Inspired by a recent trip we took down to Kent, our first walk of the month is along the Saxon Shore Way from Faversham to Whitstable.
The flat north Kent coastline is a beautiful untouched picturesque location, packed with local wildlife and history. This walk will take you through the historic, picture postcard town of Faversham and along the coastline to the quaint coastal town of Whitstable, where you will be able to sample the towns famous oysters and seafood.
9 miles | Easy and Flat
There are parts of the walk which can be muddy and wet in places.
Rail to Faversham | From London trains run to Faversham from either St Pancras or London Victoria, both taking just slightly over an hour. Check out the Southeasten website for special offers on tickets.
Road | From London to Faversham takes roughly just over an hour to drive. There is a long-stay car park in the centre of the town, and trains regularly run from Whitstable back to Faversham.
Places to eat
When you reach Whitstable, there are lots of dog-friendly places to try. Check out our local guide.
Places to stay
If you would like to stay in Whitstable for the weekend, we highly recommend the beautiful Tides Cottage, which is located opposite the beach.
- Exit Faversham station from the north side of station, walk down Preston Street.
- Left along Market Street, right down Market Place and Court Street (on a Saturday there is a local farmers’ market in the town square, perfect for grabbing a coffee and a snack).
- Turn left by the Anchor Inn, then right along the quay.
- Follow the Saxon Shore Way/SSW for 1¾ miles.
- Just past Nagden cottages, the Saxon Shore Way turns left, which will take you the longer of the two routes. Be warned that this part of the walk is not very well maintained (grasses and plants can be overgrown covering the path), however you do get to enjoy the beautiful views as you follow the coastline along. The easier option is to keep ahead rather than turning left (“public footpath”, yellow arrow/YA).
- In 600m, turn right under the power lines on the field path across Nagden Marshes.
- In 450m, turn left and then in 500m turn right along the sea wall to The Sportsman pub.
- Continue along shore path for 5¼ miles, past Seasalter to Whitstable Harbour.
Whitstable train station is located on Cromwell Road, which is left at the top of the high street. Trains run back to London (St Pancras or London Victoria) regularly.