Week 2 roundup – Sittingbourne to Ramsgate

Week 2, Wednesday 10th to Tuesday 16th October

Lower Halstow to Sheerness to Sittingbourne ~12 miles*
Sittingborne to Faversham 12.33 miles
Faversham to Whitstable 10.15 miles
Whitstable to Westgate-on-Sea 15.17 miles
Westgate-on-Sea to Ramsgate 11.48 miles

Total miles ~62


  • The interesting second hand shops at Faversham Wharf. Just as well I couldn’t buy anything or I’d have been rifling though all the tools and, I dare say, buying some unidentified something or other.
  • Meeting a social media follower along the route from Faversham and walking part of the way with her and her dog. Lovely to meet you and thanks for the energy bars 😊
  • The excellent tour of Whitstable lifeboat station from volunteer crew member, Alex. So informative and fascinating hearing about the Talus MB4H tractor-type vehicle, AKA “the Bendy” and the technicalities of their D Class RIB lifeboat. Being allowed to step aboard was a treat too 😎
  • Followers on Facebook letting me know how I can order items online without an address. It seems that it’s often possible to have items delivered to many local post offices or Amazon lockers, which is very handy.
  • Being able to get the maps and powerbank I needed in Sittingbourne. Seems no big deal but I was a little concerned about how straightforward it was going to be to source things I need.
  • The kindness of strangers. Huge thanks to all those who have given me a bed for the night and ensured I was safe and fed.
Iwade, on the way to Sheerness


Painted beach hut, Westgate to Margate


Painted beach hut, Westgate to Margate


Painted beach hut, Westgate to Margate


Painted beach huts, Westgate to Margate


Even Tankerton Bay sailing club painted their door


Castle Coote bird sanctuary


Oare Marshes


West Bay, Westgate-on-Sea


Getting close to Whitstable


The “Bendy” at Whitstable RNLI station


Whitstable RNLI station’s D-class lifeboat


Whitstable RNLI station’s WW2 German binoculars


Lows (or little niggles)

  • The price difference between buying the maps online and buying them from the shop. About £8 difference for 3!
  • Getting a cold. It was bound to happen at some stage, but on a plus at least it was mild, didn’t last long and didn’t impact on my walking (apart from the many nose-blowing stops 😬😄)
  • *Somehow losing my data for the Lower Halstow to Sittingbourne via Sheerness walk. Maybe Garmin thought is was so grim is refused to save it 😉  My mind drifting whilst following the footpath through the wasteland and thinking of all the crime dramas I’ve watched. It’s really not helpful for to be reminded that it’s just the sort of place that bodies are discovered! Used the walking poles to great effect to increase my speed and get out of there 😄
  • The wind! I was buffeted all the way from Sittingbourne to Faversham. I know when the weather annoys me because I start to laugh at it, and I found myself chuckling a fair few times that day.
  • The burned out tractor and the huge amount of graffiti on the promenade in Margate. Then missing the Shell Grotto, the one place I wanted to see there.






Week 1 round-up – Westminster to Sittingbourne

Total mileage ~ 52


  • The Premier Inn bed. Shame I couldn’t take it with me.
  • Staying with Kent Search and Rescue member, Chris, and his partner Janet. So kind of them to let me stay for 2 nights. Despite being independent and happy in my own company, I’m starting to really appreciate the support of others on this trip.
  • The Saxon Shore Way from Cliffe to Upper Upnor. Oh how I love well maintained and clearly signposted footpaths. Makes life so much easier.
  • I like travelling by train as it triggers memories of great days out with my Mum as a child, and the high speed train from London to Gravesend was a bit of a treat. So smooth…and fast. And call me mad but I like the London tubes too.
  • The helpful barman in The Three Tuns PH in Lower Halstow who tried getting me a taxi to Sittingbourne with great difficulty. He put my mind at ease by offering to drive me himself at the end of his shift so I wouldn’t get stranded there. Sometimes you just need someone to say don’t worry I’ll make sure you’re OK and this was one of those times.
  • Having a day off in Sittingbourne and managing to get everything I wanted; the next 3 maps and a powerbank to charge my phone. This wouldn’t have been a big deal when I lived at home, but normal things are extra complicated whilst travelling, so when things go well it makes a big positive impact.


View from Gravesend RNLI


Saxon Shore Way, Gravesend


Upper Upnor


Upper Upnor


Salt marsh at Riverside country park, Gillingham


Mud flats at Riverside country park, Gillingham


  • Still packing and dismantling a wardrobe at 3am on the move day.
  • Being so stressed and sleep deprived after moving out of my home that I ended up crying into my breakfast in Sainsbury’s cafe. Most unlike me.
  • The Saxon Shore Way from Gravesend to Cliffe. Horrible weather plus graffiti, litter, badly signed and closed footpaths, and my inexperience regarding navigation, meant it was a pretty miserable walk, and one that knocked my confidence.
  • Deciding to book accommodation a few miles of my route and get a taxi to my B&B rather than bust a gut to find somewhere within a short walk of it almost backfired when I got temporarily stuck in a pub struggling to get a taxi. A stressful end to an already stressful day.

Reflections (what I’ve learned)

  • I should’ve got a powerbank (to charge my phone in an emergency) earlier. That would’ve made the difference between embracing the environment and enjoying walking through the stunning Riverside Nature Reserve and having a low battery niggling me and spoiling the day.
  • Become more familiar with my phone so it becomes a more useful tool. For example, I’d completely forgotten I’d installed ViewRanger, which would’ve proved useful on my Gravesend to Cliffe walk.