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The Saxon Shore Way
The long distance path known as The Saxon Shore Way stretches
from Gravesend to Hastings, some 160 miles from start to finish.
Originally opened in 1980, it has since been re-routed and extended
in parts. Where possible, it uses existing public rights of way and
allows the walker to follow the coastline roughly as it was around
1,500 years ago.
The path takes its name from the line of fortifications built
along the southern and eastern coasts by the Romans in the third
century AD. Originally believed to have been built to protect
Britain from marauding tribes, such as the Saxons, new research has
concluded that they were more than likely fortified ports, as
south-east Britain has traded with Europe since at least the late
Bronze Age and this, no doubt, continued throughout the Roman
Walking the Saxon Shore Way
Download Walking the Saxon Shore Way
Through Medway (pdf 3,386KB).
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The 26 miles of the route passing through Medway have been
divided into seven sections. Six of the sections are five miles or
less in length.
Each section can provide an enjoyable day out and offers the
walker something different, from the desolate marshland between
Cliffe and High Halstow, through the busy streets of Rochester and
Chatham to the peaceful riverside of lower Gillingham and