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First Fruit- Faversham

Faversham Food Trails
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Discover the home of English cherries on this unique trail
through the fruit bowl of Britain and the heart of Kent.

From manicured... more »

Tips:  Distance: 5.5 miles (3 hours)Lynsted Loop(4 miles) Conyer Loop (2 miles).
Start/End point: This is a circular walk, you are welcome to... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Conyer Loop

Look out for wrecks of wooden boats that once transported bricks to London.

You will also see Fowley Island and hear its many wetland birds.

2. The Old Brickworks

You will find paths to the remains of the industrial past of this area, including old kilns. The brickyards of Teynham, Faversham and Conyer are famous for the bricks they supplied for Victorian London's building boom.

It was the brick earth and clay which made the area both fertile for growing top fruit, and for producing the distinctive yellow... More

3. Peete House

In front of the house, note the crystal clear dyke where watercress grows in season.

4. Nichol Farm

The farm provides apples, pears and juice to retailers, including Waitrose and John Lewis. The farm, with its historic royal connections, welcomes visitors, but be sure to phone first. Look out for free-range pigs eating windfall apples and homes selling produce along the way.

5. Fruit Foraging

The hedge along this Roman road is a great place to hunt for cherry plums and blackberries. As you turn right at the junction with Lewson Street, note the miniature railway in the garden of the house to your left.

The Plough Inn has all the traditional trappings of a homely country pub, from fantastic local food and drink to cosy corners and open fires in winter.

While the original building began life as a cow byre in 1260, customers have been enjoying locally-brewed Shepherd Neame beer in the bar and its grand garden since 1755.

The Inn's mouthwatering... More

7. Park Farm Community Cherry Orchard

Wild cherries have been a part of our diets since pre-historic times, yet it was the Romans who introduced the first cultivated kinds.

By the 16th century these old varieties had fallen out of favour with the public. Henry VIII is credited with starting the Renaissance of English cherries; in 1533 he introduced three new varieties of sweet... More