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111 The Street Boughton Faversham Kent ME13 9BH
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Tia walked this route. Start at The Queens Head - please park carefully if travelling by car as the pub's car park can be busy.
Cross the road and TURN RIGHT on the pavement (towards Dunkirk and Canterbury). Keep on the pavement as it climbs a little above the road and look for a public footpath sign on your right hand side (opposite Colonel's Lane) and TURN LEFT onto the path (along a drive between houses at first). KEEP AHEAD on the path between fences then AHEAD again (slightly left) at a paths junction. Follow the path down by a stream then up to a metalled lane.
TURN LEFT on the lane then, after 20 or 30 metres, TURN RIGHT onto a footpath running through the main gates to Mount Ephraim House and Gardens. Follow the drive up, KEEPING LEFT as it forks right towards the house, then downhill passing the gardens on your right hand side (RHS) and their car park on your left hand side (LHS) on a clear day you should get the first good views of the Swale and beyond and Hernhill Church - from here.
TURN LEFT when you reach a metalled lane TAKE CARE, this is a short section of lane but it is narrow and used by some traffic. Pass a pair of semi-detached houses on your RHS then TURN HARD RIGHT opposite a pair of white weather-boarded cottages to follow a metalled drive marked as a footpath (concrete marker) up to a wooden gate. Go ahead through the gate into an orchard, keeping ahead, more-or-less towards the church tower and just to the LHS of a row of electricity poles. On the far side of the orchard turn right a little to reach a metalled lane.
TURN LEFT along the lane, pass the church and green on your RHS then keep ahead past Kays Lane on your LHS. Keep ahead past the Old School, then, just by the last house on your RHS, and before the sports field, TURN RIGHT on a foot path marked by a green and white finger post. Follow the path between fences for the house and field then BEAR LEFT as the path emerges into a field. Keep close to a fence on your LHS, then pass through a series of metal kissing gates and down some steps to reach a metalled lane.
TURN RIGHT on the lane and follow it through a left hand bend the TURN RIGHT onto an even more minor metalled lane. Follow the lane uphill. Shortly after passing a mock Armada beacon on your RHS, and as the lane bends right KEEP AHEAD, over a low metal barrier / gate, onto a wide footpath going towards the woods (i.e. turn left off the lane). Follow the path uphill and bend left with it to continue your climb with a field on your LHS (great views on that side) and the woods on your RHS. The path bends right near the top of the hill once in the woods. Keep to the main path, the right hand option as several paths turn or fork off to the left. KEEP AHEAD over a low metal barrier / gate and then past Keepers Cottage on your RHS.
TURN RIGHT at a junction with a metalled lane (Dawes Road) more good views on your RHS. Follow the lane downhill, KEEP AHEAD over a cross roads (Thread Lane on the right and Stoney Road on the left). TURN RIGHT at T-junction TAKING A LITTLE MORE CARE as this lane can be a bit busier with traffic. TURN LEFT onto a metalled lane marked with a green and white finger post as a footpath (Bounds Lane),if you reach a pair of cottages on your RHS before turning you've gone too far. Follow the lane past a couple of houses and keep ahead to reach The Street in Boughton village. TURN RIGHT through the village and follow the pavement back to The Queen's Head on your LHS … time for drink, a coffee and a meal with your dog?