Swale Ale Walk No 5
Trams, Ships and Tees
A linear walk to Conyer and Tonge
This walk can be either long or short, visiting one or two different pubs depending on the distance you wish to cover. Most of this walk follows cycle and bridle paths.
Walk One - 1 hour
Walk Two - 2 additional hours
Walk One - To Conyer
This walk starts at Teynham train station with the footpath leaving from the Sittingbourne end of the London bound platform. You can either exit the station, and follow Lower Road to the start point at the railway crossing, or walk along the platform itself until you reach the path. Note: It is not possible to access this walk from the Faversham bound platform and walkers should use the footbridge and follow instructions.
Use the pedestrian crossing following the signposted safety instructions and follow the path (the old tram route) through the small wooded area, until you reach a small football pitch.
Continue along the gravel path until it widens out and meets a small farm track. Continue straight on past fields of horses and sheep until you emerge on Conyer Road.
At this point you can make a decision to continue your walk on for a further 2 1/4 miles to The Oast Golf Centre Bar or turn right and then first left to follow the road down to The Ship Inn. If you are completing walk two you should continue to Tonge and visit the Ship Inn on your return.
The Ship Inn has recently been refurbished with a bright and airy feel. The U shaped bar area, comprises of a mixture of eating and drinking tables. This pub serves excellent food both in the bar area and in a smaller restaurant area with views over Conyer Creek.
The pub regularly serves Sheppard Neame Master Brew [3.7] and Adnams Best [4.1%] as well as two changing guest beers, which on my visits included Old Dairy Red Top [3.8%] and St Austalls Tribute [4.2%]. This pub has an outdoor seating area to the front with views over the Swale Marina.
Walk Two - The Oast Golf Centre at Tonge
When you reach Conyer Road turn left and follow the tarmac for around 5 minutes until you see the cycle path turn off to your left. Follow the cycle path behind Swale Marina until you reach a metal gate. Go through the gate and follow the path alongside the creek for a further 10 minutes until you reach a bridge.
Cross the bridge and take the left hand path towards the farm. Note that the right hand path follows the Saxon Shore Way to Sittingbourne.
This bridleway traverses fields of loud sheep! Continue until you reach a left hand turning that follows around the outside of the farm. Along this path you will notice that you have a clear view of the Swale and Sheppey beyond.
At the end of this path take a sharp left turn onto Blacketts Road towards Sittingbourne. Follow this for around 20 minutes down a steep hill until you reach a T junction. Take the left hand turning downhill for a further 15 minutes until you reach the right hand road leading up to the golf club.
This public golf centre is housed in a converted oast house and has single bar (with golf shop in the corner). The centre opens at 8.30 each morning and closes at 22:00 each night. Inexpensive bar snacks and light meals are served between 10:00 and 15:00 each day. The bar serves two real ales normally comprising Harveys Sussex Best [4.0%] and Fuller's London Pride [4.1%].
The countryside is a living place and for this reason many of the paths, fences and natural features in this guide may be subject to change. All details are to my knowledge correct at publication and follow signposted public rights of way. I cannot of course be held responsible for any diversion orders, inaccuracies in the text or maps which may result from changes to the landscape or any damage which may be caused by walkers trespassing on private property.