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  • Start: Faversham ME13 8PN
  • End: Faversham ME13 8PN
  • Country: England
  • County: Kent
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: Pubs, restaurants and a tea room en route
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 149
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Discover the contrasting landscape in and around Faversham on a new walk that lets you explore the historic town, local wildlife, marshes, fields and wind farm

Kent walk of the month: Faversham


Discover the contrasting landscape in and around Faversham on a new walk that lets you explore the historic town, local wildlife, marshes, fields and wind farm


Location: Faversham ME13 8PN


Distance: 11 miles (17.7km), allow 4 hours 30 minutes. There is a shortcut you can take that makes the walk 5 miles (8km). Some road walking, mainly with pavements as you leave Faversham. The path then turns into surfaced cycle tracks and grass-topped sea walls. As the walks heads back inland the route takes you through open fields and alongside orchards. There are two railway crossings on the route, both with good sight lines, and a narrow bridge, less than 600mm wide, shortly after leaving town on the creek path.


OS Explorer Map: 149


Stiles: 3 Gates: 19


Terrain: Mainly flat with a mixture of surfaced paths and arable fields. Some on-road sections


Step count: approx. 22,000


Parking: Queens Hall long-stay car park is near Faversham Station


Refreshments: Pubs, restaurants and a tea room en route



Meandering through miles of beautiful countryside and past stunning coastal scenery, the circular route takes walkers from Faversham to Goodnestone and Seasalter and back to Faversham.


In town, walkers can stop off for refreshments and relax at one of the many quaint pubs and inns, restaurants and cafs serving delicious, freshly prepared food, often featuring local and Kentish produce.


The walk starts in the charming town of Faversham, which boasts Kents oldest street market and the UKs oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, where visitors can enjoy pre-booked brewery tours and tasting sessions.


Journeying down Abbey Street, famous for its fine collection of period homes and the remains of the towns medieval royal abbey, you will follow the historic waterway out of the town and into open countryside.


Once renowned as the Larder of London, this area of Kent sent vital supplies of grain, fruit and hops to the capital city by sailing barge. Now you will discover historic farmsteads and rural hamlets dotted between golden wheat fields, hop gardens, and watercress beds.


Strawberry fields surround the area around Goodnestone, which also boasts a beautiful 12th-century church, and is a major centre for the UKs soft fruit production.


From here the trail snakes to the wide, open marshes at Graveney, home to diverse ranges of plants, insects and animals as well as award-winning salt marsh lamb, and where you can learn about a historic secret of the marshes, and its nearby pub that helped shorten the Second World War.


Walking towards the village of Seasalter, with its sandy beach and the Michelin-starred gastro pub, The Sportsman, the trail now follows the coastal path back to Faversham.


Along the route visitors will be able to see a second wind farm - set to become the worlds largest offshore wind farm - being built in the Thames Estuary. The trail then takes walkers past wetland reserves, home to lizards, buzzards and rare plants, and of significant national environmental importance.


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