A Day Out

Celia called for me at eight this morning, and suitably booted (well, I was; Celia had left her boots in Sussex so wore sturdy trainers) we set out for a day in Kent, walking from Faversham to Whitstable along the coastal path.

Fingerpost

Fingerpost

Rather wonderfully, both towns were new to Celia. I used to walk a lot with the South Bank group of the Ramblers and Kent was a favoured destination.

Faversham Marketplace

Faversham Marketplace

Faversham is so lovely that we could quite easily have spent the whole day there. It starts with an attractive railway station and just gets better. The Tourist Information Centre must be the best stocked and most helpful in the northern hemisphere. The volunteer seemed particularly keen we should not miss the public toilets, but we did.
We must have walked at least half a mile of our ten mile projected walk when we stopped for coffee at the edge of the town by the creek. Delicious coffee which we drank in the garden beside the garden centre attached to the café.

Garden Centre

Garden Centre

They were also selling home made cakes. Well, it would have been churlish not to have a slice. Do try the marmalade cake if you are passing.

Coffee and Cake

Coffee and Cake

Leaving Town

Leaving Town

Just about everyone else we met in the morning had a dog, sometimes two dogs. Most of the dogs had tennis balls. All had wagging tails.

Happy Dog

Happy Dog

Birds we could not identify flew in front of us, bobbing and swooping. A retriever bounded through the water. Yellow butterflies unfolded their wings beside us.
The colours were stunning. If an artist painted the water with the hues we saw today, I would think it artistic licence.
We drank cider in the pub at Seasalter and ate sandwiches on the beach beside a sand castle someone else had made.

Seawall and Beyond

Seawall and Beyond

Swale

Swale

Garden Boats at Seasalter

Garden Boats at Seasalter

Restful

Restful

The mood of the walk changed in the afternoon; we walked by caravans and holiday homes; beach huts and houses with eloquent views over the water. Families and more dogs and people enjoying being on the water replaced the quiet and the birds.

Buckets and Spades

Buckets and Spades

Beach and Sails

Beach and Sails

Windbreaked

Windbreaked

Blue House

Blue House

Beach Huts Before Whitstable

Beach Huts Before Whitstable

At Whitstable, we loitered. Celia thought she might have an ice-cream. I thought I might have a beer. In the event, we had neither. Nor any oysters. We watched the RNLI boat being brought ashore with a tractor; read the panels about the history of the town; enjoyed the relaxed and contented atmosphere.

Fisherman

Fisherman

Whitstable Dinghys

Whitstable Dinghys

RNLI Boat and Tractor

RNLI Boat and Tractor

Whitstable Oysters

Whitstable Oysters

Whitstable Harbour

Whitstable Harbour

And then we came home.

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17 thoughts on “A Day Out

  1. Beautiful photographs, Isobel. I felt as if I were on the walk with you – however I don’t feel like I burned many calories. Must be I ate too much cake. 🙂

    • Maybe if a pub had suggested itself to us, or there had been a nice cream place that drew us in. It would have been different. But we were just enjoying Whitstable. It is an unselfconsciously nice town, with ordinary people enjoying themselves. Lots of people watched the RNLI come in. It must have been an exercise. There was the sense of quiet local pride.

    • I suspect your ears were burning. I thought we should take you there and leave you for a while near Seasalter with your water paints and pad. The pub has exhibitions by local artists, you could enquire about how to be included.
      Bring your boots next time. Not long before I am in Greece, but too far from you I suspect.

    • It was delicious. A lovely start to our day out. It is not the most varied or exciting walk, but yesterday was perfect for it. There is no shelter, so if it so hot you fry, if it rains you get drenched, and if it is windy you get blown along.
      I love the wide open spaces and the feeling of remoteness on the first half of the walk, even though you are not far from either town.

  2. I know that yellow fisherman! Had a wonderful dinner at the Crab & Winkle restaurant. I didn’t realise there was a walk. I must get Nick booted. Did you get to go round the brewery? A lovely post about one of our favourite areas!

    • Maybe the brewery next time. 🙂
      There is the Saxon Shore Way, around 140 miles long. I did about half of it on stages with ten Ramblers a few years back, then Mother was I’ll and I dropped out.
      There is a book but it is out of print. My local library used to have a copy but no more. I thought I might get a secondhand copy, but I looked on AbeBooks and it costs nearly £30!
      This stretch, from Faversham to Whitstable is very easy. It is flat and nigh n impossible to go wrong.
      Enjoy!

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