A small part of the Saxon Shore Way. A great walk along Faversham Creek to Hollowshore. Great pub, then a shorter walk back through farmland. Enjoy the beautiful desolation of the marshes, just you, the birds, and the breeze. Stop for a rest or bite to eat at the wonderful Shipwrights Arms, then either re-trace your steps or take the shorter walk back through Ham Farm.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Start at the small public car park at Front Brents, Faversham ME13 7DH. Turn left out of the car park onto Front Brents, and continue along past The Albion Tavern Pub and houses on your left. Go over the small 'bridge' (actually a covered over corrugated iron pipe) onto Crab Island, with an information board on your left. Continue until you hit the concrete wall, then turn sharp left and carry on around with the wall on your right. You will pass through a short alleyway. At the end of this alley, go diagonally left for 20 meters, and turn right at the house number 117.
(1) There is a footpath signpost here. Continue on the footpath with the wall on your right - basically you are skirting the industrial estate. Go through the gate and go straight on (still with the wall, then houses on your right until you reach the creek bank and the raised grassy bank.
(2) From here stay on the raised bank and just follow the path with the creek to your right and the marshes to your left. You may encounter some cows, and you should see plenty of bird life, plus a nice view of the ship yard on the opposite bank of the creek. You cant go wrong, there is only one path and after a couple of miles you will reach Hollowshore with its boatyard and the Shipwrights Arms Pub. Big garden, real ales, nice food (but limited opening hours so check first).
(3) From here, you can either retrace your steps back to the car park, or for a shorter route back, turn left out of the pub, pass through the car park and join the small road. Continue on this road for about 200 metres, until you reach the public footpath and gate on the left. Go through this gate and follow the footpath arrow across the field. you will see the farm buildings in front of you, head for them. Leave the fields by the gate and turn left into the farmyard.
(4). Walk through the farm yard. In the winter you can say hi to the cows in the sheds, in the summer the cows are out on the marshes, so you may just have to say hi to a tractor. About half way through the farm yard, turn sharp right, past the high hedge on your right and out into the fields. Follow the clear path and after 10 minutes or so you will find yourself back at waypoint (1). From here, just retrace your steps back to the car park
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 16ft - Car park at Front Brents
1 : mi 0.31 - alt. 16ft - Turn right at house Number 117
2 : mi 0.58 - alt. 7ft - Continue along raised bank
3 : mi 2.84 - alt. 7ft - Shipwrights Arms Pub
4 : mi 3.41 - alt. 13ft - Ham Farm
D/A : mi 4.25 - alt. 16ft - Car park at Front Brents
Very flat and open, so lovely when the weather is good but can be a bit exposed in the cold or rain. No special equipment needed, but parts can be muddy after rain.
With a pub at the start/end, and a pub in the middle, you wont go short of refreshments.
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Global average : 4.11/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4.33/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5
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Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
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Nice walk but not a lot to see.
Global average : 3.67 / 5
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Enjoyed the walk through town. Found the car park and then used the written instructions for the remainder. Went in the wrong direction once or twice but once on the ridgeway it was straight forward to the pub (not open due to lockdown )
On the 2nd half there were a few options so we just chose one and made our way back into town. It was Easter Sunday and we passed decorated postboxes and trees!
Thanks for the walk outline.
Thanks for your comment and well spotted re the correction. I hope I didn't send you into the industrial estate! Will amend it now.
Global average : 4.67 / 5
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Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
A good route taking in a small part of the Saxon Shore Way. Stopped at the Shipwrights for a cheeky pint.One of my crew even sat in the Haunted Chair. Oaresome!
Route well-described with just one minor correction:
<At the end of this alley, go diagonally right for 20 meters, and turn right at the house number 117>
Should be go diagonally left
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