Herne and West Blean Wood walk

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Ancient droveways lie along this walk; for many centuries these were used to drive animals from winter to summer pastures.

You’ll find panoramic views over Knockhimdown Hill across to Sheppey and the 30 turbines of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm in the Swale estuary. Large quantities of clay were removed from here in 1953 to fill a breach in sea defences during the great storm.

The old Blean Union Workhouse is another piece of local history along the walk. The imposing building opened on 14th January 1836 to serve 16 parishes and 420 inmates. The building was later extended and changed into a hospital for ‘infectious’ cases before finally being converted for residential use.

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