Saxon Shore Way (Sussex)

Cliff Marsh on the Sussex / Kent Border © Roger W Haworth
The Royal Military Canal © Nigel Chadwick
East Cliff, Hastings © Oast House Archive

The Saxon Shore Way stretches from Gravesend to Hastings, some 160 miles from start to finish. Originally opened in 1980, it has since been in parts re-routed and extended. Where possible it uses existing Public Rights of Way and allows the walker to follow roughly the coastline as it was around 1500 years ago. The way takes its name from the line of fortifications built along the southern and eastern coasts by the Romans in the third century AD.

This trail covers the Sussex part of the path from the Kent border east of Rye to Hastings.

This 160 miles (257km) route from the bustling port of Gravesend, in North Kent, to the popular seaside town of Hastings in East Sussex, offers some of the finest coastal walking in England. The route features a range of landscapes and scenery, as well as a wealth of cultural and historic interest. There is something for everyone along the Saxon Shore Way.


The route offers walkers an excellent opportunity to explore Kent's history. Follow the Saxon Shore Way along Kent's ancient coastline, which in many places is now miles inland. Walkers along the route will find Iron Age hill forts; magnificent churches and an impressive cathedral; Martello towers; historic ports; and castles dating from periods throughout history.

Landscape and Nature

Enjoy the inspiring landscape and natural beauty of the coastal areas of Kent along this fabulous route. The Saxon Shore Way passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest and several Nature Reserves. The North Kent Marshes - recognised as one of the most important estuarine habitats for birds in the UK - are also found on the route. These are outstanding places to visit to admire flocks of migrating birds, wildfowl and wading birds; plants; butterflies and moths; invertebrates; and small mammals.

Sussex Cottages

Beautiful Sussex holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation perfectly located for walking and cycling the trails of this unique county