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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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SUMMER WALKS PROGRAMME 2017    Please note different days are now colour coded

 

DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

CONTACT

START (POST CODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

JUNE

Fri 9th

6pm

 

4m evening walk from Stodmarsh Nature Reserve. Wind down as we enjoy the tranquillity of the Reserve, rambling along to Grove Ferry and returning over the marshes. Bird watchers bring binoculars and your expertise!

01227 711804

Stodmarsh Nature Reserve CP, TR221609. Pub afterwards – The Red Lion, Stodmarsh

Sat 10th

10am

 

4.5m half day walk from Canterbury. A leisurely social walk into the countryside south of the City towards Merton Farm with views over the Cathedral.

07770 762558

Meet by the Outpatients building at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Ethelbert Road CT1 3NG (TR154565) No parking restrictions in the surrounding roads on Saturdays.

Sun 11th

10am

 

12m a varied full day walk from Dover through White Cliffs Country with stunning views, literary associations and military history, also encompassing lesser known inland trails through farmland and woods.

07737 658791

White Cliffs NT visitors CP (£3.50 charge) CT16 1HJ (TR334421), or 25 min walk from Dover Priory. Lunch at The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown. We hope to arrange a group visit to the Fan Bay WW2 Shelter afterwards (£10 for non-NT members)

Sun 11th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Sittingbourne to Bredgar with half-way café stop by the pond, passing through Tunstall and Bredgar villages. Views of the Swale on a clear day.

01795 427495

King George’s Park entrance on Woodstock Road, Sittingbourne ME10 4HL (TQ902623)

Sun 18th

10am

 

12m full day walk from Paddock Wood: a picturesque walk following a section of the High Weald Landscape Trail through the AONB with excellent views, woodland and orchards.

07759 839128

Paddock Wood Rly Stn CP (charges apply) or trains from Canterbury/Ashford and Maidstone West TN12 6ER (TQ670452). Lunch stop to be arranged.

Sun 18th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Nonington across the rolling countryside via the historic villages of Chillenden and Goodnestone.

07875 767803

Nonington opposite the Royal Oak Pub (perhaps book for lunch afterwards – 01304 448075?). CT15 4HT (TR258519)

Fri 23rd 6.30pm

5m evening walk from the Hop Pocket pub, Bossingham to St Mary’s Stelling Church, then via Church Wood through Minnis Common to Stelling Minnis village returning via Achester Wood.

07709 768981

The Hop Pocket Pub, Bossingham CT4 6DY (TR151491) Park in the pub CP if intending to patronise it afterwards, otherwise park in the road, please.

Sun 25th

10am

 

12m full day walk from Hollingbourne to Fairbourne Heath and back. A varied walk via farmland and woods with stunning views of Leeds Castle

07525 167365

Eyhorne Street nr Hollingbourne ME17 1TR (TQ832546). Park in the CP behind the pub, not the pub CP! Lunch stop Pepper Box Inn, Fairbourne Heath. Busy pub so picnic recommended.

Sun 25th

10am

 

6.5m half day from Selling via Molash and Perry Wood. A varied walk through farmland, woods and orchards with lovely open views of the Sheldwich Valley

07768 174185

Selling village school CP ME13 9RG (TR038565)

JULY

Sat 1st

9.00 am Dover

Walking in France with the French! A 10k (6m) walk from Hardinghem near Marquise (Sentier du Colombier). Start at 2pm at the café “Le Lion D’Or”. A meal (18 eur) is booked for 12 noon. Confirm attendance with Penny before 25th June.

07719 894960

Car share for the 9.30 am Dover ferry or meet at Le Lion D’Or, Hardinghem 12 noon. Phone Penny if you intend to join this occasion either self drive or car share.

Sun 2nd

10am

 

12m full day from Grove Ferry via Stodmarsh and Wickhambreaux. An easy, pleasant low-level flat walk through water-landscape and pastures plus orchards and farmland.

07798 645141

Grove Ferry CP (NOT the pub CP!)  CT3 4BP (TR237632). £2 CP charge. Lunch stop at Wickhambreaux on the green at The Rose Inn.

