Time on our hands!
When you are born and have lived in Australia where some of the most venomous creatures live, you learn to walk through bush and grasslands with extreme caution and always “eyes glued to the ground” for any motion or fast movement, just in case it is a “brown” heading straight for you! (yes, I have had that experience!)
Of course, a healthy dose of “fear of snakes” helps elevate the walking experience to new heights – every movement in the bushes and rustling sounds raise the fear spike! Sometimes those so-called lovely bush walks to view the waterfalls or get to the look-out are just (well for me) an experience in heightened stress.
Now you may understand why I JUST LOVE WALKING IN THE UK – I am so relaxed about walking through long grass, overgrown pathways and have no fear of lying down in the meadow. Nothing to fear – and I have yet to see an adder! I love walking in this country – I can relax so much here and enjoy every moment. It is so good for me!
BIG DAY OUT!
Yesterday Keith and I walked part of the Saxon Shore Way – from Faversham to Whitstable.
So far all our walks have been without a map or directions, but for this walk, I thought it would be beneficial to get some walking notes just to make sure we didn’t take the wrong footpath and end up missing bits. Of course, the quickest place for information on such things is online. I managed to find a quick guide written by walkers for the Faversham to Whitstable route and used this as our guide. I also printed out a map from Kent County Council website, you can find it under Explore Kent.
We left home around 9.08am and walked approximately a mile to Whitstable Station and caught the 9.39am train to Faversham. From Faversham Station, we walked down Preston Rd into Faversham town.
Saturday in Faversham is market day, and this day Faversham also had the Classic Car Rally to entertain us en-route to the river where we would join the Saxon Shore Way.
We both took photos of the cars and some of the buildings in Faversham, even though we have been to Faversham on numerous occasions prior, alas, no photo of the blue Market Building it was covered in scaffolding and being repainted.
Taking advantage of our trip into Faversham we stopped by Macknade’s Town Centre Shop to buy some “Teapigs” Rooibos Creme Caramel for my daughter. Well, they were light enough to carry on the walk and why not “kill two birds with one stone”?
Managed to find the first sign for the Saxon Shore Way in the Iron Wharf Boat Yard. What an amazing place, loads of opportunities for some great photo shots (maybe next time) had to keep reminding ourselves of the reason for us being here “THE WALK TO WHITSTABLE”.
The weather was perfect for walking – cloudy, southwesterly wind, 13C at the start and 16C by the afternoon. Throughout the duration of our walk, it was mostly cloudy, however, we did have sunshine, threatening rain clouds, and a slight breeze (just enough to cool us down and keep us from overheating).
SUSTENANCE – yes we carried our own:
- H2O 1.5 litres
- 750ml of juice
- 1 x Snickers
- 1 x Mars
- 2 x apples
- 2 x Cheese, Branston and salad, sourdough sandwich
We stopped for a snack break four times – I know amazing how hungry you get walking – and eating chocolate bars – something I do very rarely now. Anyway, each time we stopped to take a breather we shared a chocolate bar or a sandwich, so we didn’t feel too full and could continue walking easily after a 5 – 10 or 15-minute break.
We both carry a light backpack and share the load, however, my Keith always insists on carrying more than me – the gentleman he is! I have no arguments there!
ABOUT THE WALK
This walk is classed as an EASY, FLAT WALK. Yes, it is easy and flat, and if you are a seasoned long-distance walker, there are no challenges here. Whereas for us this is the first long walk (over 10 miles) and the terrain around the Nagden Marshes and along the seawall, until you get to Seasalter – we found a bit tough.
Walking on uneven grassed footpaths is slow going. In the past, we have walked so much on paved and level footpaths (apart from the Reculver cliff tops) that this grassland walking was very taxing on my feet and ankles, even in my sturdy walking shoes.
We stuck to the seafront for the length of the walk (yes, we ignored the Private Estate signs and walked along the seafront there as well), which meant walking along the shingle beach in some places. In the end, we were so glad to hit the concrete pavements at Whitstable.
Highly recommend this walk.
- No toilet facilities or anything else, once you leave Faversham until the Sportsman’s Tavern.
- Take all your own drinks and snacks, and take your rubbish with you.
Next time will take some “natural insect repellent” as we got closer to Seasalter there were hundreds of tiny bugs sticking to every bit of our clothing and trying to get up our noses and in our eyes, not to mention everywhere else. Bah humbug!
AND yes, we managed to get up the two flights of stairs to get into our flat, and managed to shower, eat and collapse for the rest of the day. Arrived home at 15.30.
WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT – AND NOW PLANNING OUR NEXT WALK – RECULVER TO MARGATE – WOO HOO!