On the Marshes walk

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The hair’s gone crazy but the scenery’s atmospheric at Dan’s Dock on the Isle of Sheppey.

On the Marshes Walk,
August 10th 2019,
10.00am – 12.00pm,
Elmley Nature Reserve
As part of the Sheppey Shorelines Festival I am taking a morning stroll around this lesser known part of the Elmley Nature Reserve. Join me as I relive my daddy-long-leg horror on Elmley Hill and tell you a little about the history and wildlife of this lesser known corner of Sheppey.
The walk is free but the Elmley Conservation Trust request a £5 parking charge.
Booking Essential – email msep@medway.gov.uk to book a place.

She Walks

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I am toying with the idea of starting a series of nature walks aimed at encouraging more women to engage with nature and feel confident walking in the countryside.  I am not normally a lover of single sex affairs but I have had quite a few women tell me they would love to explore some of the places I wrote about in my book but don’t feel they can.
I walk alone in the countryside so much for work that I don’t think twice about heading out but I am aware that lots of women don’t feel that way.

The walks would not be very arduous and no expertise would be needed just a desire to enjoy our beautiful wildlife and scenery.

Sorry chaps. If I love doing this I might extend it to you as well.

If you would be interested in finding out more or hearing about dates then please get in touch.

Salt Festival, Folkestone

salt festivalThe Salt Festival is a quirky new festival about the sea and the environment taking place in Folkestone, Kent between the 29th September and the 2nd October. I am delighted to be part of a fascinating programme of walks and talks, boat trips and sea swims. It is frankly the festival I would pull together if only I were that enterprising.

Join me on the 30th September for a walk from the Martello Tower on the cliffs to discover the wild side of Folkestone which begins at 2.30pm. In the evening I am on stage with Jay Griffiths, author of Wild, an elemental journey, to discuss the sea as a frontier.

Take a look at the Quarterhouse website for more information on the fantastic events taking place over the four days.

Naughty Nuns and Nightingales

Spring is well and truly underway, which must mean it’s time to undertake my regular Naughty Nuns and Nightingales walk for the Explore North Kent walking festival.

But before you ask.. No, I don’t dress as a Naughty Nuns. Every year legions of men seem to be disappointed at turning up and finding..well, just me in walking boots. Really, the habit would rather get in the way of leaping the stiles and encouraging the feral ponies, which inhabit the marsh, to leave us alone.

Still, this walk from St Mary’s Church in Lower Higham in Kent (ME3 7LS) and across the marshes to the Thames is one of my favourites, full of interesting stories, plummeting lapwings and, if we are in luck, warbling nightingales.. and, yes there is a tale of nuns led astray.

The walk costs £1 and begins at 10am on Saturday 24th

To book a place e-mail; countrysideconsultations@hotmail.com