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
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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

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