Harty Ferry, the Swale
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).