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Walks Programme

  • Please bring suitable clothing and footwear
  • Dogs on leads are allowed unless otherwise stated
  • Please car share or travel by public transport where possible (the latter is indicated in the programme) – CP = Car Park where available!
  • It is advisable to carry a drink and a snack even when a pub-stop is planned
  • ALL WALKERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY
  • All walks are circular and start at 10am unless otherwise stated

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WINTER WALKS PROGRAMME 2018/2019    Please note different days are now colour coded

DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START (POST CODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

OCTOBER

Sun 28th

10am

 

12m full day’s walk from Ringwould to St Margaret’s at Cliffe covering pretty country trails and stunning coastal walking.

07737 658791

The entrance to Ringwould Church CT14 8HR (TR350483) parking in nearby lanes. Lunch in St Margaret’s with various tea rooms or pub options available.

Sun 28th

10am

 

6.5m half day from Elham, exiting to the north and ascending from the valley. We will pass through farmlands to Bedlam and then descend into the valley again to return to Elham.

07793 808328

The King’s Arms, Elham Village Square CT4 6TH (TR178439) or no.17 bus. Please park in the main road if the square is full. Local pubs and tea house afterwards.

Sun 14th

10am

 

13m full day’s walk from Elham to Hastingleigh and back: The “Buzzard Walk”. Whenever we have done this walk, we have seen several buzzards (a prize for the first to spot one!). Lots of short inclines, but well worth the challenge!

07793 808328

The King’s Arms Pub, Elham village square CT4 6TH (TR177439). Park in the High Street if the square is full or no.17 bus from Canterbury. Lunch at the Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh.

NOVEMBER

Sun 4th

10am

AGM

6m varied walk from Lower Hardres along bye ways and through woodland with fine views, followed by the group’s AGM at 2pm.

01227 711804

Lower Hardres village hall CT4 5NP (TR147533). Packed lunches may be eaten in the village hall (tea/coffee and biscuits provided!) or at the local pub (The Granville).

Fri 9th

10.30am

5m half day Canterbury Bridges Walk– walk the 36 bridges crossing each only once in memory of our dear friend, Alan Clewer. Led by Alan’s daughter, Claire.

07734 202262

The bandstand, Dane John Gardens, Canterbury CT1 1YW (TR148574)

Sun 11th

10am

 

11m full day’s walk from Sheldwich to Boughton via Lees Court Park through a mixture of open country, orchards and woodland, returning via Boughton Church and Selling. There are one or two hills.

07525 167365

Sheldwich village green ME13 0ED (TR0145560): park on the green. Lunch at the Queen’s Head, Boughton.

Sun 11th

10am

6.8m half day walk from Lower Harbeldown along the Stour Valley to Chartham Hatch and back along the North Downs Way.

07740 360870

Meet by St Michael’s Church CT2 8NW (TR132581) Park in the road or bus from Canterbury or Faversham.

Tues 13th

10am

4.5m half day leisurely walk from Boughton via Dargate, Hernhill and Mount Ephraim, through orchards and woodland, hopefully catching the last of the Autumn colours.

07770 762558

The bottom of Field End Place (not Road) in Colonel’s Lane, Boughton under Blean ME13 9TB (TR061591). Special arrangements for lunch have been made with the tea rooms at Mount Ephraim.

Sun 18th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Stodmarsh through the National Nature Reserve to Preston and back via Stourmouth and Wickhambreaux. Flat open country with reed beds by the Great Stour and Little Stour and through orchards.

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07470 693584

 

Stodmarsh NNR CP CT3 4BA (TR221609). Turn off the road through Stodmarsh between the pub and church – signed ‘Stour Valley Walk’. Lunch in Preston – pub or tea rooms.

Sun 18th

10am

6m half day walk from Oare along the creek following the Saxon Shore Way before heading off across open fields to Luddenham Church and back to Oare.

07740 360870

St Peter’s Church in Church Road, Oare ME13 0QA (TR006630) Park in the road near the church or bus from Faversham or Sittingbourne (no.333)

Sun 25th

10am

10m full day walk from Hythe via Saltwood through woods and fields to Lympne, returning along the canal.

