8 miles. There is a steep descent/ascent to St Margaret's Bay.
The path follows unfenced section of cliff top and walkers should
not approach the edge.
Saxon Shore Way follows the ancient coastline of Kent before entering
Sussex and continuing to Hastings. The Way provides the walker with
a variety of scenery from the marshland of North Kent to the White
Cliffs at Dover and the sandstone of the High Weald meeting the
sea at Hastings.
Saxon Shore Way is never more enjoyable than when following the
spectacular coastline between the fishing town of Deal and the fortress
and port of Dover.
route begins alongside the shingle beach where boats are launched
directly into the sea, follows the cliffs and descends to St Margaret's
Bay before crossing the downland with views of Dover Castle. From
Deal Station cross the car park and turn left. At the seafront turn
walk along the seafront provides an excellent view of the Deal fishing
industry. The castle is owned by English Heritage and is one of
three built by Henry VIII along this coast from Sandown to Walmer.
The seafront houses at Kingsdown are fine examples of eccentric
English seaside architecture.
Zetland Arms provides an opportunity to pause and consider the pleasures
of seaside life.
right at this pub and then left along Undercliffe Road. At the end
steps provide the ascent up the chalk cliffs. St Margaret’s Bay
is a pleasing halfway point and worth the steep descent to the shore.
Pass the Pines Garden and a small museum before climbing up to the
lighthouse at South Foreland, now owned by the National Trust.
springy grassland is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
There are long distance views of Dover Castle to keep you in the
through the National Trust car park at Langdon Cliff before descending
under the viaduct taking traffic to the Docks. Walk along Atholl
Terrace to join the Main Street. Dover Priory Station is signposted
from the town centre.