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Sunday, 3 June 2007

A Brilliant Walk At Oare, Nr Faversham, North Kent








The Creek




This is truly a beautiful walk and certainly the best we have done this year. The walk starts from the North Kent Village of Oare, a stones throw from the lovely Market Town of Faversham . For some provisions we went into the town first and of course my main interest was the Shepherd Neame Brewery which produces some of the best ales in the Country. Faversham is steeped in history and is well worth a visit as a warm up, to the long/short walk to follow. After picking up our provisions and a wander around the town, we returned to
Oare and commenced our walk along the Saxon Shore Path to the left of the creek, this area is owned by the National Trust. As you walk towards the open sea, the wind gets stronger, the air fresher and on this particular day we were the only walkers. The North Kent Marshes are a bird watchers paradise and at the beginning of the walk we met several birdwatchers, with their tri-pod cameras, which are large enough to remind in the distance of small robots. The weather was just perfect for walking and as we had started late at about 12.30, we decided to get a good pace up as we wanted to be home, for our well deserved sundowners. We reached the mouth of the estuary with views of Whistable Bay to our right and the Isle of Sheppey opposite. This is a circular walk and if you only want to walk about three miles, then follow the path left towards the Swale and take the next footpath back. If your feeling energetic then beyond that path, the walk is at least 9 miles. You will need OS Explorer 149
(Sittingbourne & Faversham and Isle of Sheppey) As we followed the route along the Saxon Shore Path we got to the point of no return and we did not see anyone until we reached Conyer Creek and followed the path to Conyer Village.( Along the Swale path we saw hundreds of fish swimming near the Shore and I have since been told they are Mullet and weigh between two or three pounds). At Conyer you need to follow the path until you reach the Swale Heritage Trail and this will eventually lead you back to Oare. The Countryside is quite breathtaking and the diversity of this walk is going to make it hard to beat this year. Beware the path leading back to Oare, it has been somewhat neglected, but I believe that it will soon be renovated back to its rightful condition .

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