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SWC Walk 299 - Teynham to Faversham

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Apple Orchard

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Stranded in the South Deep

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Whitstable, beyond saltmarshes

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Boats and Isle of Harty

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Saltmarshes along Faversham Creek, towards The Swale

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Mud, Oare Creek

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Teynham to Faversham walk

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

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Fri, 07-Dec-18

Date # Post
Sat, 08-Sep-18 13

Saturday Walk - The Fruit Bowl of England: Teynham to Faversham

Dorchester (South) Circular
Length: 24.1 km (15.0 mi) [shorter or longer walk possible, see pdf or webpage]
Ascent/Descent: 565m; Net Walking Time: 5 ¾ hours
Toughness: 7/10
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Dorchester (South) to Portesham
Length: 25.5 km (15.9 mi) [shorter walk possible, see pdf or webpage]
Ascent/Descent: 823/827m; Net Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Toughness: 10/10
Due to the adverse impact of the strike timetable on the journey (lengthening both journeys by at least 30 minutes) this walk has been postponed to 29 September
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SWC 299 – Teynham to Faversham
Length: from 13.6 km/8.4 mi to 29.2 km/18.1 mi, main walk is 24.7 km (15.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 90/84m (main walk)
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours (main walk)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 (main walk)
Take the 09.10 Dover Priory train from London Victoria (Bromley South 09.27), arrives Teynham 10.20.
Or take the 10.10 if walking the very short versions (or indeed take the earlier train and have lunch in Oare).
Returns from Faversham are on xx.02, xx.22 and xx.37 to Victoria and xx.30 and xx.58 to St. Pancras (High Speed surcharge needed). Buy a Faversham return.
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.
See the route map here.
Lunch: The Plough Inn in Lewson Street (6.1 km/3.8 mi, food 12.00-15.00), The Ship at Conyer in Conyer (10.3 km/6.4 mi, food to 14.30), The Three Mariners at Oare in Oare (11-12 km into the walk if taking one of the early morning shortcuts, food to 14.30), The Castle Inn in Oare (11-12 km into the walk if taking one of the early morning shortcuts).
Tea: Numerous options close to and in Faversham, see pdf page 2.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.299
And yes: I am aware that this is a strike day. As of Friday, the National Rail website will/should be showing which trains will run, and if this walk is not possible, I will replace it with one that is. So if you are thinking of staying overnight in the area and combine this walk with Sunday's Stargazer posting, book accomodation with free cancellation...
As for a replacement walk, if the strike does affect this posting: it is actually not easy to find a walk that's not dependent on SWT, not affected by track works (South Downs), different to what's already been posted for this weekend and beyond, minimum 20 km and right for the season. But this one is: SWC 299 Teynham to Faversham, The Fruit Bowl of England...
11 on the platform, one of which immediately 'turned left' to walk one of the shortcuts. The rest split 5 each into walking the morning extension or the main walk. The orchards were about a third harvested, so still loaded with apples, pears & plums, while the hedges and trees on public land offered plenty of delicious fruit themselves: there was even a hedge made from plum trees, or so it seemed!
The three arable field crossings were good to walk, the weather dry and warmish and Heritage Open Day meant that a couple of the usually locked churches (Lynsted and Lewson Street) were open, with St. Peter & St. Paul, Lynsted having a remarkable collection of monuments to the local Laird's family.
Lunch was taken at The Ship Inn, Conyer, where the two groups met again, plus one late starter (having managed to miss both the 9.10 and the 10.10!).
On to the seawall along The Swale, past disused brickworks, jetties and ruined Thames barges. Low tide meant plenty of wading birds, there was a breeze in the reed beds and we had far views. We were met/overtaken by a 13th walker, who has also missed the 10.10 but taken the 10.40 to Sittingbourne and started from there, so 13 in total.
A drink at The Corner Tap, Whitstable Brewery's tap room, followed for about 7 of the group.

Thu, 14-Jun-18 2

Thursday walk Faversham Circular - a Walk on the Wildside

Faversham Circular - a mix and match with the Council's walk and our SWC 299 - Teynham to Faversham

Length: 14 km (8.7 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10 Mostly flat, beside the coast, through marshes and a nature reserve

London Victoria: 10-10 hrs Dover Priory service Bromley South: 10-27 hrs
Arrive Faversham: 11-25 hrs

Return: 16-02, 16-32, 17-02, 17-41 and 18-02 hrs

Note: you can also travel from St Pancras but the time saved is marginal and it's not worth the extra cost of the rail fare.


Mid-week walkers gave this walk a spin last August, and much enjoyed it. Since then Thomas G has incorporated part of Faversham Council's own "Walk on the Wildside" with a walk from Teynham to Faversham, and very good it is, too. But today the idea is to pick the best bits of both, in a round from Faversham !

The town is worth the trip on its own, with its historic buildings.

Lunch: The best pub is the Three Mariners at Oare, if you can get there in time - they like you to book 01795-533633 - your e.t.a 13-40 hrs No matter if you cannot get in - there are plenty of eateries at walk-end.

