Boats, Bangs, Bricks and Beer
Start and end: Faversham station (ME13 8EB)
Faversham boasts the best-preserved medieval street in England, the country’s oldest brewery, helped win the Battle of Trafalgar and has a justifiable claim to be ‘the town that built Britain’.
Early settlers were the first to recognise its prime location and a settlement quickly grew up here at the head of a navigable creek, with quick and easy access to Europe in one direction and London in another. The soil around the creeks and rivers was rich and fertile, pure spring water was readily available from local aquifers, and the climate was dry and temperate. Both land and sea encouraged industries like boat building, brewing, brickmaking and even gunpowder manufacture!
This gentle walk, takes you on a journey of discovery from the grand Victorian station, through the medieval centre of town then out through its post-industrial edgelands to encounter the bleak beauty of the Kent marshes immortalised in Dickens' Great Expectations.