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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

Top 5 Dog Friendly Places to Visit | Rye

During the summer months we like to head out of the city and explore. We absolutely love visiting Rye after a long walk along the beautiful Camber Sands. Rye is a gorgeous medieval town where you and your dog will have a lot to explore and it's only just over an hour on the train from London.

RYE MEDIEVAL TOWN

We really enjoy going to Rye and walking through the beautiful cobbled streets whilst discovering unique boutiques, antique shops, cafes and pubs. There is so much to see and visit; tea spots, restaurants and stores with most of them being dog friendly and worth stopping by.

Here's our favourite places to visit whilst in the medieval town for you and your dog.

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The George In Rye

This restaurant, bar and hotel is situated in the very heart of Rye vibrant’s High Street. Only a five minute walk from Rye station and about 15 minute drive from the sandy beaches of Camber Sands. The George has been our go to spot since we first discovered this little town a few years ago. The George has never disappointed us in terms of service and quality. The food is truly delicious from starter to dessert and in the summer you can enjoy sitting on their sun-trap terrace. Don’t let the almost ‘too chic’ atmosphere of this place confuse you as dogs are always very welcome. 

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The Gallivant

Now if you’re up for spending a full weekend in the area, there are some amazing hotels where you and your dog are welcome. One of those being The Gallivant where 5 of their 20 rooms are dog-friendly. Situated just across the road from an amazing sandy beach, this hotel is the perfect home away from home for you and your pup. The Gallivant has a calm and relaxing atmosphere and the food is also really good. It is a great combination of luxury and casual beachy chilled vibe. It’s a brilliant place for a little getaway weekend and made even better by bringing your dog along with you.

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The Standard Inn

The Standard Inn is one of the most loved and popular pubs in Rye. This is the perfect place to go after a winter seaside walk to enjoy a warm meal or afternoon drink with your pup by an open fire. You can enjoy some delicious seasonal cooking, using local produce.

We loved the weekend vibrant and lively atmosphere.The place is very dog friendly and there’s a good chance your four-legged family member will be greeted by several local pups upon arriving, including the inn’s resident border terrier.

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Hunter Jones

The two founders Michael and Michael left busy London and opened Hunter Jones in Rye in 2011. A dream come true, this lovely store offers the most beautiful curation of products. It started off with their love for vintage and antique pieces and turned into a store of their own, filled with carefully picked independent brands and beautiful lifestyle products. We love popping in for some weekend shopping while visiting Rye. And if you’re lucky enough, you and your dog might bump into Daisy, the gorgeous store pup.

 

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