Stage 10: Saltwood to Hamstreet — Saxon Shore Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
January 24, 2020
Roman ruins and ancient woodland filled with rare wildlife combine on this enchanting hike.From Saltwood, the trail climbs gradually through farmland and woodland past Lympne Castle (which only opens as a wedding venue unfortunately) and onto Portus Lemanis.Also known as Stutfall Castle, Portus Lemanis is a Roman fort that was built around 270 AD. Not much survives of the fort today but it is a fascinating place to explore and affords breathtaking views.You descend to the Royal Military Canal and follow it west for a short distance before climbing around the village of Bonnington.The trail descends gradually through Park Wood, Priory Wood, and Dicker's Wood before reaching Ham Street Woods Nature Reserve, which is home to lots of flora and fauna, including many protected species. When you emerge from the reserve you step straight into the village of Hamstreet, where this stage finishes. There is not much in Hamstreet but you will find a couple of accommodation options, places for food and drink, and shops.
February 3, 2020