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27 October 2017: Stepping Out: Grand Finale

The last of this season's walks for carers and those they care for was held in glorious autumn weather, starting at Aylesford Priory.  One of the walks explored the historic town including the church and the medieval arched bridge, recognised by Historic England as a good example of its type.   Read more details about the Aylesford walk here and about the Stepping Out project generally here.

26 October 2017: Report on White Cliffs Walking Festival Published

At the request of the team that delivered this year's White Cliffs Walking Festival, John Grace has produced a comprehensive report assessing the Festival's success in meeting its objectives.  The total numbers of participants on all the 43 walks was a record 1252 and the variety of interesting themes was much appreciated.  The report explains the planning, promotion and delivery of the Festival programme and analyses the data collected, particularly as to where the many participants came from.  You can read the full report here.


17 October 2017: Stepping Out Film Released

Today Sport England released a film made during the Carers' walk that took place in Kingsdown and Deal as part of the White Cliffs Walking Festival.  The walk was one of eight being organised this year as part of the Stepping Out project, a joint venture between Kent Ramblers and Carers' Support organisations, funded by Sport England.

You can read more about the 2017 Stepping Out programme here.

Visit the Sport England web site and view the film here.

Details of the next and final event of the season are here.

30 November 2017: Annual Footpath Meeting

The annual workshop for all those interested in footpath matters in Kent will be held on 30 November 2017, as usual in Lenham Community Centre.  All are welcome – you don't need to be a current volunteer although we will be delighted if the meeting inspires you to offer your time to help protect the county's paths.  Advance booking is essential: there are more details and a full agenda here.

27 September 2017: East Kent Ploughing Match

The last Wednesday in September, the date of the East Kent Ploughing Match, seems to enjoy more than its fair share of fine weather and this year was no exception.  The sun shone, the sky was a somewhat hazy blue and, most importantly from our point of view, there was no wind to blow our tent or our leaflets away.  The event is held at a different location every year and this time it was at Quex Park, not too far from Margate.  Volunteers from White Cliffs Group manned the Ramblersí stall and chatted to visitors about the joys of walking in Kent.

Quite apart from the competitive ploughing, the event is a major agricultural show with plenty to see including demonstrations by birds of prey and the regular sheaf tossing competition.  Nevertheless, the heavy horses and vintage tractors are not to be missed, especially regular attendees Madge and Dolly (pictured).  A great day out – do join us next year.

25 August 2017: Stepping Out

Most of us take for granted the simple pleasures in life such as going for a walk.  But, for many people with caring responsibilities, going for a walk to enjoy the physical exercise, the company of fellow walkers and the delights of the Kent countryside is something they can only dream about.

This summer Kent Ramblers and carers' support organisations in East Kent are running a project funded by Sport England to enable carers and some of those they care for to take a much needed break and go for a walk in the company of members of the Ramblers.

The sixth of the series of walks took place as part of the White Cliffs Walking Festival on 25 August when around 50 people participated.  They were joined by Vanessa Griffiths, Chief Executive of the Ramblers, and a film crew from Sport England.  There is a full report on the day here.  For more information about the project generally, click here.

24 August 2017: White Cliffs Walking Festival

The opening ceremony of this year's White Cliffs Walking Festival took place today.  Brief speeches were given by Margaret Lubbock (Chairman of White Cliffs Group), Charlie Elphicke (MP for Dover), Kate Ashbrook (Vice Chair of the Ramblers' Board of Trustees) and Councillor Nick Tomaszewski (Deputy Mayor of Deal).  The Festival runs until 30 August – to peruse the programme and book a place on a walk please visit the Festival web site.  As usual there is a huge variety of walks, many of them with themes reflecting the rich history of the area.


Margaret Lubbock with Charlie Elphicke pledging his support for keeping four wheel drive vehicles off rural byways

Kate Ashbrook

Setting off from Walmer

11 August 2017: Footpath Cleared at Tilmanstone

A team from White Cliffs Group today cleared 200 metres of impenetrable undergrowth from a path at Barville Road, Tilmanstone.  We depend on our volunteers to carry out this work and on the subscriptions of our members to fund it.


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After

At work


Taking satisfaction in a job well done

30 July 2017: Walking with London Blind Ramblers

Today members of our West Kent Walking Group hosted a walk with London Blind Ramblers.  18 members of WKWG accompanied 15 guests from London Blind Ramblers in a circular walk from Borough Green station, taking in the delights of Ightham Mote and some of Kent's finest orchards.  Read Alan Richardson's full report ...

20 July 2017: Walkers are Welcome

Cobbler above DoverAre you aware of the Walkers are Welcome scheme?  Towns across Great Britain are awarded Walkers are Welcome status if they meet certain criteria and we have three such towns in Kent: Elham, Deal and Dover.  The Dover team has just revamped its web site and is in the process of producing a new leaflet describing the walking opportunities in the area.  Meanwhile there are a couple of inland walks near Dover on our web site:

Kearsney Abbey and Lydden Temple Ewell Nature Reserve

Kearsney and St Radigund's

For those wanting a coastal walk, all the information you could need, including detailed maps, can be found in our Guide to the Kent Coast Path available from our publications page.

21 June 2017: England Coast Path Consultation

It is now over a year since the section of the England Coast Path from Camber to Ramsgate opened in July 2016.  Since then work has been under way to extend the route in an anticlockwise direction.  The route of the next section from Ramsgate to Whitstable has been determined by the Secretary of State but the signage and the works necessary to create a new path along the edge of the North Foreland Golf Course near Kingsgate Castle have not yet begun.

ReculverToday Natural England issued a consultation document on the proposed route of the section from Whitstable to Iwade (where the path will make a detour to go around the coastline of the Isle of Sheppey).  Kentís Coastal Access Officer, Ian Wild, anticipates that this will be one of the trickier sections with a number of issues to be addressed, especially around Faversham.  Consultation closes on 16 August 2017.

Meanwhile Kent Area Secretary, Robert Peel, has started work on the second part of the Areaís guide to the Kent Coast Path which will cover the route from Ramsgate to Gravesend.  He has got as far as Reculver (pictured), site of both a Roman fort and the remains of a 12th Century church whose twin towers have long been a landmark for shipping.  On the way he has passed delightful beaches and limestone coves as well as sea stacks at Botany Bay and the Turner Contemporary art gallery at Margate.  The first part of the guide has sold well, proceeds having covered the printing costs so that sales are now generating profits for the Ramblers.  Copies of the first part are still available from our publications page.