As in, "They stepped off the boat and ambled toward the ___ [of the dock]."
Docks usually have a Gangway to the shore. Piers are often connected to quays. "They stepped off the boat and ambled toward the quay."– Phil SweetNov 2, 2016 at 15:40
They stepped off the boat and ambled toward the shore end of the dock.
Here's an example of it in literary use:
Rejoicing in Quork's continued good luck, his neighbors helped him unload his catch. There were trout, flounder, bluefish, and mullet. There were spot, croaker, redfish, and drum, but not a single trash fish in the lot. When they were loaded onto the shore end of the dock, they made a great pile. You could almost see the wheels turning in Quork's head as he tried to compute his profit on this one haul.
Source: "Old Quork" by Charles Harry Whedbee
And here's an example of it in technical use:
Conspicuous signage shall be located at the fire apparatus access road termination point and the shore end of piers, wharves and floats.
Alternatively, you could just say:
They stepped off the boat and ambled along the dock toward dry land.
1Apologies for the late accept. I forgot I asked this! Sep 26, 2021 at 13:15