Teynham to Black Lion at Lynsted

Visiting

The Black Lion Lynsted

Overview and Length

This linear walk is on mainly flat ground with a few steps along the way.  Although part of the walk is on pavements, you will, nevertheless, be able to appricate teh fruit orchards in the right season as you make your way to the pub.

Hop Gardens and Creeks - Faversham to Graveney

Visiting

The Four Horseshoes - Graveney

The Anchor Inn - Faversham

The Phoenix Tavern - Faversham

Overview and Length

A Faversham and Graveney Ciruclar Walk - 2 1/2 hours

This walk visits three pubs and follows both footpaths, cycle routes and road.  It traverses railwaylines, hop fileds and boat yards.

A circular walk to Painters Forstal and Brogdale via Ospringe

Visiting

The Ship Inn - Ospringe

The Alma - Painter's Forstal

Brogdale National Fruit Collection

The Crown and Anchor - Faversham

The Elephant - Faversham

Overview and Length

Circular Walk - 5 miles approx.  1 hours 40 minutes walking.

This walk visits four pubs and Brogdale National Fruit Collection which offers cafes and shops selling beers and ciders. It follows both footpaths, cycle routes and road. 

A linear walk to Conyer and Tonge

Visiting

The Ship Inn - Conyer

The Oast Golf Centre - Tonge

Overview and Length

This walk can be either long or short, visiting one or two different pubs depending on the distance you wish to cover. Most of this walk follows cycle and bridle paths.

Walk One - 1 hour

Walk Two - 2 additional hours

Selling to Perry Wood Walk

Visiting

The White Lion Selling

The Rose and Crown Perry Wood

Overview

This walk starts and ends at Selling station and walks through fields and orchards through Selling Village until it reaches Perry Wood.  Perry Wood is well designed for a number of circular walks.  Both pubs serve excellent food. 

A Sheppey Stroll

Visiting

The Ship on Shore

The Napier Free House

The Red Lion, Blue Town

Overview

This island walk starts at Sheerness Railway Station and then follows the coast to visit the Ship on Shore, The Napier and though to Blue Town to The Red Lion.

Disclaimer

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.


Swale Ale Walk No 3

Hop Gardens and Creeks - Faversham and Graveney Walk

Circular Walk 

Walking Guide

 This walk visits three pubs and follows both footpaths, cycle routes and road. It traverses railway lines, hop fields and boat yards.

 Circular Walk—2 1/2 hours

The Walk 

This walk starts outside St Mary's Parish Church Faversham (massive spire) which is a ten minute walk though Faversham town centre from the railway station, or a one minute walk from the Court Street bus stops.

We will start our walk at St Mary's Parish Church and walk out to the Four Horseshoes in Graveney. With the main entrance of the church in front of you take a left down a small footpath passing The Old Grammar School coming out in front of the main entrance to Queen Elizabeth II School in Abbey Place.

 

  1. Follow the footpath/cycle route to your right, running alongside the school grounds until you reach Gordon Square. Continue straight on following Gordon Square and then Gordon Road until you reach a another short footpath leading to Abbey Fields. Cross the road and take the footpath running behind the houses for the next 10 minutes until you emerge into open fields and then down a slope, which at the time of writing has small pond to the left.
  2. Follow the path up the hill and alongside the railway line for three minutes until you reach an unmanned crossing point. Carefully cross the railway line running from Faversham to Whitstable into a field of crops. Watch out for passing trains!
  3. Follow the path that runs from your current position across the field at a forty-five degree angle into the hop field via clear gap between the trees.
  4. Follow the undulating path through and out of the hop field until you reach a field lined on either side with poly-tunnels.
  5. Continue trough the middle of this field heading across towards the tiny St Bartholomew Church which should be visible at an 11 o' clock position in front of you.
  6. Cross the style passing this 12th Centaury (or earlier) church and follow the path until you reach a small road. The church is open to the public and is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. Continue down this road until you reach a T- junction and turn left onto Head Hill Road. Head Hill Road has no footpath and so carefully follow this for 10 minutes until you reach the Four Horseshoes in Graveney.
  7. Dating from about 1800, the Four Horseshoes was closed for many years but has reopened and currently sells between one and three real ales on hand pump. The pub consists of two bars with a games room (pool table) leading off from the public bar. The saloon bar to the left as you enter is mainly used as a dining room selling inexpensive food. The old interior of this pub was removed whilst it was closed, and new fixtures give this old pub a light and airy modern feel.For your return journey turn left as you exit the pub and follow Head Hill Road until you reach Graveney School.
  8. Turn left down Sandbanks Road and follow this past the village hall. After about fifteen to twenty minutes you should see a signpost on your left to Faversham.
  9. Follow the foot/cycle path over the wooden bridge until you reach Faversham Creek. Follow the left-hand path that leads along the creek continuing straight on (the cycle path takes a left turn) past the water works until you reach a small bridge the crosses into Iron Wharf boat yard.
  10. Continue through the boat yard with the creek on your right heading until you reach an old warehouse, now private accommodation. The path continues to the left of the warehouse, continue with the garden centre on your left until you reach the Anchor public House.

