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Fetch & Follow Walks | The Pluckley Circular Walk

With the Bank Holiday weekend just around the corner we thought it was time to share another of our favourite walks, The Pluckley Circular Walk. Perfect for a relaxing countryside stroll.

The circular walk from Pluckley station will take you on a tour through the beautiful and rural Kent countryside. There’s a remote, away-from-it-all feeling to this gentle and quintessentially English walk. Passing small farms, oast houses, timber-framed houses, lush pastures, apple orchards and ancient oaks and in the summer months there is an abundance of wild flowers and gardens in full bloom.

Plus the walk also benefits from some great country pubs including The Black Horse, which is apparently the most haunted pub in Kent.

Walk | 11km (6.8 miles) | Easy and Flat | There are parts of the walk which can be overgrown and part of the route is across a country road where dogs will need to be kept on the lead

Getting there | Pluckley station is just over an over on the train from Charing Cross and trains run around 2 an hour

RoadIf you are driving, there is a car park at Pluckley Station that costs £2 per day on weekdays but is free on the weekends

Places to eat | The Black Horse pub has a beautiful walled garden and is dog friendly.

Directions From the station walk down the access drive to the Dering Arms. Bear right in front of the pub down a tarmac lane and continue into a field. Cross the field to a stile in the left-hand corner and continue straight ahead across a pasture to reach a lane. Bear right along the lane and continue towards Dowle Street Farm. After just over 250 metres turn left onto a signed footpath towards Gore Court. The path goes to the right of the property to join a track which leads to a lane. Bear left along this lane. After approximately 300 metres you pass a large cottage on your left. In the right hand hedge you will find a footpath sign and wooden gate with an adjacent stile. Take this path with the field boundary on your immediate right to pass Malmains on your left. Cross stile into an orchard following the right of way which soon becomes a track to reach Shearland Farm.

Before reaching the farm, turn left onto the Greensand Way and continue through orchards and across a recreational ground to reach a road in Pluckley. Turn left down Smarden Road towards Pluckley Thorne. You are now on the Greensand Way Spur. Continue along the road for just under 700 metres and locate a footpath on the left by a garage. The path leads through several fields to reach Lambden Road (there maybe sheep in an adjoining field so your dog may have to be kept on the lead). Turn left and then right over a stile by a metal gate and into a field. Head south aiming for the left-hand corner of this field from where the path continues in a southerly direction to join Station Road (the last part of this walk can be slightly overgrown during the summer months). Turn right and walk back to the station.

Additional information on the walk can be found below

Fetch & Follow Walks | Faversham to Whitstable

Here at Fetch and Follow our daily dog walks are an integral part of day come rain or shine. Having a dog opens a world of new adventures every time you head out the door together.  

With this in mind we are excited to announce our new dog walk feature, where we will be exploring new areas both in and out of London which are perfect for either an afternoon stroll or a full day of exploring. Inspired by a recent trip we took down to Kent, our first walk of the month is along the Saxon Shore Way from Faversham to Whitstable.

The flat north Kent coastline is a beautiful untouched picturesque location, packed with local wildlife and history. This walk will take you through the historic, picture postcard town of Faversham and along the coastline to the quaint coastal town of Whitstable, where you will be able to sample the towns famous oysters and seafood.

Walk | 9 miles | Easy and Flat | There are parts of the walk which can be muddy and wet in places

Getting there | Rail to Faversham | From London trains run to Faversham from either St Pancras or London Victoria, both taking just slightly over an hour. Check out the Southeasten website for special offers on tickets

Road | From London to Faversham takes roughly just over an hour to drive. There is a long stay car park in the centre of the town and trains regularly run from Whitstable back to Faversham

Places to eat | When you reach Whitstable there are lots of dog friendly places to try | Check out our Local Guide Here

Places to stay | If you would like to stay in Whitstable for the weekend we can highly recommend the beautiful Tides Cottage which is located opposite the beach. 

Directions | Exit Faversham station from the north side of station, walk down Preston Street. Left along Market Street, right down Market Place and Court Street (on a Saturday there is a local farmers market in the town square perfect for grabbing a coffee and a snack). Turn left by the Anchor Inn and then right along the quay. Follow the Saxon Shore Way/SSW for 1¾ miles. Just past Nagden cottages, the Saxon Shore Way turns left which will take you the longer of the two routes, be warned that this part of the walk is not very well maintained (grasses and plants can be overgrown covering the path) however you do get to enjoy the beautiful views as you follow the coastline along. The easier option is to keep ahead rather then turning left (“public footpath”, yellow arrow/YA). In 600m, turn right under the power lines on the field path across Nagden Marshes. In 450m turn left and then in 500m turn right along the sea wall to the Sportsman pub. Continue along shore path for 5¼ miles past Seasalter to Whitstable Harbour.

Whitstable train station is located on Cromwell road which is left at the top of the high-street. Trains run back to London (St Pancras or Victoria) regularly.

 

Additional information on the walk can be found below

https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/faversham-to-whitstable/

http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/faversham-to-whitstable-walking-route

 

Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | Whitstable

Later this month we're packing our bags for an adventure out of the city; heading for a coastal walk from the historic town of Faversham to the seaside town of Whitstable. Whether you are familiar with Whitstable or a first-time visitor, we thought this months Top 5 dog friendly places to visit should centre around this charming town. 

West Beach & The Old Neptune

Whitstable's West Beach is a beautiful stretch of shingle beach divided up by wooden groynes. It runs from just south of the town's harbour to neighbouring Seasalter, is a distance of around a mile and is dog-friendly all year round. You will also find the charming Old Neptune pub; which is located directly on the seafront making it an idyllic spot to spend an hour or two on a sunny afternoon with your four-legged friend. They have a great selection of local ales, as well as standard pub grub and host live music events regularly.

Whitstable CT5 1EJ 

Blueprint
Coffee & Books
Established in 2010, Blueprint offer a range of ethically sourced coffee, working closely with the highest quality roasteries to deliver the finest coffee possible from plantation to cup and makes for the perfect post dog walk stop.

4 Oxford St, Whitstable CT5 1DD

Tea & Times
A personal favourite of ours Tea and Times is a locally and family run cafe in the heart of Whitstable. Famous for their freshly made delicious chunky sandwiches and home made cakes, its the perfect place to stop to pick up some picnic essentials on the way to the beach.

36A High St, Whitstable CT5 1BQ

Harbour Street

We love Harbour Street for its pretty little independent shop fronts, restaurants and boutiques including Flory & Black, Ruskin Clothing, Honey Kanes and Frank. This character-filled street has barely changed for over a hundred years, which helps add to its charm. Some places will let you in with your dog, others won't so bear that in mind when wandering around.

The Lobster Shack

The Lobster Shack is a beach bar serving a selection of hot and cold seafood, with daily specials, amazing local beers and local wine. With amazing beach views and lots of outdoor seating The Lobster Shack is the perfect summer destination to finish of your dog friendly day trip to Whitstable before heading home.

THE EAST QUAY, Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable CT5 1AB