Sun 2nd

10am

 

6m half day from Capel le Fern, walking into The Warren towards Folkestone and back up a steep hill along the top of the cliffs, stopping at the Battle of Britain War Memorial.

07740 360870

The Cliff Top Café, Old Dover Road, Capel le Ferne CT18 7HP (TR253383). Park in the road near the café.

Fri 7th

6.30pm

5m from Sandwich Guildhall. An evening walk by the Stour to the seashore and back with fish and chips at the end.

07719 894960

Sandwich Guildhall CP CT13 9BY (TR330581)

Sun 9th

9.15am for 10am

14m full day from Hastings to Rye along the Saxon Shore Way and SE Coastal Path, through the Hastings Country Park (steep hills!) to Fairlight and along the Military Canal to Winchelsea for tea. Back to Rye via Camber Castle.

07734 202262

Rye Railway Station CP TN31 7AB (TQ919205) – or meet at Hastings Rly Stn at 10am (trains from Ashford or Canterbury West). Lunch at The Smuggler Inn, Fairlight.

Sun 9th

10am

 

6m half day walk through the fine woodland of Thornden Wood (north of Tyler Hill). No hills and no stiles!

07709 768981

Thornden Wood Road CP CT6 7NZ (TR143633). If parking on the West side of the road, take care with the bumps! Car share if possible.

Tues 11th

10am

 

5.5m half day from Rhodes Minnis through woodland and across open fields.

07770 762558

Lord Whiskey Tea Rooms, Park House, Rhodes Minnis CT4 6AN (TR148438). Please patronise the Tea Rooms afterwards for coffee or lunch since we use their car park!

Fri 14th

6pm

 

3m evening walk in the countryside around Elham with some hills. Paul invites walkers to a barbeque afterwards limited to the first 30 people to take up the invitation …… phone Paul to confirm a place.

07793 808328

Elham village square CT4 6TH (TR177439) park in the main road if the square is full or bus no.16 from Canterbury.

Sun 16th

10am

 

12m full day from Borough Green to Ightham Moat and Basted, via Oldbury Wood and the Greensand Way with stunning views over the Weald. Hilly in places. Tea may be taken at the Ightham Moat NT in the afternoon.

01622 299947

Borough Green Railway Station CP TN15 8BG (TQ609574) Trains from Ashford Intl. Lunch stop TBA.

Sun 16th

10am

 

6.3m half day walk from Worth to Sandwich and the coast, so mostly flat walking with wide seascapes and big skies!

07719 894960

The Blue Pigeon pub, Worth CT14 0DE (TR336561)

Sun 23rd

10am & 1.15pm

5m+5m half/full day figure of eight walk from Mama Feelgood’s, Bekesbourne. The lavender fields should be in full bloom!

01227 364884

Mama Feelgoods café, Chalkpit Farm, Bekesbourne Lane, Bekesbourne CT4 5EU (TR198553). Park in the field as directed. Tea stop at the end – please support the café. No dogs please

Sun 30th

10am

 

10.5m full day from Breach Downs through the woods and fields west of Barham towards Bossingham with a few hills and a number of stiles.

07785 522177

Breach Downs CT4 6LL (TR204485) – bus 17 from Canterbury. Lunch at the Hop Pocket, Bossingham.

Sun 30th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Stelling Minnis through magnificent Downs scenery to the remote hamlet of Elmsted with a couple of hill climbs.

07709 768981

The green opposite Stelling Minnis Post Office CT4 6AS (TR143469). Please park considerately – avoid parking right outside the PO.

 

AUGUST

Sun 6th

10am

 

13m full day from Sandwich to Chillenden. Easy walking across open farmland with big skies to join in the fun at the Griffin’s Head monthly vintage car festival with backfiring, blue smoke, goggles and flying helmets!

07733 066354

Sandwich, Gazen Salts CP CT13 9HN (TR329585). Pub stop, The Griffin’s Head, Chillenden for the vintage car fest – busy but BBQ usually available.

