Kent Ramblers

Walk 77

Walk 77: Woolage Green and Nonington

Distance:     6.9 miles (3 to 3.5 hours)
OS Map:      Explorer 138 & 150 (Start at grid reference TR236492)

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Park in Woolage Green, near the Two Sawyers (or from Shepherdswell Station walk along the road to join the North Downs Way at (4).

(1) From the Two Sawyers walk along the road past the old Methodist chapel, (now Chapel Cottage), and continue to the last building on the R, a large barn.   Turn R by the barn down to a farm track and go L.  Follow the track to the road. Turn R to follow the road up and over the railway, then shortly L along the footpath through Ruberries Wood.

On reaching the road turn R to Frogham then just before the first thatched cottage L through the white gate onto a clear path across Fredville Park (Point A) to Nonington.

(2) Walk along past the Royal Oak (Point B) and just after the phonebox take the footpath R, up between the trees.  At the top of the slope keep straight on, then bear R, keeping the clumps of trees to your L. Continue along the edge of Box Wood to a crossroads. Go straight over and follow the edge of the wood on the road, or choose the parallel path through trees. At the end of the wood take the path on the L along the field edge to the road and go R 100 yards to the road junction at Barfrestone.

(3) (Point C) Here you have a choice: if you wish to visit the church turn up the hill OR to continue the walk follow the road a little further then go straight up the valley on the footpath through the farmyard.  When you reach the road turn R on the route of the North Downs Way.

(4) Continue up the road and at the T junction follow the NDW signs L then R onto a path alongside the railway.  Follow this clear path until you come to the road; a few yards along the road enter the farm track on your L which you may recognise as the one you started out on.

When you reach the farm turn R up to the road and L back to the start.

This walk was originally published on a calendar produced by White Cliffs Group.  Thanks to Evelyn Soppit for originally devising this route, Rob Riddle for the photograph, Diana Blackwell for checking the directions and Andrew Boultbee for the idea.

Places of Interest

A  Fredville Park with many ancient oak and chestnut trees

B  Nonington village with a shady picnic spot in the playing field, and The Royal Oak pub.

C  Barfrestone village, a site on the pilgrim route between Dover and Canterbury.  The 12C village church retains many original features-carved Norman arches, a rose window and many misericords.  The Yew Tree pub is a pleasant stop for a drink.

Public transport:

Nearest bus stop on A2, buses from Dover or Canterbury.

Our book of Ten Favourite Walks in the Kent Countryside has routes for ten more walks like this one.

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Map based on Ordnance Survey mapping released into the public domain under the OpenData agreement.

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