Stage 03: Gillingham to Sheppey Crossing — Saxon Shore Way
Dan Hobson planned a hike.
January 24, 2020
This stage explores the diverse habitats of the Medway Marshes, where stunning wildlife displays are never far away. You start outside St Mary Magdalene Church, which dates to the 13th century, and hike northeast to Gillingham Marshes, on the Medway. You take the footpath east past Cinque Port Marshes and Copperhouse Marshes and eventually reach Riverside Country Park.With a variety of habitats, including mudflats, salt marsh, ponds, reed-beds, grassland, and scrub, the county park is a great place for wildlife.The trail winds around Motney Hill and Otterham Creek and skirts inland to the village of Upchurch, where you find St Mary’s, a stunning Grade I-listed church that was founded in 1187.You continue along country lanes north to rejoin the Medway and then hike along some superb riverside to Lower Halstow.The trail follows the rough course of the Medway until Chetney Hill, heads inland to miss a huge meander, and rejoins the river to Sheppey Crossing.There is no accommodation at Sheppey Crossing. However, it is a ten-minute train ride from Swale Station (right at the crossing) to Sittingbourne, which has an excellent range of accommodation and places for food and drink.
February 3, 2020