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Harty Ferry, the Swale

Practical Boat Owner - - Cruising Notes -

Harty Ferry is the most pop­u­lar an­chor­age in the Swale. The East Coast Rivers Cruis­ing Companion, by

Janet Har­ber, pub­lished by Fern­hurst Books, ad­vises that a hard on the north shore pro­vides ac­cess to the Ferry House Inn, where food is served all day at week­ends, mak­ing it a favourite des­ti­na­tion for lo­cal yachts­men. About a mile away from the pub is the 900-year-old church of St Thomas the Apos­tle.

There are moor­ings on both sides of the river here, but the East Coast Rivers Cruis­ing Companion warns that sailors should be­ware the fierce cur­rent on the early ebb, par­tic­u­larly at night, and the reach can be un­com­fort­able with strong winds from the east.

In the moor­ings on the south side is the Uplees north car­di­nal buoy (Q) mark­ing a wrecked fish­ing trawler.

There are few fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to the boats moored at Harty Ferry, although there is an emer­gency tele­phone near the top of the ferry hard on the south bank.

Nearby is the Oare Marshes Na­ture Re­serve run by Kent Wildlife Trust. For other ser­vices and stores, the near­est places are Oare (1 mile) or Faver­sham (2 miles).

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