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Harty Church on the bank of the Swale
Harty shown within Kent
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Harty is a small hamlet on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent consisting of a few cottages, a church and a public house, The Ferry Inn. The church has no electricity or running water and dates from the 11th century.
Historically, Harty was the northern terminus of the Harty Ferry, which ran across the Swale channel between the then Isle of Harty and the mainland: hence the name of the local public house. The southern, mainland terminus, was close to the villages of Oare and Uplees. Today the remains of the southern jetty are on the coast of the Oare Marshes nature reserve. A small cluster of buildings close by still bear the name Harty Ferry Cottages.
Harty is a few minutes walk from The Swale National Nature Reserve. Public footpaths run from Harty, along to southern extent of the Reserve to the Hamlet of Shellness, and back, around the Reserve's northern perimeter, to Harty.
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