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Firstly, I was wondering if any of you would be interested in walking with Luddesdown walking group?

We are a small group that walk on the 1st Sunday of the month in the morning and the 4th Sunday in the month in the afternoon. Our walks range from 2 miles to 5 miles. We also have the odd day walk and usually include an interest somewhere and a pub lunch or bring your own picnic.

We do not rush from point A to B if we see a nice view or church we stop and look at it. Also try and identify birds and flowers.

You would be most welcome to come on a walk with us and see if it suits you. Give me a ring if you would like to come and I will tell you where the next walk will be.

Anne Waugh

Chairman Luddesdown walking group

01634 712012


  

In late June 2007, on the marshes several notices were seen asking for help at
Higham Bight Bay, which is just the Gravesend side of Cliffe fort.

So, the RSPB and Thames 21 had a working party to clean up litter and restore the bay to its former beauty on Saturday 7th July 2007.

People met at St. Helen's church cark park, Cliffe.  Mini buses supplied by Brett Aggregates transported them to the bay. All litter picking equipment was provided.


This is a lovely bay and has been covered in litter all the years I have been walking on the marshes (which is more than I care to remember!). The bay is an important site for wildlife.  [Anne Waugh]


drawing of St Mary's Church, Church Street, Lower Higham.

 

 

St Marys Church, Lower Higham, the starting point of the walk.

 

A Summer Walk by Anne Waugh


Start from the lovely old St Mary’s church, Church Street, Lower Higham. Head for the marshes leaving the church on your left.

Over a stile across a field to the railway line. TAKE CARE, go through two kissing gates. Over the concrete bridge and stile and head towards the River Thames on a well worn path to another stile. Keep straight ahead on a raised path with dykes either side.

Look and listen for the abundant bird life here on the Higham Marshes. At the end of the path go up the steep bank ahead onto the river wall. Turn left and just follow the bank round for sometime until you come across a wooden notice board. Turn left down the bank and head for a gate and stile alongside. Follow the track with a dyke on your right.

After sometime the track curves to the right to a stile and gate. After crossing the stile immediately turn left over the bridge. Straight across a field with a further stile to the railway line. Over two more stiles and bear slightly left to a bridge with a wooden chair made out of an old tree. Cross the bridge and turn left.

photograph of A special occasion when a steam train came across the Higham Marshes

Follow the track and then grassy track straight ahead to a pond on your right near the old Sun pub. Keep straight ahead to the T junction and your will see St Mary’s church on your left which was your starting point.

photograph of St Mary's Church, Church Street, Lower Higham.


The bird life on the walk is good at anytime of the year. Take a walk near sunset – it is very pleasant! If you are in any doubt about the route, follow the black arrows.

Happy walking!

Anne Waugh

photograph of Dillywood Lanephotograph of Dillywood Lane

As well as local walks in Higham Parish, why not look at Kent County Councils' own suggestions for exploring within the county. Go to....

www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent

also visit:-   http://kentishthames.wordpress.com/ 

     
Lower Higham and the railway line. Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey.
Lower Higham and the railway station.  (Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey.)

  

  

photograph of Taylors Lane

photograph of Taylors Lane
Taylors Lane

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