Sun 6th

10am

 

7m half day from Selling Station through orchards and woodland to Perry Wood with excellent views from the ‘pulpit’! Mostly flat terrain with a couple of climbs. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

01622 299947

Selling railway station CP, ME13 9PW (TR052572), or train from Canterbury or Faversham

Tues 8th

10am

 

4.5m half day walk from Wingham. A leisurely social walk across country to the picturesque, historic Goodnestone House, with a possible coffee stop at the Fitzwalter Arms.

07770 762558

Gibson’s Farm Shop/café, Crockshard Lane, Wingham CT3 1NY (TR247559). Please patronise the café as we use the car park.

Sun 13th

9am

 

15m full day challenging walk from West Wood, Rhodes Minnis. NEW ROUTE! Through rolling countryside, woods, farmland and on permissive paths with a tea stop at the end. Please note the early start.

01227 364884

West Wood CP TR144440 (no post code available). No pub stop so please bring a picnic for intermittent stops. No dogs, please.

Sun 13th

2pm

 

6m afternoon walk from Perry Wood with a stop at Sheldwich Church for tea and home-made cake! There are a couple of steep climbs up Rabbit Valley.

07791 309784

Perry Wood CP ME13 9RP (TR045556). Please note the start time!

Sun 20th

10am

 

12m full day from Selling through orchards and shady woodland with lovely views over the Swale Estuary as we progress from Dunkirk to Hernhill. Return through the grounds of Mount Ephraim.

 

01227 711804

Selling school CP ME13 9RG (TR038565). Lunch at the Red Lion Hernhill or on the village green.

Sun 20th

10am

 

6m half day from Wye, some hills but lovely views. We will walk some of the North Downs Way past the Wye Crown.

01795 532913

Wye church TN25 5BL (TR054469)

Sun 27th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Denton to Elham. Hilly but stunning scenery throughout through woodland and Downland and along part of the lovely Elham Valley.

07733 066354

Denton Village Hall CP (£1 donation) CT4 6RE (TR215472). Lunch stop in Elham – 2 pubs and a tea shop available for food.

Sun 27th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Barham. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this walk includes some inclines and stiles, but with lovely views.

07719 894960

Duke of Cumberland pub, Barham CT4 6NX (TR207501) or bus no. 17 from Canterbury.

SEPTEMBER

Sun 3rd

10am

 

12m full day from Elham to Hastingleigh through lovely valleys, known locally as the ‘Buzzard Walk’.

07793 808328

Elham village square CT4 6TH (TR177439) park in main road if the square is full or bus 16 from Canterbury. Lunch at Bowl Inn which may be busy so perhaps advise a picnic lunch.

Sun 3rd

10am

 

5m half day walk from Faversham along the creeks (Faversham and Oare) returning in time to enjoy the internationally acclaimed Hop Festival with lots of food and drink readily available!

07734 031419

Faversham Railway Station ME13 8EB (TR016609). Train recommended, 09:32am from Canterbury East (current timetable – do check beforehand!)

Sun 10th

10am

 

12m full day walk from Appledore to Woodchurch. Follow part of The Saxon Shore Way through vineyards and farmland returning via Great Heron and Little Heron Woods.

07525 167365

Appledore Village CP TN26 2AE (TQ955297) by the village hall or park on the road. Lunch stop at The Six Bells, Woodchurch.

Sun 10th

10am

 

6.5m half day from Victory Wood with panoramic views of the Isle of Sheppey followed by the shade of Blean Woods.

07875 767803

Victory Woods CP, south of the Thanet Way A299 (exit at Dargate Services) ME13 9EN (TR085622)

Tues 12th

10am

 

5m half day walk from Nackington Church with views across the City and to the Cathedral.

07770 762558

Park in the lane by the church CT4 7AE (TR157546)

Sun 17th

10am

 

12m full day Syndale Valley circular, moderate walk through really lovely park and farmland in an AONB from Doddington via Newnham, Eastling, Stalisfield Green and Otterden with several POIs.

07798 645141

Doddington village hall CP ME9 0BH (TQ934572). £1 per car contribution to the Hall fund. Lunch stop at The Plough Inn, Stalisfield Green.

Sun 17th

10am

7m half day from Bridge through fields and Gorsely Wood to Bishopsbourne and back via the Nailbourne valley past Bourne House. There are some hills and stiles.