You will need the Council's Directions for its Walk on the Wildside.
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You will also need the Teynham walk directions here: L=swc.299

Just 2 of us off the posted train at Faversham. Another four possible walkers were seen waiting on the platform, but as they had three massive Alsatian dogs with them, the two of us sped past them, to exit the station post haste, without a backward glance well, you know me and dogs.............
Fortunately, we were not followed, as we set out on the Council's Wildside walk, on a dull and overcast morning which morphed into glorious sunshine after lunch.
After the suburban start to the walk we were soon walking through the marshes and nature reserve beside Oare creek before heading along the coast, with a strong breeze driving us along. An inward leg then, through more marshes then farmland, then back to Oare, in time to stop for lunch at the excellent Three Mariners pub. We dined from their Walkers menu, and very good too, washed down with a few alcoholic drinks each.
Suitably refreshed, we switched to SWC Walk 299 for the leg back to Faversham via the long coastline loop that is the Saxon Shore Way. As it was approaching 5pm by the time we were back in town, we headed straight for the railway station for a service back to Victoria.
The Council's Wildside walk is a little gem and when coupled to our SWC walk, it makes for a most enjoyable, relaxing, perambulation along the coast.
Recommended for those who could not join us today. No further sign of dem Alsatian dogs............
Sat, 28-Oct-17 30

Saturday Walk - The Fruit Bowl of England, Brickfields, Creeks & Marshland - Teynham to Faversham [New Walk]

Length: from 13.6 km/8.4 mi to 29.2 km/18.1 mi, main walk is 24.7 km (15.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 90/84m (main walk)
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours (main walk)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 (main walk)
Take the 09.07 Dover Priory train from London Victoria (Bromley South 09.23), arrives Teynham 10.17.
[Or take the 10.07 if walking the very short versions (or indeed take the earlier train and have lunch in Oare)].
Returns from Faversham are on xx.03 and xx.38 to Victoria and xx.26 and xx.59 to St. Pancras (High Speed surcharge needed). Buy a Faversham return.
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. See the route map here.
Lunch: The Plough Inn in Lewson Street (6.1 km/3.8 mi, food 12.00-15.00), The Ship at Conyer in Conyer (10.3 km/6.4 mi, food to 14.30), The Three Mariners at Oare in Oare (11-12 km into the walk if taking one of the early morning shortcuts, food to 14.30), The Castle Inn in Oare (11-12 km into the walk if taking one of the early morning shortcuts).
Tea: Numerous options close to and in Faversham, see pdf page 2.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml file click here. T=swc.299
I will do this using the 09.07 train but do not expect to do the full 15.4 miles
I expect to do about 10 miles and looking at the map
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/teynham to faversham/map.html
it seems to be that if you leave the station and walk straight north to Conyer on the red route and then stick to the green route after that it will be around 10 ish miles.
The draw back is that this leaves The Three Mariners at Oare for lunch ( all the others are too soon ) This is something like 7 or so miles into the walk

Others are welcome to join me if they wish
Stephen
Intend going.
A new coastal route thank you great instructions. I went north from Teynham on shortcut II, stayed close to Conyer Creek to see the old Thames barges, continued on the Main walk along the shore to Oare, and then the dull but direct pavement walk to Faversham. Disappointing lack of birds as tide so very low, but repeated small flocks of twenty or so chaffinches flying, presumably from Scandinavia, into the westerly which I had enjoyed behind me. The Caravan on the raft ???? A local birdwatcher told me it was an elderly couple's compromise when one wanted a caravan and one wanted a boat ! Unfortunately the police have recently visited it after an apparent break in and today net curtains were sadly blowing out from the window.
I didn't see any other walkers but I did catch the 8.07 to ensure a solitary walk.
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29 walkers off the train, 7 of which peeled away immediately onto the shortest of short options (and had a rather long lunch experience, apparently), 7 others walked the long version, the remainder presumably did the normal/main walk. 1 other on the 08.07 train, so 30. Plus a dog, part of a family, one member of which unfortunately 'did his ankle in', so they eventually took a bus from Oare to cut out the last kilometres. The weather was as forecast: dry and sunny with quite a breeze (from behind).
Despite the fact that the walk came probably a month or two too late to see the orchards at their best/full of fruits, it seemed to please all comers, the first half being dominated by said orchards plus a handful of arable fields and plenty of pastures and paddocks, the remainder by creeks and marshes, long views and plenty of birds. 13 lunched at The Ship Inn at Conyer to general approval (it's a nicely run pub). Also 13, although not exactly the same 13, later found themselves in the Shipwrights at Hollowshore, an amazingly atmospheric pub right on the creek, and 7 visited The Corner Tap near the end for a last few bevvies before boarding the train.
Due to all those breaks during the walk, the tailenders/long walkers only approached Faversham at sunset, which was quite dramatic today, what with lots of clouds turning orangey. This, after a sizeable murmuration had criss crossed our path, made it a perfect end to a very nice day out.
Judging by the preceding comments, all of the many options, apart from the Luddenham route, were walked today by one or other person, which is quite satisfying for the walk author.
This should be an especially good walk during tree blossom and all through the summer.