Faversham walk

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Following the course of Faversham Creek and joining the Saxon Shore Way, you’ll pass all the busy boatyards servicing the boats that take shelter and moor here.

Even so, it is still hard to believe that the area was formerly one of England’s leading export ports in the Middle Ages.

The path runs across the marshes, famed for their distinct wildlife and the flocks of migrating, overwintering and breeding wetland birds that gather along the coast. The final section of the route takes you near Davington Priory, which is more than 850 years old.

Faversham, home to Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, is rich in history and can even claim credible links to one of England’s oldest folk tales – Beowulf.

The town was granted a charter for a market by King Kenulf in 811AD and the market is still an important attraction. Faversham was awarded by title of the best market town in Kent and one of the top three in the south east by Country Life magazine.

The town’s history is celebrated in the Fleur de Lis heritage centre, which is filled with local information about the town, its wildlife and its visitor attractions.

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Step by step guide

  • From the end of West Street near the Bull Inn pub, take road signposted Flood Lane. After a while the road opens out on to a grassy area. Follow track past white posts.
  • Turn right to walk along Brent Hill (you should see the spire of Faversham Church in the distance ahead). At the end of Brent Hill, turn right and then take the path on the left running alongside houses beside the creek (Front Brents). Follow along creek past the Albion pub.
  • Cross over a small footbridge and follow the surfaced path alongside a wall near houses. Path enters into an alleyway for a short section.
  • Cross over a small footbridge and follow the surfaced path alongside a wall near houses. Path enters into an alleyway for a short section.
  • Bear right to follow Saxon Shore Way signposting (do not continue ahead). Keep to wall. Turn right to follow signposting to creek ahead.
  • Go through kissing gate and follow path alongside wall to the waterside. Turn left to follow signposting alongside creek past "Oyster Bay House" on the right. Follow the path alongside the creek as it takes you out across the marshes. You will encounter another 5 similar kissing gates along this path.
  • Go through gate and past the Shipwrights Arms pub. Follow the path around the pub, crossing over track to continue ahead. Pass shipyard and moorings alongside the creek on your right.
  • Continue ahead following the Saxon Shore Way signposting and keeping to the well-worn path as it winds behind boats.
  • Come to the end of the track and turn right to follow surfaced road.
  • Follow the track past first turning until it reaches a main road. Turn left to follow road along the pavement past factories on the right. Follow this road all the way back to Faversham (passing primary school en-route).
  • Continue ahead past the Old Priory down Davington Hill. At the bottom near Davington Ponds, turn left to follow the road taking you back to West Street where you started.