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Dog Friendly Walks : Boughton under Blean circular via Winterbourne, Forester's Lodge, Clay Pits Wood. 4 easy

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The Street Boughton Under Blean Faversham Kent ME13 9AX

  • Map - Explorer 149 (Sittingbourne & Faversham)
  • Distance - 4 miles
  • Stiles - none
  • Date walked - 1.12.08

This walk starts at The Queen's Head on The Street. Patrons are welcome to park on the pub's car park but this can be busy at weekends. Alternative on street parking is available nearby with care. From The Queen's Head turn left along The Street (towards Faversham). Keep to the left hand pavement until, just opposite The White Horse, TURN LEFT on a footpath marked by a green and white finger post just beyond a half timbered house. Follow the path downhill, then across a footbridge over the A2 road. Keep to the tarmac path past a row of houses to reach a metalled lane.

TURN LEFT on the lane and follow it a considerable distance don't bear left after a hundred yards or so into a no through road. Keep ahead on the lane past a tree line, two footpath markers and a communications mast on your right hand side (RHS). Almost as soon as a house comes into view ahead at the end of the lane note a footpath marker pointing left and another to the right. TURN RIGHT and follow the path uphill through trees. Make sure you have your dog under CLOSE CONTROL as you reach a house on your left hand side (LHS) as there is a busy lane ahead.

TURN LEFT on the lane and follow it a considerable distance don't bear left after a hundred yards or so into a no through road. Keep ahead on the lane past a tree line, two footpath markers and a communications mast on your right hand side (RHS). Almost as soon as a house comes into view ahead at the end of the lane note a footpath marker pointing left and another to the right. TURN RIGHT and follow the path uphill through trees. Make sure you have your dog under CLOSE CONTROL as you reach a house on your left hand side (LHS) as there is a busy lane ahead.

TURN LEFT on the lane and follow it a considerable distance don't bear left after a hundred yards or so into a no through road. Keep ahead on the lane past a tree line, two footpath markers and a communications mast on your right hand side (RHS). Almost as soon as a house comes into view ahead at the end of the lane note a footpath marker pointing left and another to the right. TURN RIGHT and follow the path uphill through trees. Make sure you have your dog under CLOSE CONTROL as you reach a house on your left hand side (LHS) as there is a busy lane ahead.

TURN LEFT on the lane and follow it a considerable distance don't bear left after a hundred yards or so into a no through road. Keep ahead on the lane past a tree line, two footpath markers and a communications mast on your right hand side (RHS). Almost as soon as a house comes into view ahead at the end of the lane note a footpath marker pointing left and another to the right. TURN RIGHT and follow the path uphill through trees. Make sure you have your dog under CLOSE CONTROL as you reach a house on your left hand side (LHS) as there is a busy lane ahead.

TURN RIGHT when you reach the metalled lane, TAKE CARE and keep to the RHS of the lane, using the grass verge when possible, this lane is narrow but well used by traffic. Pass Raspberry Vale and a thatched cottage on your RHS, then a footpath and green salt bin on the LHS of the road, then CROSS THE ROAD and TURN LEFT into a smaller metalled lane. Follow the lane uphill until you reach a T-junction with Dunkirk Road South GO AHEAD to join a footpath via a metal kissing gate.

Please KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEAD up the orchard after the gate as there were a number of friendly pigs loose when we walked. Keep to the left of a row of conifer trees more-or-less ahead from the gate. At the top of the orchard bear right keeping the fence on your LHS. TURN LEFT to go through a metal kissing gate, then ahead through the wood. The path is indistinct so follow yellow tape markers attached to trees. The path emerges from the wood to run along a field, with a fence on your LHS, keep ahead, uphill, with the fence always on your LHS (views over to the left are over the Swale, Shellness and the Isle of Sheppey, and the Seasalter marshes on a good day you should see the Thames Estuary and Essex). Go ahead through a metal kissing gate then TURN LEFT along a wide track (this area is often muddy).

Follow the track to a six bar metal gate and kissing gate, the views widen to your left through the tree line. Go through the kissing gate and TURN SHARP RIGHT, as indicated by an arrow marker, to reach a field via a ribbon of trees (do not continue ahead on the track). CROSS THE FIELD, aiming just right of farm buildings opposite (the path is normally well defined). Keep to the right of a post and rail fence when you reach it, then ahead on a metalled lane just beyond the buildings.

At the end of the lane TURN LEFT on the main road and cross a bridge back over the A2. Keep to the LHS and use the grass verge and pavement when you can. Bend left with the road towards Dunkirk. CROSS THE ROAD just after the junction with Courtenay Road (on the RHS) and keep ahead. Pass the old school on your RHS, the disused church on your LHS and then, immediately after Courtenay House, TURN RIGHT onto a bridleway marked with a green and white finger post.

Go ahead through a wooden five bar gate, then keep ahead on a wide track (don't turn right towards a garage or left through another gate). Follow the track through the woods with the modern communication mast a short way off on your RHS. Keep ahead where the track is better made - past a mobile 'phone mast on your RHS. The WW2 radar station remains are soon on your RHS. Go ahead over a low metal gate to reach a metalled lane.

TURN LEFT downhill on the lane (it will be worth crossing the lane to see the views first). As you descend the lane the views cover a wider area inland. 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 The Queens Head… time for drink, a coffee and a meal with your dog?

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