Swale National Nature Reserve

Swale National Nature Reserve, Isle of Sheppey: Address, Swale National Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Swale National Nature Reserve

Swale National Nature Reserve
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Simone
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Sssshhhh...don't tell anyone about it
Aug 2020 • Couples
Unbelievable that up the road is one of the grottiest seaside places we've seen and after a short drive this beautiful coastline reveals, full of birdlife, great skies, clean. And going back are estuarine marshes offering spacious nature walks, with birdlife and botanical delights to boot.
You can park at end of track. The naturist beach is not everyone's cup of tea, especially the cruisers. But the curlews, godwits, oystercatchers, plovers and all the other waders, and the shingle banks make up for it. No loos, no cafe. Just nature.
Written August 15, 2020
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997Scotty
Cheshunt, UK101 contributions
A remote and peaceful location
Aug 2020 • Solo
I have recently undertaken a number of superb walks around the Hoo Peninsula and the River Medway estuary. The Isle of Sheppey ( away from the mobile home and caravan sites ) has a lot of rewarding walks and nature to offer.
Remote seascapes, salt marsh, and an abundance of nature.
The Swale National Nature Reserve has the feel of a remote wilderness. The reserve is accessible with a number of footpaths, bridleways and nearby cycle routes. An OS Explorer Map 149, water, lunch, a good pair of binoculars and stout shoes should be taken on your visit.
There is a ‘Raptor’ view point near to the Harry Ferry Road.
The jewel in ‘the Crown’, however, is a visit to the Isle of Harty Church close to Sayes Court. Apparently, this is the most isolated Church in the County of Kent. The 900 year old Church commands spectacular views across East Swale and over to the North Kent coast.
I am sure that you will enjoy your visit to this remote landscape and will encourage you to enjoy further walks around the Hoo Peninsula and the Medway estuary.
Written August 14, 2020
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John G
Aviemore, Scotland, United Kingdom41 contributions
Great place for a walk out spoiled by state of road
Oct 2019
Great place for walk and a bit of birding. Seriously spoiled by the state of the road down to the carpark at the reserve. It will certainly test out your suspension and tyres
Written October 14, 2019
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megzy4chelsea
Isle of Sheppey, UK7 contributions
Beautiful Dog Walk
Aug 2018 • Couples
A lovely place to take the dog for a walk, not very sheltered in bad weather but you get to see some beautiful wildlife. Definitely one of my favourites to take my two dogs
Written August 28, 2018
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Val601
Kent, UK55 contributions
Perfect day for walking and birding under big skies
Feb 2018 • Friends
Visited 1st February and walked from the Ferry House Inn to Shellness beach. Saw many species of raptors including Marsh Harrier and also a barn owl in flight at sunset - magical!
Written February 2, 2018
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gl8246
Medway498 contributions
Take your time, enjoy the birds and the occasional stoat
Aug 2017
The reserve is on the banks of the Swale at the eastern end of the Isle of Sheppey, beyond the caravan parks and prisons.
There's a sandy footpath running between the car parks at Muswell and the hamlet of Shell Ness, but the road is little better. Both car parks, however, are free.
In winter the bird life teems with waders, ducks and geese as well as the occasional marsh harrier.
In summer little plovers nest along the track to the World War II observation post, while merlins and the hobby can occasionally be seen.
Throughout, egrets, herons and - during the winter months - the black brent geese can be sighted overhead or on the Swale.
At this time of year (August) mallards laze on the banks of the ditches that drain the marshes, or fly in flights of two or three against the fluffed clouds.
(no! It's definitely not a river though you could be forgiven for thinking this bit of the North Sea was a freshwater river).
There are several paths around the north side of the reserve, but getting to the observation hides is easier from the old sea wall that runs from Shell Ness to Harty. When you get there, you get good views of the geese, marsh harriers and black-furred rabbits that dominate the abandoned saltworks that are all over the marshes. The latter attract the hopping-and-spotting of the area's thriving stoat population who never tire of hunting their favourite meat.
The walk around the outside of the reserve is about seven miles, easy to rush but better to stroll.
Who knows, I might see you there next time.
Written August 10, 2017
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Kings and Queens London
London, UK725 contributions
Lovely peaceful walk
Jul 2017 • Couples
As one reviewer stated this was a lovely nature reserve.Most holidaymakers simply go to the Leysdown public beach but if you follow the coast road to the right you will come across beautiful isolated beaches, a nudist beach ( yuk....where we saw three naked old men, fat and nasty) , quickly passing that , you find lovely quiet clean beaches and this nature reserve with lots of wildlife.take drinks and a picnic and plot up for the day.you will also see a few beach huts and a tiny private hamlet of houses which have gorgeous views.it is a very peaceful place where you may see a handful of people walking dogs or taking a peaceful walk x
Written July 24, 2017
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Kenneth N
Pinner, UK119 contributions
secret gem
Oct 2016 • Solo
I'm probably making a mistake even reviewing this litle known place. It's probably the closest you can get to a wilderness experience in SE England. It's on the Isle of Sheppey and you reach it via one of the worst tracks you'll come across. Take it easy or you could easily damage your car.
It's a birdwatcher's paradise. I've only been a couple of times in the last two years but I've more or less had the birds to myself when I've been - and what huge numbers of birds. Flocks of golden plovers, hen harriers, merlins, marsh harriers, all sorts of shorebirds.
But it's the ambience as much as the birds - I just love the long views, the wind-swept marshes, the dykes and the reedbeds.
Dress up warm - it's very exposed.
And don't forget to look at Shellness, the spit of land that sticks out into the sea at the south-eastern corner of the nature reserve - it really is a lovely place to take a child shell-hunting. And binoculars are also recommended.
Written October 27, 2016
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