The Swale & Oare, near Faversham

This Kent walk explores the marshes, creeks and tideways on the south side of the River Swale. On the far side of the water is the Isle of Sheppey and in season the area is an excellent place for watching birdlife.

Technical sheet
No. 293035
A Oare (Kent) walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 29/03/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 4.99mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 59ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 59ft
Highest point Highest point : 59ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 0ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Oare (Kent)
Starting point Starting point : N 51.34627° / E 0.88932°
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Description

(D)The start is the car park at grid ref. TR012647 which can easily be reached from Oare village and the centre of Faversham. After parking follow the Saxon Shore Way west (with the Swale on your right). Reaching a disused jetty (grid ref. TR005652), turn left onto a signed bridleway. This leads through Uplees to reach a tarmac road (grid ref. TQ999643).

(1)Cross the road and follow the footpath towards Poplar Hall. You cross the access road for Howletts to join a track that leads past Poplar Hall. At grid ref. TQ994636 leave the track and take the footpath Luddenham Court with its fine church.

(2)Just past the church take the footpath on your left. This leads east, crossing a minor road where it becomes a track to reach a junction of tracks/paths at grid ref. TQ998631. Bear right here to leave the track taking the footpath to Uplees Road on the outskirts of Oare village (grid ref. TR004630). Turn right down this road into the centre of the village.

(3)Continue straight through the village to reach Oare Creek on your left (grid ref. TR007627). Turn left here onto Saxon Shore Way and with the water to your right walk north following the clear path alongside the creek and back to the start.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 0ft - Car park by River Swale
1 : mi 1.28 - alt. 33ft - Cross road and follow footpath
2 : mi 2.19 - alt. 20ft - Take footpath on left
3 : mi 3.17 - alt. 10ft - Turn left at Oar Creek
D/A : mi 4.99 - alt. 0ft - Car park by River Swale

Useful Information

For accommodation in the local area, contact Driftwood Beach House. Just a stone’s throw from Seasalter beach, and a few minutes by car to the town, Driftwood offers excellent Whitstable accommodation in the perfect setting for exploring the surrounding beach and marshland.
www.whitstablebedandbreakfast.co.uk

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 18 May 2020 10:10:09 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 16/05/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great family walk with the kids. Nice variety of landscape and easy to follow. Will be one of our new favourites.

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