Discover Harty & Elmley
Visit the small early Norman Church of St Thomas the Apostle at Harty as it stands sentinel overlooking the Swale and you will be amply rewarded with its timeless atmosphere. It happens to be one of the oldest and most remotest churches in Kent. Still lit by oil lamps and candles, the 920-year-old building contains such treasures as a 14th century wooden chest with a carved design of jousting knights. Why not then take a well-earned rest at the Ferry House Inn or cycle the route from Harty to Muswell Manor in Leysdown? For more cycling routes go to www.kent.gov.uk
If you thought there was no wilderness left in the South East, go to Elmley National Nature Reserve: A special, peaceful landscape, dominated by soul-stirring skies. A visit starts with an exciting two-mile drive across the vast wetlands – spot hares, lapwings, curlews and maybe an owl as you go. From the car park there is a mile walk alongside the marshes down to the hides. You will be rewarded with the sight of thousands of wading birds and will often see a bird of prey swooping across the reed beds.
How about waking up to this wilderness with the sun rising over the expanse of meadows and water, or watching an owl hunting at dusk before falling asleep to the chorus of marsh frogs? This summer there will be accommodation available at Elmley–the only place in the country where you can spend the night in a National Nature Reserve! Visit www.elmleynaturereserve.co.uk for more information.