A dog friendly walk from DogPeople
Victory Wood, Dargate, Kent (2.9 with variations easy)
- Map - Explorer 149 Sittingbourne and Faversham
- Distance - 2.9 miles with variations
- Stiles - None
- Date walked - 10 March 2012 and 7 March 2017
Murphy walks here sometimes and enjoys exploring the various path options. Originally walked by Tia this route is from the Woodland Trust car park in High Street (between Dargate and Yorkletts just off the A299) grid reference TR 0855 62600. There are information boards and a scoop bin adjacent to the car park.
This site commemorates the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar and consists of about 140 hectares of land. Of this only about 7.5 hectares is mature wood. Some of the remainder has already been planted with new trees but it will be many years before they are of significant size. The top of the ridge within the site provides excellent views over the north Kent coast, Isle of Sheppey, Thames Estuary and Essex (on a good day) to the north and Denstroude Lane and Blean Woods to the south. As you can imagine this space provides a variety of opportunities for walks of different lengths. Tia walked the following route:
We left the car park via a made up path. We followed this over the first rise the TURNED RIGHT onto a clear grass track marked by a line of posts. We followed the path towards the ridge, bearing left to go between the left hand two hills. Cross a bridge then GO AHEAD through a gate. BEAR RIGHT at a marker post to climb the ridge (if you were to go ahead here you'd reach Denstroude Lane by a white house). Follow the path to a viewing platform near the top of the ridge. This has a compass face set into it pointing towards points of interest (including several naval engagements that you couldn't see on the clearest of days with the best eyesight!).
TURN AWAY FROM THE SEA then RIGHT along the ridge passing the former Observer Corps post on your right hand side. Continue down to the wood (The Woodland Trust's section of mature wood) then bear right away from the stile going into the wood. Keep ahead past a foot path marker and 'multi user' path sign. Continue downhill keeping a fence of your left when you reach it. Go through a gate (see notice about dogs and livestock) then TURN LEFT over a bridge. Go through a pedestrian gate marked Woodland Trust just to the right of a farm gate. TURN RIGHT between fences then turn left downhill as the fences do too. Go through a gate at the bottom of the fenced area to regain the car park.
If you would like to receive by e mail a free GPX file (track converted from the trail we walked) produced by our Satmap Active 10 GPS please contact us quoting GPX Victory Wd. Please note this file is for personal use only and must not be further reproduced without our explicit permission. Those wishing to use the file commercially should make their intentions clear when contacting us. Please note we can not guarantee this file will work successfully on any other GPS, or data might not be corrupted in transfer, but we are confident, in most cases when it is loaded into a robust GPS, it will greatly assist navigation (not that you should need it for this route!).
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