01227 711804

Hythe RH&DR station CT21 6LD (TR153347). Park in roads either side of the canal. Picnic lunch or County Members Pub

Sun 25th

10am

6m half day walk from Bridge across orchards to Gorsley Wood, through the wood and back round through Bishopsbourne. A few stiles but fairly easy walking.

07557 401389

 

Bridge recreation ground, Patrixbourne Road, Bridge CT4 5BL (TR185544).

DECEMBER

            It may seem that we’ve only just started this programme, but I shall be circulating leaders with requests for the next one. Always looking out for new leaders, if you have a nice winter walk you’d like to share with other members, please contact me on 07734 202262 or 01227 751989

Sun 2nd

10am

 

11m full day walk from Farthing Common along the cliff tops on the North Downs Way with views out over the Channel. There is a short steep climb, to wet your appetite before lunch at Paddlesworth. Return via Lyminge.

01303 894237

Farthing Common CP, Stone Street CT18 8DH (TR136403) Lunch Cat & Custard Pot, Paddlesworth, used by airmen during WW2. Book a table on 01303 892205 for food. No dogs, plse.

Sun 2nd

10am

6m half day walk from Barham through woods and fields in beautiful Elham Valley. There are a few stiles and slopes!

07719 894960

Meet at Barham recreation ground CT4 6NX (TR207501).

Sun 9th

10am

Xmas Lunch!

5m half day walk from Faversham around the creeks and gunpowder works to wet your appetite for lunch at the Sun Inn! Please book your lunch with Linda ASAP – more information in the Newsletter!

07734 202262

Faversham Guildhall, Market Place ME13 7AE (TR015613). Public CP behind the Sun Inn but free parking in streets nearby.

Tues 11th

10am

 

4.5m (approx) half day leisurely social walk from Preston through open fields and orchards across fairly flat terrain.

07770 762558

The Garden Centre CP, The Street, Preston CT3 1ED (TR251612). Please patronise the café as we use the Garden Centre Car Park – join us for lunch at the end, perhaps?

Sun 16th

10am

11m full day walk from Thornden Woods through the ancient East and West Blean Woods to Maypole and back.

07985 057097

Thornden Wood CP CT6 7NZ (TR143632). Lunch at the Prince of Wales Inn, Maypole.

Sun 16th

10am

6m Half day walk from Elham and back via Lyminge and Swingfield over hills and fields and part of the Elham Valley Way.

07793 808328

King’s Arms pub, Elham village square CT4 6TH (TR177439) Park in the High Street if the square is full or No. 17 bus from Canterbury.

Sun 23rd

10am and 1.30pm

6m+5m half/full day figure of 8 walk from Boughton under Blean towards Hernhill through orchards via Mount Ephraim in the morning, across the golf course, through hop fields and woodland in the afternoon.

07734 202262

The Queen’s Head pub, The Street, Boughton ME13 9BH (TR067591). Park in the roads nearby or in the rec (ME13 9AH). Lunch at the pub, from where the afternoon walk will start.

Sun 30th

10am

12m full day walk from Newnham to Stalisfield Green over varied terrain including open fields, pasture and woodland, including some stiles.

07954 377247

The Church at Newnham, ME9 0LN (TQ954576): park with consideration in the village. Lunch at The Plough Inn, Stalisfield Green.

Sun 30th

10am

6m Half day winter walk from Canterbury, University of Kent through Blean Woods.

07791 309784

Giles Lane Car Park, University of Kent CT2 7NB (TR140601), no dogs, please.

JANUARY

Sun 6th

10am

10m full day pretty walk from Sellindge via Postling, Farthing Common and 12th century Horton Priory, former Cluniac Monastery.

07729 850271

Sellindge Village Hall TN25 6JX (TR104381). Lunch at The Tiger Inn Stowting.

Sun 6th

10am

 

7.5m half day walk from St Nicholas at Wade across flattish country side (no stiles!) and marshland to Reculver Towers with good views and some history. Wild birds vary depending on the season with rare migratory species at times>

07516 498468

(6-8.30pm please)

St Nicholas at Wade church CT7 0NG (TR264667)

Sun 13th

10am

10m Full day walk from Boughton Lees through countryside and woods with a steep climb up Soakham Down and a lovely afternoon descending by Eastwell Manor.

07729 256721

Boughton Lees TN25 4HH (TR022473): please park behind the pavilion on the green. Lunch at the Halfway House, Challock.

