Bus Walk – High Halstow to Hoo St Weburgh

An 8 and a half mile walk on the Hoo peninsular. Take the 191 Arriva bus from Chatham to High Halstow getting off the bus near The Red Dog Pub. The 191 Arriva bus also serves for the return journey from the Hoo Marina but a more frequent service is available outside the Co-op in Hoo St Werburgh

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The Red Dog Pub
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Facing the pub you will see Forge Lane to the right
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Go down Forge Lane to the Public Footpath
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Follow the footpath into the Norward Hill RSPB nature reserve.
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Follow the paths through the nature reserve in a northerly direction
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Until you come the Saxon Shore Way going west to east
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The path continues to the edge of the reserve
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Then through a gate in the corner of the field.
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Into open farmland.
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You will see the Thames Estuary on your left
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The path turns right onto a small lane
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And continues across a field
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Leave the Saxon Shore way and continue in a straight line. You can see St Mary’ Church Hoo in the distance
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The path skirts the north of the pond at Newland Farm
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There is a bench to enjoy the view
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Continue on towards St Mary’s Church
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The path changes to a lane by the Church, take a right turn past another pond
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Look out for the old fashioned petrol pump
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Take the path off to the left
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It was a bit overgrown when I walked the route
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especially at the end
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Crossing the road the path is clearer
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Come out onto Hopper’s Lane and follow it for about half a mile where you will see a signpost on the left of the road.
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Take the path on the right
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Just before you reach Orchard House take a path off to your right across the field
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The path continues along the side of a field
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Take extra care crossing the A228. Take the road into Stoke village, passing Court Lodge farm house and the White Horse Pub (which unfortunately was closed when I walked past.
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Just after the pub take a path to the right.
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The path was not clearly waymarked here
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Beyond the houses take a left turn
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The path widens out
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Take a right turn when you get to the lane
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Then a left
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You can just see the waymark on the telegraph pole
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Across another lane. The footpath has been rerouted to cut off a corner.
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Cross the railway line
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The road layout seems to have been altered but keep walking down Eschol Lane
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Go straight across the road onto the path. This was not clearly waymarked.
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then turn left at the post
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This path was overgrown but it goes between the two pylons
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Looking back in the opposite direction it is even less clear to see.
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The path widens out. You take a right turning at the juction
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At the end of the path take a left turn back onto the Saxon Shore Way.
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Turn right when you reach the river HighHalstowtoHoo 072
You can see some of the Medway defenses , Darnet Fort, Hoo Fort and World War 2 pillboxes
Darnet Fort
Hoo Fort
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Round the back of the factories
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Into the Hoo Marina Park
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There is a bus stop at the end of Vicarage Lane at the entrance to Hoo Marina Park, but there is a more frequent bus service from the centre of Hoo St Werburgh.

Downloads
High Halstow to Hoo – Google Earth File
High Halstow to Hoo – GPS Exchange Fiole

Bus Walk – Greensand Way – Pluckley To Sutton Valence

This walk follows a part of the Greensand way for 9 1/2 miles.

From Medway take the no 101 Arriva bus to Maidstone then the 10x Stagecoach bus to Hothfield. The 10x bus does a detour from the A20 to a bus stop at the north end of the village, you must walk to the centre of the village and board the 123 Stagecoach bus to Pluckley at the bus stop opposite the village school.

As the 123 bus is not very frequent there may be sufficient time to explore the village and look at Hothfield Church.

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The route can be found on the Ordnace Survey Map no 137 Ashford.



Get of the 10x Bus just north of the village of Hothfield and walk into the village of Hothfield, the bus stop for the 123 bus is opposite the school
Hothfield School
Built in 1874 by Sir Henry Tufton First Baron Hothdield
Hothfield School
Take the 123 Stagecoach bus and get of at Pluckley Crossroads. On the corner you will see a World War 2 Bunker.
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Walk down the hill towards Pluckley Church
Pluckley Church
Walk back past the school
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and the Black Horse Pub
Pluckley Black Horse Pub
Turn left at the Old Bakery.
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Just down the road you will see the Greensand Way waymark
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Follow the lane.
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Into an open field
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The path goes just to the left of the trees
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Just before the Hotel at Elvey Farm there was a field with friendly sheep
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The path goes straight across the field
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You can just see the gate
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The path has been diverted near Greenhill farm and the path was fairly muddy even in the height of summer.
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Keep to the right of the field
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The gate out of the field
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Take the road to the right, the waymarks are behind the trees.
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Follow the path towards Egerton Church
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Past the George Pub in Egerton
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The Greensand way goes through the Churchyard of St James Church
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Continue on the path to Egerton House
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Cross the road and climb the (broken) stilePluckley-SuttonValence 116
Keep towards the right of the field – the way out is a bit hidden
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Go diagonally across this field
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The exit is again difficult to spot.
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Across a bridge into the woods
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Take a right turn up the bridleway and left at the edge of the woods
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The path goes across the field up to Pope Hall Cottage
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The field may be overgrown but there are great views
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The gate is just next to a building but both are hidden by the vegetation
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The next section is badly overgrown too
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You come out at Boughton Malherbe Church
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Follow the lane, the path goes through a farmyard the turns left across a field
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The path goes through some woods.
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Across the road the path goes along the side of a house
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Across an orchard
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Across a lane and into the woods
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Cross the field
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Turn left into the lane follow the lane round to the left and climb over the style on the right. A few metres down the hill the path goes off to the right.
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The path crosses the field
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and down the slope
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The path is again overgrown
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All Saints Church Ulcombe
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The view over the weald
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And a seat to enjoy it
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A well kept section of the path
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East Sutton
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The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul East Sutton
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Former Church Sutton Valence
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The Bus stop is on the A 274 through the village of Sutton Valence.

Take the number 12 Arriva bus to Maidstone then the 101 Arriva bus back to Medway.

Download:
Pluckley To Sutton Valence GPS Exchange file
Pluckley To Sutton Valence Google Earth file