent 802AD
The Saxon Shore Way starts at Gravesendmarker, Kentmarker and traces the coast as it was in Roman times (note the changed coastline around Romney Marsh) as far as Hastingsmarker, East Sussexmarker, in total.

History

The line of the Roman fortification that the route traces includes ancient forts, modern towns, nature reserves and coastline, four Roman forts built in the fourth century lie along the route, at Reculvermarker, Richboroughmarker, Dovermarker and Lympnemarker.

At Seasaltermarker there is an internationally important area for geese ducks and waders.The route offers the long distance walker an unrivalled diversity of scenery from the wide expanses of marshland bordering the Thames and Medway estuaries to the White cliffs of Dovermarker, as well as panoramic views over Romney Marsh from the escarpment that marks the ancient coastline between Folkestonemarker and Rye.

The Saxon Shore Way was originally opened in 1980, but has since been re-established, and in parts re-routed and extended. It follows the coastline of the South East as it was about 1500 years ago, long before the North Kent Marshes or the Romney Marsh came into existence, when the cliff lines to north and south extended further into the sea and when the Wantsum Channel provided a thoroughfare for boats between the Isle of Thanetmarker and mainland England. The Way takes its name, The Saxon Shore, from a line of fortifications built along the coastline as it was in the 3rd century AD, towards the end of the Roman period. In this time of crisis Saxon invaders came from the southern regions of modern Denmark and in response the Romans built a line of defensive forts along the coast to repel the newcomers.

The Route

Gravesend to Faversham

Sunset over The Swale
Gravesendmarker, Town Pier where it shares a start with the Wealdwaymarker; Highammarker and Cliffe Fortmarker; Cliffemarker; Hoo Peninsulamarker; Stroodmarker; Rochestermarker, where it meets the Medway Valley Walkmarker; Gillinghammarker; Lower Rainhammarker and the Riverside Country Parkmarker; Upchurchmarker; along the side of The Swalemarker and the Oare Marshesmarker bird reserve; Faversham.

Faversham

The Faversham area section is from Conyer Creek in the west alongside The Swale, passing through Harty Ferry; Oaremarker; Faversham and on to north of Graveneymarker in the east.

The Saxon Shore Way traces the coast as it was in Roman times and follows the line of the Roman fortifications.

Faversham to Deal

Faversham; Graveney Marshes; Seasaltermarker; Whitstablemarker; Herne Baymarker; Reculvermarker and the Regulbium Roman Fort where it turns inland, separating from the Thanet Coastal Path; Marshside where it meets the Wantsum Walk; Upstreetmarker; Plucks Guttermarker meeting the River Stour and joins the Stour Valley Walkmarker to the Roman Fortmarker at Richboroughmarker and Sandwichmarker, meeting the White Cliffs Country Trail; Dealmarker

Deal to Dover

A view of the cliffs from the path.
most picturesque part of the walk is arguable the clifftop stretch between Deal and Dovermarker with a midway break in St Margaret's at Cliffemarker.

Dover to Rye

As the walk follows the old coast line it heads inland to Lympnemarker, Aldingtonmarker (still part of the Saxon Shore Parish) and Kenardingtonmarker via Hamstreetmarker woods nature reserve before heading for Ryemarker.

Rye

The Saxon Shore Way links with the 1066 Country Walk at Rye, East Sussexmarker.

Rye to Hastings

The Royal Military Canal near Rye
walk leaves Rye, following the Royal Military Canal as far as Winchelseamarker and then on to Hastings.

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