Stage 07: Upstreet to Sandwich — Saxon Shore Way
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
January 24, 2020
This stage explores one of the most symbolic Roman sites in Britain, visits the historic town of Sandwich, and brings you back to the coastline.For the most part, this hike follows the course of the River Stour through farmland intersected with dykes. With almost no ascent or descent, you should find this a leisurely stage.From Upstreet, you follow the Stour for a short time before peeling away over farmland and rejoining the river at the village of Plucks Gutter.You continue along the river for another 6 miles (9.6 km) and pass Richborough Port, which was a secret ‘Q’ port during the First World War.A short time later, you reach Richborough Castle. One of the first and last strongholds of Roman rule in Britain, the symbolic site has mighty walls and ramparts to explore.As you step into the historic town of Sandwich, where this stage finishes, stunning medieval architecture awaits. A particularly fine example is St Clement's Church, a 12th-century rebuild of a Saxon church close to the medieval town walls.Sandwich has an excellent range of accommodation, places for food and drink, shops, and other attractions.
February 3, 2020