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Embrace the Autumn weather with a stroll around Swale

Swale Tourism
27th November 2023

There’s no denying the sudden weather change that happened this month; one day we were wearing t-shirts and shorts, the next thick jumpers and socks, now big coats and hats! But, don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying one of the many outdoor spaces in Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Faversham. From country parks to nature reserves, experience the wonders that Autumn has to offer. Here are our top picks:

Cromers Wood, Sittingbourne

A haven for wildlife, this ancient semi-natural woodland sits between Sittingbourne and Milstead, covering approximately 28 hectares. With different visitor-friendly trails to follow (some easier than others!) and a pond that makes the perfect spot for observing birds and minibeasts, Cromers Wood is the place to go for a little adventure on a Sunday morning.

Milton Creek Country Park, Sittingbourne

Hidden away behind a screen of industrial and residential buildings, Milton Creek Country Park offers a host of activities across it’s 128-acres. From walking groups to family-friendly workshops, there’s plenty for everyone to get involved in. But, if you’d rather go for a walk and take in the surroundings, the path passes through multiple viewpoints, one at each of the historic wharves along the creek.

Perry Wood, Selling nr. Faversham

Perry Wood attracts many different visitors because of it’s beautiful panoramic views across the coast and countryside, as well as the rich history of the woodland. It can be explored by following various trails from the car park, with a short easy access route or more adventurous routes (be warned, steep slopes are included!). The ideal place to combine both history and nature.

Image credit: @girl.aboutkent

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, Faversham

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park is steeped in history, with many little stories to tell. Once one of the main gunpowder factories in the South East, it’s the place to learn about gunpowder manufacturing. There is also a rich variety of habitats including woodland, wetlands and open glades, meaning that the site is wonderful place to discover wildlife.

Elmley National Nature Reserve, Sheerness

A renowned wildlife spot, Elmley National Nature Reserve is the place to go for wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers and photographers. Peaceful meadows and waterways are dominated by vast, soul-stirring skies, and you are likely to see water birds wading in the ponds, magnificent birds of prey soaring above, hares bounding across the meadows, as well as a butterflies, dragonflies and bees exploring the waterways and wildflowers.

 

And if, after all of your exploring, you fancy a big warming coffee or hot chocolate, take a look at the cosy cafes and coffee shops we recommend visiting here.

Make sure to tag us in your photos, we'd love to see what you get up to! @VisitSwale

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