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Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom

Sheerness Way - Cycle route

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Length: 6.3 miles / 10.1 km
Family Friendly
The Sheerness Way, launched in 2011 is a 5.6 mile, 9km flat route suitable for families.

Looking for a day out the whole family can enjoy? Want to learn something new - maybe you wondered how Blue Town in Sheerness got its name? Why is there a sunken ship just off shore with unexploded bombs! What made the location of Sheerness so strategic in a number of wars?
Maybe you want to have some family fun on the beach, relax and let the children enjoy traditional and new seaside amenities.


Start/Finish: Sheerness

(National Route 174)
6.3 miles (10.1km), mainly traffic-free flat route suitable for families.

The Sheerness Way is served by Sheerness-on-sea Railway station.
For train times call: 08457 484950

Swale Tourism - 01795 417155 -

Ordnance Survey Explorer 149 & Landranger 178 cover this area, please telephone KCC on 08458 247 600 or email: to order.

Please note that route shown may not accurately follow public rights of way and signage on ground should be followed at all times.

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Points of Interest


Bartons Point Coastal Park

Bartons Point Coastal Park is located on the edge of Sheerness with large grass areas for walking and recreation.

The boat house next to the lake and the park has car parking and toilet facilities.

A miniature railway, model flying field and pitch and putt golf course are also located on the site, and there is a new play area.

Queenborough Lines

Queenborough Lines or ‘canal bank’ as it is known locally are a mid 19th century ditch and mound fortification built to protect Sheerness Naval Dockyard from attack from inland. More recent concrete gun footings from both world wars can still be seen.

Blue Town Heritage Centre

Just a short detour from the main circuit lies the historic
area of Blue Town. Why was this part of Sheerness called
Blue Town? Back in the 1700s workmen in the Royal
Naval Dockyard built ramshackle houses out of short
pieces of wood known as “chips”. Permission to take
these timber planks was only granted if they were 3 foot
in length and could be carried on one shoulder. The name
Blue Town comes from the use of blue naval paint which
was used on these houses. This rickety accommodation
was home to many of the men, otherwise they lived in
the hulks of old war ships. Conditions were dreadful by
modern standards: theft was rife, sanitation poor and
malaria a problem. It wasn’t until the 1820s when these
blue houses burnt down that better accommodation was
built, but the name has remained. Why not visit the Blue
Town Heritage Centre or the Sheerness Heritage Centre
while you are here?
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Blue Town Heritage Centre

Sheerness Heritage Centre

Despite being constructed of seemingly temporary building materials the house, as with its two neighbours, has lasted well and, over the years, it has also been a baker's shop and a fish and chip shop. Now cared for, the rooms here have been restored and they now reflect authentic 19th century rooms and are furnished with genuine pieces from that period.

Sheerness Clock Tower

In the Centre of Sheerness stands the clock tower - it is
an iconic feature, one of the oldest and largest surviving cast iron clock towers in Kent. Standing at 36ft it was built in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII.

The Catholic Church of St Henry and Elizabeth

The Catholic Church of St Henry and Elizabeth by the
seafront is another landmark in Sheerness and was completed in 1864. The church was designed by Edward
Pugin, the eldest son of Augustus Pugin, most famous for
his work designing the Houses of Parliament. This church
is very striking and boasts a stunning rose window and
Caen stone altar.

SS Richard Montgomery

Looking out to sea you may glimpse the masts of a sunken
World War II vessel, the SS Richard Montgomery. It was loaded with explosives but because of its proximity to Sheerness it was deemed too dangerous to blow up – the explosives are still there!
Pictures in this guide taken by: Explore Kent

Copyright: Explore Kent, Kent County Council

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