Get outdoors and be inspired, discovering the beauty and history of Swale on two feet or two wheels
From the Thames estuary and the internationally important salt marshes to the undulating foothills of the Kent Downs with quintessentially English villages, and historic towns, Swale is a rich tapestry landscape to explore. Follow the long-distance way-marked trails through Swale, there’s the ancient Saxon Shore Way and the new King Charles III Coast Path or the North Downs Way. Alternatively, there are lots of shorter Swale Trails immersing you in the history, rural life, beauty and natural world of this patch of the Garden of England.
Long Distance Trails
King Charles III England Coast Path - the National Trail that will eventually cover all 4,500km of England's coast. Walk along the Whitstable to Iwade section passing through the Oare Marshes, which supports an exciting and diverse range of birds, and finish by the unique Kingsferry Bridge, a mid-twentieth century engineering marvel.
The North Downs Way - one of the country's most accessible trails covering 246km through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In Swale, the Linking Coast to Downs series of walks and rides has been developed to promote access between the atmospheric coast of Swale and the rolling hills of the Kent Downs AONB.
The Saxon Shore Way - this long-distance route follows Kent's ancient coastline for 160 miles (257km) from Gravesend to Hastings. Enjoy the inspiring landscape and natural beauty of the estuarine habitats and the historic marsh villages and towns along the trail through Swale from Otterham Quay to Seasalter.
We are lucky to have an intricate network of Public Rights of Way across Swale that has enabled the creation of lots of different walks for all ages and abilities, exploring our glorious countryside. Whether you're an experienced hiker or just want to stretch your legs, you'll find a walk to suit you.
A land for all Seasons Trail – a circular walk of 9-12 miles in the chalk slopes of the North Downs through Sheldwich, Selling, Perrywood and Badlesmere
A Classic Kent Landscape – a 5 mile circular walk through Borden, Bredgar and Tunstall
Ancient Woodland and Waters – A 9 mile linear walk through ancient woodland and modern orchards from Milton Creek to the Hucking Estate, near Hollingbourne.
Apples Galore – a circular walk of 4 miles through the North Kent Fruit Belt from Newington to Hartlip
A Tapestry of History and Wildlife - This challenging 11 mile linear walk links two National Trails, the King Charles III England Coast Path and the North Downs Way, going through Conyer, Teynham, Lynsted, Doddington and Lenham.
A walk on the Wild Side Trail – a circular 7 mile walk from historic Faversham to the wildlife havens of Oare and Luddenham
Birds, Boats and Countryside Trail – a circular 5.4 mile walk with breath-taking vistas of both coast and countryside, through Newington, Lower Halstow and Upchurch
Birds, Bangs, Bricks and Beer – a 4 mile walk along Faversham Creek from the Victorian train station, through the medieval town and out to the North Kent marshes.
Earth, Wind and Water Trail – a 5 or 12 mile circular walk though Faversham, Goodnestone, Graveney and Seasalter
First Fruit Trail – a 5 or 11 mile circular walk through Teynham, Conyer, Lewson Street and Lynsted, discovering the home of English cherries
Footsteps of Royalty and Romans Trail – a 6 mile circular walk through Faversham, Ospringe, Painter’s Forstal and Brogdale
King & Country Trail – a circular 4.4 mile walk stepping out of the urban and into the rural from Sittingbourne through Tunstall and Borden
Syndale Valley Trail – a circular 6 or 11 mile circular walk through the farming communities of Newnham, Eastling, Stalisfield and Doddington
The Peasants' Last Revolt Trail - a 5 mile circular walk through the heart of Kent’s hop growing traditions visiting the villages of Boughton, Hernhill, Dargate and Dunkirk
The Two Creeks Trail – a circular 5 mile walk discovering the rich maritime and farming legacy of Faversham, Davington and Oare
The Woodland and Duck Ponds Trail – a wonderful circular country walk from Sittingbourne through Rodmersham Green and Milstead. The route is 3.8 miles with a 2.7 miles optional loop.
You can book onto walks with knowledgeable guides to show you the hidden bits and tell you the unexpected stories in Faversham and at Brogdale.
90 Minute walking tours start at the Visitor Information centre at 12 Market Place, adults £5 and children £3 and includes one free museum entry in subsequent year.
Group visits (minimum 10 people or £50) arranged at any time by calling 01795 483289 or emailing email@example.com
Take a walk around the Brogdale Collections to see the gnarled fruit trees throughout the year, with their beautiful blossoms, large harvest or autumnal warmth.
Swale Spectacular Cycling
Pedal through Swale to get a real sense of the landscape. From remote farming countryside to coastal vistas and undulating valleys. Follow one of our special routes to be inspired.
Estuary Edgelands Explore – a circular rural ride of 12 miles from Newington, out to Iwade, Lower Halstow and Upchurch.
Isle of Harty Trail – a circular 7 mile rural ride across farmland from Leysdown to Harty
Perry Woods Cycle Trail – through farmland and woodlands this 10 mile circular trail goes through Badlesmere, Sheldwich and Shottenden, off road and on rural lanes
Poplars, Pines and Pedals – This 13 mile cycle ride is a hilly adventure from Faversham to Perry Woods
Sheerness Way – a flat, 6 mile, mainly traffic free circular ride through Barton’s Point, along the Queenborough Lines, through Sheerness and along the seafront.
Ride in the shadow of The Downs – a 12 mile undulating circular ride through Rodmersham Green, Milstead, Bredgar, Oad Street, Borden and Tunstal, exploring the landscape of the foothills of The Downs.
Kent Connected is a free journey planner that empowers you to make smarter travel choices with your health, time, and the environment in mind. Kent Connected makes travel planning easy; it shows live bus and train times, and provides different route suggestions for walking and cycling and includes an integrated walking and cycling map to help ease any worries and get you on your way.
Take a look at the the Explore Kent Walking & Cycling Map for ideas of routes on the Isle Of Sheppey, the schools are listed so could you find a safe cycle or walking route?
Enjoy Faversham on a cycle, available to hire during your visit with App-Bike. 2 E-bikes and 4 manual bikes in East Street opposite the Post Office.
App-Bike combines smart phone and Smart Lock Technology. Download the app to get started. You choose the payment option that works best for you. Scan the QR code on the bike or enter the bike number into the app to unlock a bike.
Go anywhere you like with the bike and stop along the way. Just remember to lock the bike each time you stop using the frame lock and cable. When you’ve finished with the bike just return it to its original location making sure that you stop your rental in the app.
Hire Charges: E-bikes £7 per hour or £35 per day
Manual bikes £3 per hour or £18 per day
Or watch the how to get started video
For nature lovers, there is a walk at the huge Elmley National Nature Reserve, nationally known for its stunning landscape and wildlife. For something different, there are plenty of opportunities for cycling and walking around the 40 acres at Barton's Point Coastal Park.
For information on fantastic ideas for days outdoors in Kent, from short walks in the park with the kids, to countryside adventures. Whether it’s by bike, on foot or by canoe, discover something new - Explore Kent
Walk Awhile - Long distance and UK walking holidays and hiking tours on Pilgrims Way and in the Kent Downs Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) with luggage transfer. For more information go to: www.walkawhile.co.uk or call 01227 752762.
Further inspiration from AllTrails website - promoting an 'easy' 5.1 kilometer walk at Milton Creek Country Park Sittingbourne.