Swale Ale Walk 6
A liniear walk from Selling Station to Perry Wood
This is a linear walk from Selling station across fields and orchards into Perry Wood. This walk takes in two pubs, one with its own hop garden.
50 minutes to 1 hour each way. This walk can be extended by spending time walking in Perry Wood.
This walk starts at Selling station which is situated on the Sittingbourne to Dover railway line 4 minutes from Faversham.
On arriving at Selling cross the railway bridge and walk up the station approach road for one minute until you reach the sadly now closed Sondes Arms.
You will reach Crouch Lane, Turn left and walk for about three minutes until you reach a footpath sign bearing right. The sign reads 'footpath, Selling 3/4 miles'. Take this footpath.
Follow the footpath between the houses with garages on your left. Continue between the tall trees and a large hedge and you will emerge in a field of pear trees. Follow this path straight on as the pear trees are replaced by large polytunnels, which on my late September walk were full of ripe strawberries.
The walk continues straight on following the tractor path which undulates across the fields. At key junctions the ground will become muddy and will be separated by a row of large trees. Choose the least muddy route and continue straight on until you reach a fenced off field that has been developed into caravan accommodation for fruit pickers. This small development is hidden behind a row of tall trees.
Continue for a short while with the fence on your left until you reach the end of the field and a choice of stiles. Take the stile on your left and enter a field with a row of tall, established trees. Follow the well-trodden path with these trees on your left and the barbed wire fence on your right. You will walk past a cricket pitch on your left which on my sunny Saturday visit was being prepared for an afternoon game.
Cross over the stile at the end of the field where you will meet a small road. Turn right and follow the road past Selling Court until you see a footpath sign ZR652 on your left. At this point you have a choice. Continue your walk up the footpath towards Perry Wood or stop for a pint at the White Lion, a delightful Shepherd Neame pub that serves excellent lunchtime and evening food.
Follow this path up a small hill until you reach a field full of apple trees. Continue straight on towards the path marker with a yellow arrow. Continue between the rows of young apple trees under the support wires until you reach a further marker.
At this marker turn right. Follow the tractor path down a small hill and you will see a further marker. You will notice that the land here has been churned by agriculture vehicles and care should be taken when crossing this area. Turn left and enter a well established pear and apple orchard. Walk up hill with these trees on your left.
In the corner of this field you will see a gap. Follow this, bearing left in order to continue straight on. You will notice many rabbit warrens to your right and a stile straight ahead. Cross this stile into a small field. Walk with the small trees on your right towards a gate and a house.
Cross the rickety stile into the front garden of Puddledock house. Continue straight on down the driveway until you reach the road.
At the road turn left and then quickly take the bridleway ZR654 into Perry Wood on your left.
Follow the bridleway straight through the woods. After a short while the route becomes more defined, After a about 10 minutes you will reach a road. Turn left and you will see the front entrance of the Rose and Crown.
This busy 16th Century pub has one main U shaped bar with a small restaurant area leading off down some steps to the rear. Inside this old pub has a good atmosphere which has not been disturbed by the excellent food that is served both lunch times and for dinner.
On my visit they were serving Adnams Southwold Bitter [3.7%], Harveys Sussex Best Bitter [4.0%] and Wells Naked Gold [4.1%].
For your return journey retrace your steps, stopping at the White Lion.
The White Lion is a two bar Shepherd Neame pub serving Master Brew [3.7%] and Late Red [4.5%] on my visit. The pub has accommodation above and a indoor and outdoor restaurant area to the rear. It has its own hop garden which last year was visited by a double decker bus full of ex hop pickers. The pub has two live fires - a log burner in the public bar and an open fire with a hydro powered spit roast. Good food is offered daily, but not always from the spit roast!
The countryside is a living place and for this reason many of the paths, fences and natural features in this guide may be subject to change. All details are to my knowledge correct at publication and follow signposted public rights of way. I cannot of course be held responsible for any diversion orders, inaccuracies in the text or maps which may result from changes to the landscape or any damage which may be caused by walkers trespassing on private property