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.
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)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)
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
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.
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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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