Teynham to Faversham walk

Fruit farms, Saxon Shore Way along tidal River Swale, creeks, mudflats, and the stark but beautiful landscape of windswept grazing marshes. Oare Marshes. Historic Faversham.

Big Sky, across Ham Marshes SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

Big Sky, across Ham Marshes

SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

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Marshes near Faversham Teynham to Faversham walk

Marshes near Faversham

Teynham to Faversham walk

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Apple Orchard SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

Apple Orchard

SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

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Stranded in the South Deep SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

Stranded in the South Deep

SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

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Whitstable, beyond saltmarshes SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

Whitstable, beyond saltmarshes

SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

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Boats and Isle of Harty SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

Boats and Isle of Harty

SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

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Saltmarshes along Faversham Creek, towards The Swale SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

Saltmarshes along Faversham Creek, towards The Swale

SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

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Length 24.7 km (15.4 mi), with 153/147m ascent/descent. For a shorter or longer walk see below Walk Options.
Toughness 3 out of 10, with 5 ½ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 9 hours.
Walk Notes

This is a flat walk leading initially through ‘The Larder of London’, or the ‘Fruit Bowl of England’, the area around Teynham, not only the home of English cherries, but also with plentiful orchards of apples, pears, plums, strawberries and raspberries, as well as foraging opportunities for cherry plums, elderberries and blackberries. The area also used to be a large exporter of timber, grain and oysters. The local brick earth and chalk make the area fertile for fruit, but also were the foundation for the many brickfields in Teynham, Conyer and Faversham, remnants of which are passed en route. The bricks were an important source in London’s Victorian building boom, and were transported to London by the famous sailing barges, ruined remnants of which can be seen on the walk’s Conyer Creek option.
From Conyer you follow the Saxon Shore Way along The River Swale, a tidal channel between mainland Kent and the Isle of Sheppey, and then along some creeks, with mudflats, salt marshes and fishing boats on the one side and the stark but beautiful landscape of drainage ditches and dykes, fertile meadows and windswept grazing marshes on the other, an unspoilt and tranquil haven for walkers, livestock and wildlife alike. Oare Marshes NR, passed late in the afternoon, is an internationally important birdlife sanctuary.
You finish in Faversham’s bustling streets past the stunning Market Place and its many cafés and eateries.

Plentiful options enable walk lengths from as short as 13.6 km/8.4 mi to as long as 29.2 km/18.1 mi.

Walk Options

A couple of Early Morning Shortcuts cut out the southerly loop through fields, woods and orchards. They cut 8.3 km/5.1 mi or 7.5 km/4.7 mi respectively.
A Mid-Morning Shortcut cuts out 3.1 km/1.9 mi and some of the loop through fields, woods and orchards.
A Morning Extension, through more orchards and up a hillock or two, adds 2.2 km/1.3 mi.
An Afternoon Shortcut takes a more direct route into Faversham from Oare (entirely on tarmac though). It cuts 2.7 km/1.7 mi.
An Afternoon Extension, along Faversham Creek rather than through Ham Marshes, adds 1.6 km/1.0 mi.
Buses 8/344/345/662/664 (Mon-Sat) link Teynham and Sittingbourne stations to Lynsted and Conyer (the recommended lunch stop) for a start (or finish) there.
Bus line 333 (Maidstone – Teynham – Faversham) travels along the A2 and enables a start or finish at the A2 London Road/Lewson Street junction, a little off route.
Bus line 3/X3 from Oare links to Faversham station (Mon-Sat, but on Sat last at 14.10).
Circular Walks from Faversham are possible due to a choice of routes from the seawall to Oare and then again from Oare to Faversham.

Maps

OS Explorer: 149 (Sittingbourne & Faversham)
OS Landranger: 178 (Thames Estuary)

Travel

Teynham Station, map reference TQ 957 631, is 68 km south east of Charing Cross and 11m above sea level. Faversham Station, map reference TR 016 609, is 6 km south east of Teynham and 17m above sea level. Both are in East Kent. Teynham station is on the London Victoria to Dover Priory Chatham Main Line. Journey time is 70 minutes Mondays to Saturdays and 88 minutes on Sundays (shorter if utilising the High-Speed service from St. Pancras), with an hourly service all week. Return trains from Faversham are two an hour to Victoria and one or two to St. Pancras (from 66 to 94 minutes journey time). Buy a Faversham return.

Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take the train closest to 9.00 hours, or a later one if taking one of the early morning shortcuts.

Lunch

The Black Lion The Street, Lynsted, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 9JJ (01795 521 229). The Black Lion is located 150m off route, along the morning extension, 3.4 km (2.1 mi) into the walk.
The Plough Inn Lewson Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 9JJ (01795 521 348). The Plough is located 6.1 km (3.8 mi) into the walk, and 8.1 km/5.0 mi if taking the morning extension.
The Ship Inn at Conyer The Quay, Conyer, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 9HR (01795 520 881). The Ship is located 10.3 km (6.4 mi) into the walk, and 12.4 km (7.7 mi) if taking the morning extension.
The Three Mariners at Oare 2 Church Road, Oare, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0QA (01795 533 633). The Mariners is located 19.6 km (12.2 mi) into the walk, and 11-12 km if taking one of the early morning shortcuts.
The Castle Inn 2 The Street, Oare, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0PY (01795 533 674). The Castle is located 19.5 km (12.1 mi) into the walk, and 11-12 km if taking one of the early morning shortcuts.

Tea

For tea options please consult page 2 of the pdf.

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