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Stage 01: Gravesend to Cooling — Saxon Shore Way

Stage 01: Gravesend to Cooling — Saxon Shore Way

11.0 mi
2.4 mph
150 ft
125 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.97 mi

Tilbury Fort

Hiking Highlight

8.40 mi
10.8 mi

Cooling Castle

Hiking Highlight

11.0 mi


Path: 2.61 mi
Footpath: 5.28 mi
Street: 1.39 mi
Road: 0.96 mi
Ferry: 0.78 mi


Natural: 0.43 mi
Paved: 1.63 mi
Asphalt: 0.44 mi
Unknown: 8.51 mi
  • Includes ferry crossings

    Check ferry timetable.

  • Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps

    You may need to carry your bike.

Weather Forecast

Dan Hobson planned a hike.

January 24, 2020


  • Dan Hobson

    Taking you to a 12th-century castle, a 16th-century fort, and a nature reserve that is a haven for birdlife, this first stage is a wonderful introduction to the Saxon Shore Way.To make the itinerary work, this stage is short at 9.1 miles (14.6 km). With almost no ascent or descent, it is a leisurely start.If you fancy an extension, consider catching a ferry from Gravesend Pier across the Thames to Tilbury Fort, which was built in the 16th century to protect London from seaward attackers.From the pier, follow the south bank of the Thames until Cliffe Fort, which was built in the 1860s. Here, you head inland to explore RSPB Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve, a great place for spotting birds.The trail continues through the village of Cliffe and cuts through farmland to Cooling, where this stage finishes.On the outskirts of the village you find Cooling Castle, which was built in the 1380s to guard against French raids.There is not much in Cooling. However, the village pub has rooms available and serves food. For ferry timetables and prices, visit: thurrock.gov.uk/ferry-services/tilbury-to-gravesend-ferry-service.

    • February 3, 2020

Dan Hobson

Stage 01: Gravesend to Cooling — Saxon Shore Way