Photo credit: Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
Sittingbourne to Swale
Weds 17th July 10.15 am – 4.30pm
Walk 12 of T100 Welcome to the Kitchen Table
This walk leaves Sittingbourne Railway Station to pick up the Saxon Shore Way and leads in to the sea defence embankment beside Milton Creek.
We continue, passing an artificial lake with reed beds, a viewing platform and four metal sculptures indicating the industries that formerly existed nearby Paper Works, Concrete Works, Barge Works and Brick Works.
The embankment continues past the former Eastwood’s and Wood’s Wharves to Kemsley Down Station.
On arrival at Kemsley Down there will be time for a shared picnic and refreshments at the station café, before our chartered Steam Train, from the Sittingbourne and Kemlsey Light Railway returns walkers to Sittingbourne. Donations towards the steam train journey would be welcome on the day, but not obligatory.
There is an option to continue the led walk to Swale Station and return to Sittingbourne from there.
Creative Activity on the route
12.00 – 1.30 During the shared picnic at Kemsley Down.
Feel free to only join in for the creative activity if you don’t want to join the walk. Each day there’ll be a theme – come and find out what it is today!
- Meet: Sittingbourne Station, Sittingbourne ME10 3ED
- 10.15 am Registration
- 10.30 am Walk starts
- 12.00 pm Arrive at Kemsley Down
- 12.00 – 1.30 pm: Picnic lunch and sharing of stories and drawings; enjoy Kemsley Down
- 1.30 pm Return journey from Kemsley Down Station on the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway. The return journey to Sittingnourne takes 15 minutes.
- 4.30 pm Walk ends at Swale Station, Sittingbourne ME9 8SS
It is possible to return to Sittingbourne Station from Swale Station.
- Duration: 6 hours approx
- Distance: Sittingbourne Station to Kemsley Down Station – approx 2.5 miles; Sittingbourne Station to Swale Station – approx. 5.5 miles
- Grading: Easy.
- Terrain: On firm surface to Kemsley Down Station; rough/muddy surface thereafter.
- Walk leader: Joan Bullivant
All T100 walks are free to join but you must reserve your place on Eventbrite.
Nearest train station at the start: Sittingbourne Station, Sittingbourne ME10 3ED
Nearest train station at the end: If walking all the way to Swale, then Swale Station is the nearest station at the end. If only walking to Kemsley Down Station, you can return on the Light Railway at 2.00 p.m. and then walk to Sittingbourne Station.
Kemsley Down Station is accessible from the Saxon Shoreway, although the footpath might not be suitable for wheelchairs.
Sittingbourne Viaduct Station is exited by steps only and does not yet have disabled access.
Access Statement from Sittingbourne & Kemlsey Light Railway: http://www.sklr.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SKLR-Access-statement.pdf
Terrain: On firm surface to Kemsley Down Station; rough/muddy surface thereafter.
T100 walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and others mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven. If this walk doesn’t suit you, there is probably another one that will.
You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.
Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring
Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!
Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.
We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed, that’s absolutely fine, please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.
Download the flyer here: T100 2019 FLYER
Thurrock 100 would like to extend a huge thank you to its funders and delivery partners.