Saxon Shore backwards (linear)

Sat 9th Dec 2017

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATED 4/12 * Please bring a torch as it will ALMOST DEFINITELY be dark at the end * * Attractions en route will include three castles, two river estuaries, and one national nature reserve. Plus a great local pub at lunchtime, and those at the finish include one run by a well-known national chain. *
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
20ml.
Start Time
09.30
Route
Meet Strood station (0809 from Charing Cross or 0852 from St Pancras), finish Gravesend station

Follow the Saxon Shore Way 'in reverse' to Gravesend station , following the Medway before crossing the Hoo peninsula to the banks of the Thames

General Notes
Pub stop at Cooling just after half way
Finish

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Walk Report

Saxon Shore Backwards, Saturday 9th December 2017
18 walkers, 20 miles - leader Peter Aylmer
Three castles, two estuaries, and a national nature reserve. Except that the leader got it wrong in his briefing and there are in fact not three castles but two (one of which is the home of Jools Holland), though to make up for it there are two Thames-side forts near the end, which once guarded London against intruders down its river. This is a walk that's far better on the ground than it looks on the map - by no means just a plod round an estuary: first, the tidal foreshore of the Medway, then a slight rise by green lane to Northward Hill, not only a nature reserve but a glorious viewpoint for a magnificent Thames panorama from Southend to Tilbury and beyond. Lunch in a super local pub, the Horseshoe & Castle in Cooling, with a literary diversion after to the village churchyard, site of Dickens' superbly scary opening scene in Great Expectations where Magwitch grabs Pip by the collar. And to cap it all, a splendid winter's day, chilly but bright.
Photographs by Peter Aylmer; more by Bola Baruwa and Gavin Fuller on the group Facebook page

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