It’s not often that you can step out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reminisce back to a time when walking was actually enjoyable as oppose to a slog just to get between TK Max and Next, and Grove Ferry as a location to walk is a nice way to relive those moments where you’re not treading leather just to spend your money to seek out a good seasonal deal.
Grove Ferry offers you a few options; the first option is to park in the car park by the pub/hotel and walk into the Grove Ferry park proper- this is a short but enjoyable walk that takes in the sights of the river Stour for a short time before looping you back to the car park. All in all a pleasant 15 to 20 minute walk, though with a picnic and ball you could extend your time.
However, on the other side of the bridge which is to the left of the Grove Ferry pub/hotel is an even better walk. In fact you have a choice of three here.
One of the walks will guide you to a bird watching outpost- which is slightly away from the river but still pretty and the other two walks take you alongside the River Stour in the direction of Canterbury, with one of the walks terminating in the nearby village of Upstreet. But better still, on the side that homes the Grove Ferry pub is a path that will allow you to march for many many unspoilt miles along the river, through vistas and lake views and into a small villages should you wish to stop for a rest.
This path, although well maintained, isn’t well walked so therefore you can stroll blissfully along the banks without bumping into more than a handful of people and the seeing the occasional boat on the mill pond like waters. Certainly worthy of a spring day out where dragonflies will lazily fly around you and swans and ducks won’t even regard you as you stop to peer at them. The area also has an interesting history which is documented along the route in considerate places; as oppose to bombarding you with information, so it is nice to round a bend and discover that a board of information about the local environment is up ahead to reward you for your walk. My advice would be to take a pack lunch and set off for a pleasingly long walk, and taking on board the diverse animal life and endless views across to Sandwich and Canterbury and you have the ingredients for a relaxing amble through the countryside of Kent. Grab it whilst you can, because no doubt these tranquil settings will be a tarmac expanse serving an ASDA before you know it.
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