There are several nature reserves and two country parks adjacent to the estuary. All of which provide fantastic opportunities to get closer to nature, often without the need to stray too far from the beaten track. Follow the links to find out more:
The area’s network of public footpaths are a great way to explore the estuary’s stunning coastline and nearby historic villages and towns. One of the most popular routes is the Saxon Shore Way, which allows walkers to roughly follow the Kent and Sussex coastline as it was around 1,600 years ago. There are a number of publications detailing the area’s walking routes (many available from local tourist information centres and selected libraries. Follow the links for further information and copies of PDFs.
To explore the area by bike, take advantage of the Heron Trail on the Hoo Peninsula, as well as Sustrans National Cycle Route No 1, which is closely aligned to the Saxon Shore Way. Also try the new Sheerness Way and Isle of Harty Trail cycle routes.
The area is home to a number of museums and historical buildings, with direct links to the estuary’s important martime and military heritage. Follow the links for further information: