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.
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
(10.3 km/6.4 mi, food to 14.30), The Three Mariners at Oare
(11-12 km into the walk if taking one of the early morning shortcuts, food to 14.30), The Castle Inn
(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
, height profile, photos
and gpx/kml file