07876 067840

Bridge recreation ground, Patrixbourne Road, Bridge CT4 5BL (TR185543). No dogs, please. No 17 bus from Canterbury.

Sun 24th

10am

 

11m full day from Lyminge to Stelling Minnis, over down-land and through woods. Some hills and stiles, but lovely views.

07791 309784

Lyminge Library CP CT18 8HS (TR164411). Lunch at Stelling Minnis – booking recommended if you plan to eat at the Rose and Crown (01227 709265)

Sun 24th

10am

 

6.5m half day from Eastling around the Syndale Valley northern loop via Doddington and Newnham. A lovely (moderate) park and farmland walk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

07798 645141

Eastling village hall CP ME13 0BA (TQ964564). £1 per car contribution to the Hall fund.

OCTOBER

Sun 1st

9.30am

14.5m full day from Tenterden to Bodiam following the scenic High Weald Landscape trail and Sussex border path. Return by steam train on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Dep Bodiam 16.40 arr Tenterden 17.28.

07887 781964

Tenterden, Bridewell Lane free CP TN30 6EY (TQ883332). Bring a picnic. Train on-board catering. Fare (on-line) £16.20 or £13 ea for a group of 15+. For other possibilities contact Brian in good time beforehand. Railway details www.kesr.org.uk .

Sun 1st

10am

 

6m half day from Canterbury to Chilham Railway Station along the Stour Valley walk, by the river and later with views across the valley – return by train.

07734 202262

Canterbury, Dane John Gardens by the band stand CT1 2QX (TR148574).

Weds 4th

10am

 

4m half day walk from Elham. a social walk at a leisurely pace, at first along the Elham Valley Way and returning via the ridge above with views across the valley down into the village.

07770 762558

Elham village square CT4 6TH (TR177439) Park in the main road if necessary. Bus no.17 from Canterbury. Lunch afterwards in the Kings Head pub if you wish.

Sun 8th

10am

 

11m full day walk from Seasalter to Faversham. Generally flat easy walking with two good stiles to Graveney and Faversham, returning via The Saxon Shore Way passing Castle Coot nature reserve.

07743 031419

Seasalter Sailing Club CP CT5 4BW (TR071650). Lunch in Faversham – numerous pubs and cafés. No dogs, please.

Sun 8th

10.00am

 

6m half day walk from Bekesbourne Railway Station through to Patrixbourne and Bridge: passing big houses and beautiful churches on the way.

 

07734 202262

Bekesbourne Railway Station CP CT4 5EP (TR190560) or 9.33am train from Canterbury East

Sun 15th

10am

12m full day from Farthing Common to Paddlesworth along the N Downs Way through rolling countryside returning via Lyminge. Expect hills and stiles, but we are rewarded with fine views throughout.

01227 711804

Farthing Common CP (Stone Street) CT18 8DH (nearest) (TR136403). Pub stop at The Cat and Custard Pot. No dogs, please.

Sun 15th

10am

 

6m half day from Faversham: Countryside, Creeks and Churches – to Goodnestone and Graveney and back.

07729 256721

Faversham Guildhall ME13 7AE (TR016614). Public CP adjacent (charges apply)

Sun 22nd

10am

10m full day from Herne through the Blean Woods and open countryside to Broad Oak.

 

07729 256721

Herne & Broomfield Surgery, 38 Broomfield Rd, Herne CT6 7LY (TR190664) Lunch stop The Golden Lion, Broad Oak.

Sun 22nd

10am

 

6m half day from Shepherdswell Station via Coldred and Eythorne. Coffee stop at the Station Café, Eythorne  (East Kent Railway Trust)

07875 767803

Shepherdswell Railway Station CT15 7PE (TR258482) Travel by train from Canterbury East or Dover is possible.

Sun 29th

10am and 1.30pm

Figure of eight walk from Chilham: 6.5m in the morning via Julliberry Downs and Denge Woods with views across Chilham – 5m in the afternoon via Old Wives Lees towards Perry Woods returning through orchards.

07525 167365

Chilham CP CT4 8DD (TR066536) off the A252. Afternoon start from Chilham village square. Pubs and tea rooms for lunch.