The Isle of Harty Trail and the Sheerness Way are flat, circular and perfect for families. They are mainly traffic free but with some sections on road. At a moderate speed they can be completed comfortably in under an hour, depending on your fitness, but with young children it will take longer. Why not stop along the way to enjoy the local attractions or spend a whole day exploring the area?
Close to Barton’s Point Country Park, discover the Queenborough Lines or ‘canal bank’ as it is known locally. It is a mid 19th century ditch and mound fortification built to protect Sheerness Naval Dockyard from attack from inland. More recent concrete gun footings from both world wars can still be seen. From the Lines cycle towards the town. In the town centre stands the clock tower built in 1902 to commemorate King Edward VII’s coronation. This 11m (36ft) high iconic feature is one of the oldest and largest surviving cast iron clock towers in Kent. On to the sea wall, the dockyard is visible to the west.
Due to its unrivalled location in protecting the River Medway, Sheerness began as a fort. This was tested in the Anglo-Dutch wars in the 1600’s, during which Sheerness fell. The potential as a naval dockyard site was originally identified by Samuel Pepys. Looking out to sea you may glimpse the masts of a sunken World War II vessel, the SS Richard Montgomery. It is loaded with explosives but because of its proximity to Sheerness it was deemed too dangerous to blow up! For more family fun, enjoy a paddle in the sea or relax on the shingle beach with a picnic.
Sheerness Way: At Neptune Terrace please dismount and use the ramp to wheel your bike down a small flight of steps. Please also take care when crossing Marine Parade back to Barton’s Point. The nearest Station is Sheerness-on-Sea; from here you are signposted onto the route.
Please note that this route is not suitable for towing children’s trailors due to several stops along the way.