Sun 13th

10am

6.5m half day walk from Sandwich by the river, by the sea, across the golf course and through open country.

01795 532913 or

07768 174185

Sandwich Quay CT13 9EW (nearest) (TR336581). Car parking charges apply on the quay but free parking can be found in nearby streets.

Tues 15th

10am

 

4.5m (approx) half day leisurely social walk from Bishopsbourne exploring the lovely Elham Valley Way through Bridge with it’s handsome historic grand houses.

07770 762558

The Tadpole Tea Rooms CP, Bishopsbourne CT4 5HR (TR190527). Please patronise the tea rooms as we use their car park – perhaps join us for lunch after the walk?

Sun 20th

10am

10m full day walk from Farthing Common to Hastingleigh over the North Downs Way. Fabulous views from the Downs over Kent and Sussex.

07793 808328

Farthing Common CP CT18 8DH (nearest) TR137403. Pub stop, The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh.

Sun 20th

10am

 

6.2m half day walk from Folkestone Garden Centre, Swingfield, over undulating countryside towards Denton Church and Hall, passing Tappington Hall (Igoldsby Legends) on return. Fairly steep final stretch on the road to finish.

07753 421266

Folkestone Garden Centre on A260. CT15 7HX (TR215432) Please park to the right immediately inside the gate and please patronise the tea shop afterwards as we use their CP.

Sun 27th

10am

9m full day walk from Walmer, along the coast then inland on woodland paths to Ripple and back.

07791 309784

Kingsdown Road free car park, at the end of Granville Road, Walmer CT14 8AH (TR379485) Lunch stop at The Plough Inn, Ripple.

Sun 27th

10am

 

6m (approx) half day walk from Bekesbourne introducing a section of the ‘Canterbury Rings’, a project created and carried out by one of our members, David Reekie. We hope to visit all paths on the ‘Rings’ over the next year.

07798 645141

Bekesbourne Railway station, CT4 5EP (TR189560)

FEBRUARY

Sun 3rd

10am

11m from Stelling Minnis through lovely Kentish countryside to Elham and back. Will there be early signs of Spring?

 

01227 711804

Stelling Minnis opposite the post office CT4 6AS (TR143470),  Please don’t obstruct parking near the PO. Lunch in Elham with pubs or tea room.

Sun 3rd

10am

6m half day walk from Worth, over very flat terrain to Roaring Gutter and back along Pinnock Wall.

 

01303 894692

Worth outside the Blue Pigeons Pub CT14 0DE (TR338562)

Sun 10th

9.30am

 

12m full day linear walk from Wye to Etchinghill Celebrating the Best of the North Downs Way’! Lovely downland walking, with stunning views of ships ploughing up and down the Channel. (Note the early start)

07737 658791

01303 770883

Etchinghill village hall, St Mary’s Drive CT18 8NQ (TR167392) to arrange a car pool and drive to Wye (again at the end): 14m by road. No pub stop so bring a picnic. Tea rooms at the end!

Sun 10th

10am

6.5m Half day walk from Hastingleigh through pleasant countryside towards Waltham with a couple of short steep sections.

07729 256721

Elvington Village Hall, Hastingleigh TN25 5HR (TR099450)

Sun 17th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Capel along the white cliffs, pebble beaches and cliff paths via The Warren to Samphire Hoe. Returning along the cliff tops with views along the coast and over The Channel.

07887 781964

Capel Village Hall Lancaster Ave, Capel CT18 7LX (TR250388). Lunch at Samphire Hoe – tea kiosk and facilities open for snacks.

Sun 17th

10am

6m half day walk from Nonington via Chillenden and Goodnestone. Lovely villages, country estates and gentle rolling scenery.

07875 767803

The Royal Oak Pub, Holt Street, Nonington CT15 4HT (TR258519). Park opposite or along the road.

Sun 24th

10am and 1.30pm

6.5m + 5m Half/full day’s figure of eight walk from Chilham via Juliberry Downs and Denge Woods with views across to the village in the morning and Old Wives Lees towards Perry Road returning through orchards in the afternoon.

07525 167365

Chilham CP off the A252 CT4 8DD (TR066537). Lunch in Chilham (Tea rooms and pubs). The afternoon starts from the village square at 1.30pm.