SWC Walk 12 - Faversham to Whitstable
Length: 15.7 km (9.8 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10 Either:
London St Pancras
: 10-27 hrs HS1 service
: 11-30 hrs Or
: London Victoria
: 10-07 hrs Dover Priory service
: 11-23 hrs (please wait on station for arrival of St Pancras train)
to St Pancras
: 50 mins past the hour HS1 service..journey time 1hr 20 mins Whitstable
: 50 mins past the hour, changing at Faversham, and 15-24, 16-19, 17-23, 17-39, 18-23, 19-23, 20-28 and 21-28 hrs. Journey time 1 hr 23 mins. Rail ticket
: buy a day return to Whitstable.
To take advantage of South Eastern's Summer Offer
of £ 10 return (by purchasing your ticket before 6 pm on Sunday) you may have to specify a return train time. Suggest you check at your nearest station.
Bank Holidays excepted, we do not usually post group walks on a Monday, but a fellow walk poster has suggested we take advantage of the staging of Whitstable's Oyster Festival
- today being its last day. So today we are coupling our flat, coastal walk from Faversham to Whitstable with the Oyster Festival - for a bit of fun at walk-end.
At the start of the walk it is worth taking in the historical sites in Faversham
. Indeed, if oyster festivals are not your thing then there is a nice Faversham Circular Walk of 7.5 miles which explores the old town and then takes you out onto the marshes and back again. Pick up details of the walk from the Visitor Centre.
For those on the posted walk, having left Faversham you soon find yourselves on the Saxon Shore Way (SSW path) for a relaxing coastal walk. There is no lunch stop today, so either do the full walk in one go, or stop in Seasalter on the coast at the Sportsman's pub
for a drink (lunch not
served on Mondays) before continuing into Whitstable.
The Oyster Festival has moved this year from Whitstable's harbour eastwards towards Tankerton. Once there you can participate in the events and feed, or find somewhere nice on the coast for an afternoon swim
. Or both. After the excitement make your way back through Whitstable to its station for your journey back to London.
Walk directions here: L=swc.12