5 - Walking
There are some great local walks, especially along the country footpaths along the Swale and up into the North Kent Downs.
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Kent Wildlife Trust – Cromers Wood. Walk takes approx 30 mins from the cottage to the woods (1.5 miles one way); take Bottles Lane (lane between the village pond and Fruiterers Arms, follow it past the Squash club, the footpath just before the Cricket club through the woods (lots of bluebells in spring) and out onto Bottles Lane, at the end turn right down Cheney Hill and the first left onto Bottom Pond Road. Follow the road for about 200m, the entrance to Cromers Woods is on your RHS. To come back you can follow the footpath north out of the woods towards Highsted Farm, up Stockers Hill and back to the Green,
A stroll to the Red Lion pub (serves excellent food) at Milstead. Approx. 2 miles/ 40 minutes to the pub. Opposite the cottage is a footpath that takes you into the heart of a Kentish apple orchard into Pitstock Farm. Turn right onto Penfield Lane, at the end you turn left onto Slough Road, then take the path south through Minching Wood and then west leading you out onto a lane. At the end turn left onto Rawling Street. The Red Lion is on you LHS. After refreshment you might like to head south into the pretty village of Milstead (about 10 min walk) to see the thatched cottages and quaint church.
It is approx 2.5 miles/50 min walk across footpaths to the Black Lion at Lynsted. Head left out of the cottage, past the shop onto the main village green (north). Take the footpath at the end of the green to Rodmersham Court Farm, walk into the main farm yard and out to Church Street. Take the footpath opposite to Scuttington Manor and then onto Ludgate Road, head north along the road at the end turn left and the pub is on your left.
The Saxon Shore way is approx 2.5 miles from the cottage. When you pick it up you can follow it to Conyer, note on the other side of the Swale is Elmley Marshes an RSPB Nature Reserve, so take your binoculars, stop off at The Ship Inn or Conyer yacht club. Allow approx 2 hours. Directions: head left out of the cottage, past the shop onto the main village green (north). Take the footpath at the end of the green to Rodmersham Court Farm, walk into the main farm yard and left onto Church Street. Go past the Church, follow road for about 1 mile, take the right turning onto Panteny Lane. On the A2 cross over and take Hempstead Lane. At the fork in the road take the left turning through Tonge, past the mill and the pond. Go under the railway bridge and follow Church Road, past the Church on the right. At the next fork take the left. As the road bends sharply to the left and you see Little Murston Nature Reserve in front of you (a lake) take the Saxon Shoreway footpath to the right, follow this past Little Murston (formerly Mo Mowlem’s home). The Saxon Shoreway will take you to Conyer and beyond. For the energetic it will take you to Faversham and Whitstable etc. You can always get the train back to Sittingbourne if you don’t fancy the return walk!
Kent’s 8 Best Food Trails (see below). Kents Best Food Trails
The Peasants’ Last Revolt (5.25 miles)
Cherry, apple, pear and plum orchards abound in this bountiful landscape, one of the best walks in Kent. The White Horse and Queens Head pubs in Boughton, the Woodrose café at Mount Ephraim, the Three Horseshoes at Staple Street, the Red Lion at Hernhill and the Dove at Dargate all serve good food, Kent ales and other fine drinks, and all offer a warm welcome to visitors. Lamberhurst Farm diary is famed for its original, hand-crafted cheeses