A dog friendly walk from DogPeople
Boughton under Blean circular via Oversland and Joan Beech Wood. 7 moderate
The Street Boughton Under Blean Faversham Kent ME13 9AX
- Map - Explorer 149 (Sittingbourne & Faversham)
- Distance - 7 miles
- Stiles - None
- Date walked - 14.12.08
This walk starts at The Queen's Head on The Street. Patrons of this dog friendly pub 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. 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 until you reach a tree line, two footpath markers and a communications mast on your right hand side (RHS).
TURN RIGHT, around a six bar metal gate, on to the left hand of the two footpaths (this is about a 90 degree turn, to the left of the mast, the other is a sharper right hand turn across a field). Keep to the right hand side (RHS) of the field with the tree line on your RHS. Go ahead through a wooden gate onto a golf course (note caution sign for walkers, keep your dogs under close control, especially if they like golf balls!). Keep ahead across the fairway, then through a gap in the trees on the opposite side. Keep ahead as indicated by an arrow marker, then keep close to a tree line on your RHS. Near the top of the hill bear a little left, away from the trees, as indicated by a yellow arrow marker, then keep to the RHS of the fairway, then to the right of number 5 tee to reach a gate behind it (i.e. diagonally to your left as you started to leave the tree line).
Go AHEAD through the wooden kissing gate, with a yellow arrow marker, into a field (leaving the golf course). Keep to the left hand side (LHS) of the field close to a tree line. At the top left hand corner of the field join a footpath enclosed by fences, passing a tennis court on your LHS, to reach a metalled lane. TURN RIGHT on the lane and follow it through South Street to reach a T-junction.
TURN RIGHT on the slightly larger lane then, after 80 yards or so, LEFT onto a track marked as a footpath by a green and white finger post (just beyond an old fashioned red 'phone box). After another 100 yards or so TURN LEFT at a cross tracks (there's a house a short way to the right at the junction). Follow the clear track with fields on your LHS and orchard on the RHS at first. Pass around a six bar metal gate just before houses and a metalled lane.
TURN RIGHT along lane (Oversland) and follow it past houses. TURN LEFT onto a footpath as indicated by a green and white finger post attached to the supports of a height sign for a railway bridge (if you reach the bridge you've gone too far). Follow the path to the RHS of a row of trees almost as soon as you leave the lane. Keep the trees on your LHS, then, when they end, keep ahead across the orchard, slightly uphill. You soon reach another tree line, keep that on your LHS to the top of the orchard near houses. KEEP AHEAD on an enclosed footpath in the top left hand corner of the orchard.
Go ahead through wooden gate to reach a metalled lane. TURN LEFT on the lane then IMMEDIATELY RIGHT on to a wide track / drive marked as a public footpath by a green and white finger post. Go ahead through a metal kissing gate (by a metal farm gate). KEEP LEFT at a fork in the tracks, then ahead through a six bar metal gate (with yellow arrow markers on both posts). NOTE a wooden finger marker post on your LHS a short way further on. When we walked the right hand 'finger' was missing, it would have marked the way, so look for a path forking right off the track (as indicated by a yellow arrow marker on the post). TURN RIGHT onto the path and follow it through woods, then by a broken stile and across a small field to reach an orchard. KEEP AHEAD along the LHS side of the orchard (with woods on your LHS).
TURN RIGHT on a track towards farm buildings as indicated by a yellow arrow marker on a post. Go ahead on the track between buildings to reach a metalled lane (Upper Ensign House at grid reference TR 0669 5596). TURN LEFT along the lane, TAKE CARE as this section of lane is used by some traffic.
TURN LEFT at the first lane junction and follow the quieter lane until you reach Lower Ensden Farm (the first buildings). TURN LEFT, between the white and black farm building and the farm house, onto a bridleway as indicated by a green and white finger post. Follow a clear track past converted Oast Houses on your RHS and an old quarry on your LHS, then across a field and over a railway bridge (Selling Tunnel to the LHS).
As the track bends right (towards a private woods sign) KEEP AHEAD on an indistinct (at first) path towards the woods (i.e. turn off the track). After a short distance, as you enter the woods, the way becomes clearer. Keep to the main path, generally up hill, following a number of blue arrow markers to reach a metal gate with a blue arrow marker.
Go ahead through the gate and TURN IMMEDIATELY RIGHT, keeping to the RHS side of the field. The route of the bridleway is unclear at this point but following the field edge connects to another footpath. In the corner of the field TURN LEFT to follow the field edge, now with a fence and tree line on your RHS (note a stile leading into the wood as you turn in the corner of the field). Go through a metal kissing gate to reach a broad but muddy track.
TURN RIGHT on the track, then AHEAD through a metal kissing gate besides a seven bar metal farm gate. Keep ahead on the track (don't bear right to a field through the tree line). After another 100 yards or so TURN LEFT into a field (great views ahead). Follow the LHS of the field down to trees, and then keep ahead through the trees in the bottom left hand corner of the field. Keep ahead with a post and rail fence on your RHS and a stream valley on your LHS, and then follow a track towards house. Pass around a double metal gate to reach a metalled lane.
TURN RIGHT on the lane past Iron Hill Cottages. Follow the lane to its end, then keep ahead up steps, through an underpass of the A2, then down the steps on the opposite road to reach another metalled lane (and houses). KEEP AHEAD to a road junction, then AHEAD again into a no through road (Woodside). Keep ahead using the pavement on the LHS until it ends, then ahead again into the top of the road.
TURN LEFT onto a foot path marked by a green and white finger post (by a lamp post). Follow the path a short way, then up steps to reach the main road (old A2). TURN LEFT towards the village and follow the pavement on the RHS of the road (having crossed it WITH CARE). KEEP AHEAD over Staplestreet Road. Keep ahead past the 30mph sign and garage on your LHS before reaching The Queen's Head on your left hand side, time for a drink and something to eat with your dog.
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