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Southern England: Higham Marshes, Kent


Distance: 7.5km/4.5 miles
Time: 2.5hrs
Type: Open marshland
Where: Circular walk from Higham Station via Church Street and Higham Marshes.
Start/End: Higham railway station (TQ716728). Limited parking adjacent to St Mary’s church (TQ706742).
Terrain: Some road, unsurfaced footpaths, stiles and gates.
Maps: OS Explorer 163; OS Landranger 178.

The atmospheric marshland adjacent to the Thames Estuary formed the backdrop to Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. This walk takes in the landscape that inspired the great Victorian author, and is rich in both history and wildlife. Along the way is a Bronze Age barrow, the remains of a 19th-century fort, and the pretty church of St Mary’s. In spring and summer, listen out for the rapturous song of the skylark. Look out, also, for native plants such as coltsfoot, whose yellow flowers can be seen in February and March. It’s still used today by herbalists to cure respiratory complaints. For a step-by-step guide, download walk’s Routemaster as a PDF.

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  One Response to “Southern England: Higham Marshes, Kent”

      At 7:09 am on April 12th, 2009 Stefan wrote:

    GPX file does not seem to be a valid GPX file. Why does it have an adf rather than GPX extension

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