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The Peasants' Last Revolt- Faversham

Faversham Food Trails
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Walk through some of Kent’s most bountiful and beautiful
countryside and pass by the scene of the last armed uprising on English soil ... more »

Tips:  Distance: 5.25 miles
Toilets: Next to post office in Boughton
Refreshments: restaurants and pubs en route
Parking: The White Horse Inn... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Fine old buildings

The parish of Boughton has more listed buildings than any other in the Faversham area. You're walking on the old Roman road of Watlinge Street, which runs from Dover to London and was used by the Pilgrims made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer.

2. View across the valley

From here you can see your first views across the valley to Mount Ephraim standing high above the orchards below.

3. Oasts and orchards

On your right are farm buildings, a former oast house and more orchards -loaded in summer with apples, cherries and pears.

Home to the Dawes family since the 17th century. On your right is a fine view of the gardens, which cover 10 acres. A fountain stands in front of the cottages to your left. If you can, take time to explore the beautiful grounds at Mount Ephraim, or relax for a while at Woodrose Restaurant and Edwardian Tea Garden. For a small charge walkers are... More

5. Hernhill

Hernhill is clustered around a green with its handsome, spreading oak. On your right as your approach the green in St Michael's Church, with its magnificent carved wooden screen and churchyard memorial to the Courtenay Riots- the last armed uprising in England. The Battle of Bossenden Wood, just east of Boughton Hill, was led by Sir William... More

6. Lamberhurst Farm

Jane Bowyer and the team at her dairy in Dargate have been making cheese from local cows' milk at Lamberhurst Farm for nearly four years.

The nutty, creamy Ashmore cheeses are made using unpasteurised milk and vegetarian rennet. Hand-crafted in the traditional way, the cheeses are pressed in muslin using hand-turned cast iron clamps and then... More

On your left as you enter Dargate is the Dove Inn. Look out for the old pub sign carved above the door. If you are ready for a break, the Dove is a quaint Victorian country pub renowned for its excellent food and warm welcome.

8. The Blean

An ancient woodland, in places untouched by humans and the largest wood in Kent. Originally a Royal Forest and therefore, like the New Forest in Hampshire, intended as a place where the King could hunt.

Parts of it were granted over the years to private landowners, including the Abbey at Faversham, for agriculture. The soil, however, is... More

9. Holly Hill Tower

The tower was built in the 19th century for the then owners of Mount Ephraim to monitor their ships in the Thames estuary to the north

10. View of the countryside

To your right is a stunning view across the fertile countryside towards the Swale and the Isle of Sheppey beyond.

11. The Queen's Head

An alehouse since 1682, they offer good local food and a warm welcome for dogs.

Standing on the route Chaucer's pilgrims would have taken, this charming pub is actually mentioned in the Canterbury Tales. Follow the steps of the pilgrims and take advantage of this delightful inn to dine and rest after a fruitful walk.

The classic menu boasts steak and ale pie, seasonal fruit crumble, home-made specials and a Sunday carvery. ... More