At the end of medieval Abbey Street this 300 year old inn is packed with character. Its two busy main bars serve up to six different Shepherd Neame beers. The public bar to the right has a log burning stove with a small snug at the rear leading out to a garden that in the summer months stages plays and live music.

Graveney is served Monday to Saturday by the 660 bus from Faversham to Tankerton. Please note this service is not very regular and so bus times should be confirmed prior to departure at www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk

 

Map

 

Route Map 

 

Disclaimer

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.

 

Swale Ale Walk No 2

Teynham to Black Lion at Lynsted

Linear Walk

Walking Guide - One hour each way

This linear walk is on mainly flat ground with a few steps along the way. Although part of the walk is on pavements, you will, nevertheless, be able to appreciate the fruit orchards in the right season as you make your way to the pub.

 

Check train times before you travel as Teynham has a hourly service. Currently from Faversham at 52 minutes past the hour, Monday to Saturday, 34 minutes past on Sundays and from Sittingbourne at 29 minutes past the hour, Monday to Saturday, 41 minutes past on Sundays. Engineering works often affect times at weekends.

The Walk

You can either start the walk at Teynham station which is accessible once an hour from both Sittingbourne and Faversham, seven days a week (barring engineering works), or catch the 333 bus that travels along the A2 from both towns. This runs hourly Monday to Saturday. The 335 does this route two-hourly on Sundays and Bank Holidays. There are also the 244 and 245 buses from Sittingbourne which run to Teynham about hourly and to the Black Lion's front door five times a day (six on Saturday, none on Sunday), but to do that would be lazy.

If you start your walk at the station you can follow Station Road for about 10 minutes until you reach the A2. Alternatively, you can turn right as you exit the station and follow the houses until you reach fields. Turn left which will take you along the edge of a field and will bring you out a little further east along the A2.

From either route cross the A2 and turn right, following the pavement passing both The George and The Swan. The Swan Inn has now serves two different real ales and is now also serving a real cider from a local farm.  Continue until you reach a gap in the houses which is handily marked 'footpath'. Walk across the gravel onto a well-trodden path across the field, leaving the houses behind you. After a while you will reach a small patch of trees, walk up the steps and continue straight on across the next field.

At the end of this field continue straight on underneath the tree canopy (with the housing on your left), coming out into the open and continue walking with the trees on your right. You will then reach the first orchard, with pear trees, on your left.

After orchard you'll reach a concrete farm access road. Cross this and continue following the footpath between the high hedge (on your left) and the wire fence (on your right). Do not walk into the field as it is not possible to cross the fence later.

Hopefully when you get to the end of this path you will have reached a small country road. Follow the road left and walk for about two minutes to the junction. Continue straight on following the sign post to Doddington. After about two minutes you will reach The Black Lion for a well-deserved pint (or many) of Goacher's.

To return to Teynham reverse these instructions. You may also wish to visit the Dover Castle, a Shepherd Neame house that is situated close to the Station Road turning on the A2. The 333 bus stops close to this pub. We completed this walk on a Friday night leaving at sunset and returning by torch light.

 

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Disclaimer

 

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.