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The Heron Trail

Explore Kent by bike

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 15.5 miles
Duration: Half day

With its literary connections - Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities here - rich maritime heritage and... more »


Start/Finish: Lower Higham, (ME3 7HD)

(Regional Route 18)
15.5 miles (25km), Circular Route on Hoo Peninsular using quiet lanes.

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Points of Interest

1. Explore Kent by bike

Upnor Castle, built in 1559, is set on the banks of the River Medway and was constructed as a gun fort on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I to defend her warships at anchor.

3. RSPB Northward Hill Reserve

The Heron Trail takes its name from the RSPB Northward Hill Reserve. As well as nightingales and turtledoves, the wood has the largest heronry in the UK, with more than 150 pairs of grey heron nesting in the treetops and almost 50 pairs of little egrets, a recent colonist.

4. Cooling Castle

Cooling Castle was built in 1381 and once stood close to the sea. Draining of the marshes has left it some distance inland.
(Pleas note Cooling Castle is now privately owned)

Cliffe Pools is a great place to go for fantastic views over the North Kent Marshes, walks in a beautiful setting or to enjoy the birdlife.

The site comprises a mixture of large salt water lagoons, fresh pools and grassland.

This environment attracts large numbers of birds, particularly waders and wildfowl. It is also a good place to see water... More