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Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Swale Halt to Newington

Swale Halt to Newington 25th June 2008

After a break of two weeks 5 of us met up at a local railway station and traveled to Swale Halt by Kingsferry Bridges where we left the train and crossed the road to the footpath by the River Swale. Here we had a welcome surprise of a roadside chuck wagon where we stopped for a bacon baguette paid for by one of our richer members
Then following the footpath we headed west along the side of the winding river , although the tide was out and the river view was of mainly mud flats this was compensated by the abundant wildlife , wood peckers, little egret , avocet, red shank etc all made for a pleasant walk especially as the sun broke through the clouds
After a stop for a quick drink we set off this time away from the marshes and headed in land through lots of very overgrown undergrowth to finally emerge by Funton brick works . Continuing to follow the footpath, when we could see it headed towards Newington. By luck we stumbled upon a pub where we forced ourselves to stop for a very welcome drink . Then on again passing the very old church of St Margarets Of Antioch . From the photo below you may be able to make out the roman bricks/tiles used in its construction. Unfortunately the church was locked but we are told it contains a 11th or 12th century lead font, one of only 10 in the country. Finally we reached our destination of Newington Railway Station where very weary we caught the train home


Old Kingsferry Bridge
New Kingsferry Bridge
Typical View Of Marshes
Thames Barge On River Swale

New Kingsferry Bridge In Distance Long Abandoned Boats


St Margarets Of Antioch

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