High Halstow Community Site

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Top of Lipwell Hill

Open view of the marsh land contrasting with the high ground of Northwood Hill. Also shows the barreness of the marshes compared to the major international port and oil terminal on the Essex side of the River Thames. 270˚ Buckhole Farm. East well Farm North Kent Marshes, River Thames.

Saltfleet Flats Spa

Sitting and watching wildfowl feeding the waters edge as the tide rises then making the short flight over the sea wall to continue uninterrupted feeding on the grazing marsh, give an insight to the importance of the seemingly baron and forbidding landscape. This landscape as a raw beauty once so famously described by Charles Dickens in his open words of Great Expectations, “Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; ….; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea” 360˚ views of River Thames Egypt Bay The Halstow Marshes, Cooling Marshes Northward Hill National Nature reserve Shades House Container port.

Intersection of Wybournes Way With Western Boundary Of Village

An important Landscape feature here shows the escapement of the North Kent Downs and its connection with the Marsh and the river Thames Beyond. 360˚ views River Thames. Lodge Hill Wood Spendif towards Higham.

From RS 45 Highest Point

Views give an indication of the isolation of High Halstow village from other major communities surrounded by the farms that initially made the community. 360˚ views of the south side of the village across orchards. Solomons farm, Wybournes Farm, River Thames towards Gravesend, Lodge Hill

RS 44 East Of Village

As you emerge on RS44 between the houses at the back of Half moon way and via the settling pond. The vista opens out towards the East of the village  and St Mary Hoo Grain and Sheppey beyond on to open agricultural land. Travel east on RS 44 to Jacksons Corner before turning south towards Christmas and views towards Hoo and the Medway Towns. This area is an excellent place to watch and listen the Skylarks in the summer months.

Intersection Of RS46 With South Of Old Chattenden And Upon Railway

Provides for a historical look at the past when munitions were made on the peninsula. This railway line would have been the height of activity during the two world wars. This view point is situated on the site of the old Chattenden & Upnor branch line who’s route is visible Westwards towards the site of the old bridge at Dux Court Road and Lodge Hill beyond. 360˚ views of Site of old Chattenden railway views of Solomons farm, the village and farmland

RS 46 Rear Of Christmas Lane

This shows the ‘green wedge’ between High Halstow and Hoo St Werburgh which is imortant to retain to reinforce the separate sense of identity of these places. It provides a view across Solomons Farm where the route of the Hundred of Hoo Railway and its bridges across Dux Court Road. The line of the Chattenden & Upnor branch is visible as well as the old site of Sharnal Street Station. 180˚ views of Solomons Farm, Orchards, Dux Court road towards Ratcliffe Highway

Christmas Lane 360 Degree

Christmas Lane is the main Entrance into the village and connection with Sharnal Street in the East. Running down the spine of the Hoo Peninsula North Downs escarpment it affords clear views to the North East and South with the village to the west. 360˚ views of the Eastern end of the Hoo Peninsula.

On Manor Way In The Marsh

Walking Manor Way you get a feeling and view of the importance of the grazing marsh so vital for wintering wildfowl when the tide rises and the inertial habitat becomes hidden. 360˚ views of the heart of Halstow Marsh SPA, Northward Hill, Shades House, St Mary’s Marsh.

On Bessies Lane RS31 At The Spring On Top Of The Hill

Walking North along Bessies Lane to this view it is clear to see the extent of the Cliffe, Cooling, Halstow, St. Mary’s and Allhallows marshes to the North and the Medway Estuary marshes to the South and the part Northward hill has to play. Much of the peninsula and its surrounding intertidal habitat is heavily protected under the Bern Convention. Like the North Norfolk coast the Peninsula forms an important and vital link on one of only five migratory routes for Artic wildfowl, it plays host to over 300,000 wintering wildfowl every winter. 270˚ views of Thames Estuary, St Mary Marsh, Halstow Marsh, Decoy, Decoy Farm. Swigshole House. Canvey island, Southend Tilbury, Gravesend.

Forge Common

Located at on the south side top of Northward Hill, the village sits seemingly nestled amongst woodlands across the top of which glimpses of the River Medway are possible. 270˚ views of River Medway, St Mary Hoo.River Thames.

On Saxon Shore Way Half Way Up On Northward Hill At RSPB View Point

View point gives a birds eye insight of the view of the Marsh and river, and the importance of Northward Hill as a protected roost. Probably the best view of the Cooling Radio station which is otherwise shielded from view. 180˚ views of North Kent Marshes SPA’s River Thames Eastborough Farm Cooling Radio station

Adjacent To Southern Water Spring On Cooling Road

Shows clearly the relationship between Northward Hill and the North Kent Marsh, and specifically how this creates a natural roost in the wooded hill for the colony of breeding Herons and Little Egrets close to the rich feeding ground of the Marsh. 270˚ views of Dalham Farm, Dalham Farm SSSI Northward Hill, Buck hole Farm East borough Farm River Thames North Kent Marshes SPAs

Start Of RS46 Ropers Lane

An important feature of High Halstow is its prominent position on the eastern escarpment of the North Kent Downs overlooking the North Kent Marshes and River Thames. A branch line linked Sharnal Street Station with the oil refinery at Berry Wiggins which closed in 1977. Berry Wiggins had purchased the site from the MOD which used the site for an Air Ship base in WWI.

Solomons Farm and buildings mark the railway intersection between the Hundred of Hoo Railway and the old Chattenden & Upnor, and was the main railway connection for Lodge Hill the Munitions storage facility for Chatham Naval Dockyard. The working Farm included an example of one of the original bridges across the railway line and access for Public Rightof Way (no. RS347) and is adjacent to the site of the old Sharnal Street railway station and two further examples of railway bridges, at one time, carrying the main road traffic on and off the peninsula. In recent years this valley has been used to route the main electrical feed from the Peninsula’s power stations. 90˚ views of Solomons Farm’ site of Chattenden & Upnor railway line, south flank of High Halstow.

Ropers Green Lane RS44

The southern extremity of High Halstow Parish with views to the industrial site of Hoo St Werburgh once MOD land. 180˚ vies of Belluncle Halt, Kingsnorth power station’ River Medway

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