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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 2017/2018    Please note different days are now colour coded

 

DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

CONTACT No.

START (POST CODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

OCTOBER

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.

NOVEMBER

Sun 5th

10am

AGM

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

01227 711804

Lower Hardres village hall CT4 5NP (TR147533). Lunch will be provided in the village hall afterwards to encourage you to stay to the AGM and talk by Neville Machin (Area VC)

Sun 12th

10am

 

10.5m full day’s walk from Chilham following the North Downs Way to Kings Wood, then through open countryside from Molash to Perry Wood. Return via woodland and orchards to Chilham.

07525 167365

Chilham CP CT4 8DD (TR066535). Lunch stop at The Rose and Crown, Perry Wood. Tea available in Chilham at the end.

Sun 12th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Elham exiting to the north and ascending the valley. We will pass through farmlands to reach 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.

Weds 15th

10am

 

5m circular walk from the Sportsman Pub Seasalter along the coast and inland to Graveney

07770 762558

Sportsman pub CP, Seasalter CT5 4BP (TR061646) Lunch at the Freewheel pub Graveney – excellent home cooked food at reasonable prices!

Fri 17th

11am

 

An easy (2/3m) along the Stour Valley Way from Canterbury. Scenic, sociable and welcoming. A follow-up to “Stepping Out”, the pioneering Kent venture to offer fabulous walks of different lengths to carers and those they care for.

07770 762558

Toddlers Cove CP, Canterbury (minimal charge) TR140576. If you are free, Deirdre would appreciate your support in helping to raise awareness of access to the countryside for all.

Sun 19th

9am

 

15m full day challenging walk from Bishopsbourne over rolling countryside and some hills and through woods with maybe late autumn colours. Tea room at the end.

01227 364884

Gally’s Farm Shop/Tadpole Tearoom, Frog Lane, Bishopsbourne CT4 5HR (TR190528). Please bring a picnic for several short stops. No dogs, please.

Sun 19th

10am

6m half day walk from Barham, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), through Broome Park, Lord Kitchener’s Place.

 

07719 894960

 

Barham Village Green CT4 6NX (TR207501). Bus no.17 from Canterbury Bus Station 9.10am

Sun 26th

10am

 

11m full day’s blast in the winter winds from Margate (Cliftonville) to Ramsgate along the seashore and back along the cliff tops (or vice versa according to the tides). Pass through Broadstairs and past John Buchan’s “39 steps”.

07734 202262

Palm Bay Avenue on the seafront opposite the primary school CT9 3PP (TR380713). Lunch available in many places (pubs/fish and chips) in Ramsgate.

Sun 26th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Preston along the Little Stour River and back. A flat walk across fields and countryside with the river running close by.

07740 360870

Preston Village Hall CP next to the primary school in Mill Lane CT3 1HB (TR252609)

DECEMBER

Sun 3rd

10am

 

10.5m full day walk Chilham through woods and across valleys with lovely views to Sole Street.

07729 256721

Chilham Village CP CT4 8DD (TR066536). Lunch at Sole Street but you will need to pre-book at the Compasses Inn for 12.30 (01227 700300). Probably best to bring a packed lunch!

Sun 3rd

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)

Thurs 7th

9.30am

 

12m Full day walk from Alkham over hills (some steep - a pole may be advisable) through fields and woodland with stiles to Denton and back. This longer mid-week walk is a new venture: please support Dianne if you’re free!

07737 658791

 

Alkham Village Hall CT15 7BZ (TR256422) Short lunch stop – advise sandwiches! Tea at the Marquis Pub. Alkham at the end.

Sun 10th

10am

Xmas Lunch!

5.5m half day walk from Sandwich. Work up an appetite for Christmas Lunch on this circular walk around the coastal paths of Sandwich.

07734 202262

Gazen Salts CP, Strand Road, Sandwich CT13 9HN (TR329582).

The group Christmas Lunch follows – but all are welcome on the walk even if you have not booked for the lunch.

Tues 12th

10am

 

5m social walk from Rhodes Minnis through woodland and across farmland. Walk at a pace that suits you!

07770 762558

The Lord Whiskey tea rooms CP, Park House, Rhodes Minnis CT4 6XY (TR148438). Please patronise the tea rooms as we use their car park

Sun 17th

10am

 

11m Full day walk from Challock.  Quite hilly but with lovely views over Eastwell Park and a section of the North Downs Way

07875 767803

Challock Village Hall CP TN25 4AU (TR010505). Bring a picnic lunch – the pub has closed!

Sun 17th

10am

 

5.5m half day walk from Etchinghill. An undulating walk with one steepish climb but good views of the sea and the Elham Valley.

07753 421266

Etchinghill village hall CP CT18 8NQ (TR167392) donations welcome. Chris invites you to join her for pre-Christmas coffee, mince pies and mulled wine afterwards at The Studio Cottage!

Tues 26th

10am & 1.30pm

Boxing Day fig of 8 from Boughton: am 6miles/pm 5miles. Across the golf course towards Selling in the morning. Through woodland to Hernhill with lovely views in the afternoon returning via Mount Ephraim.

07525 167365

 

Boughton Village Hall CP ME13 9AH (TR057595). Parking either in the High Street on the road or the village hall CP. Lunch stop at the Queen’s Head.

JANUARY

Mon 1st

10am

 

New Years Day 6m half day walk from Bridge through rolling farmland to the pretty village of Bishopsbourne and around the orchards of Higham Park.

07875 767803

Bridge Recreation ground CT4 5BL (TR185544). Park in Patrixbourne Road. Celebrate the New Year at the Red Lion afterwards!

Sun 7th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Bridge to Bossingham and back through fields and woods with gentle hills via Bishopsbourne and Bursted Wood. Return via Lower Hardres and Whitehill Wood.

 

07785 522177

The recreation ground, Patrixbourne Road, Bridge CT4 5BL (TR185543) or bus 17 from Canterbury. Lunch at the Hop Pocket, Bossingham. No dogs, please.

Sun 7th

10am

 

5.5m half day circular walk from Sheldwich Lees via Baddlesmere and the Sheldwich Valley through woods and open countryside.

01795 532913

Sheldwich Lees village hall CP ME13 0ED (TR015564) Dogs on leads please as sheep are usually present.

Sun 14th

10am & 1.15pm

10 miles figure of eight walk from Broad Oak through woods and over open countryside. Could be wet underfoot.

01227 364884

The Golden Lion pub, Broad Oak CT2 0QJ (TR166616). Lunch is available at the pub. No dogs, please.

Tues 16th

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 to 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 King’s Head pub if you wish.

Sun 21st

10am

 

12m full day walk from South Foreland Lighthouse, St Margaret’s at Cliffe. A scenic coastal walk to Oldstairs Bay, then inland to Ringwold, returning via woodland and pretty undulating countryside.

07737 658791

S. Foreland Lighthouse, St Margaret’s (TR359432) Please bring sandwiches for a short lunch break: Tea in St Margaret’s near the end.

Sun 21st

10am

6m half day walk from Grove Ferry across open country by the Sarre Penn and Nethergong Penn.

07729 256721

Grove Ferry CP (not the pub!) CT3 4BP (TR235632). There is a small charge for the car park.

Sun 28th

10am

9m full day walk from Teynham across fairly easy countryside to Newnham and back.

07733 066354

Teynham Railway Station (free parking on Sundays) ME9 9EB (TQ956631). Pub stop The George, Newnham: food available.

Sun 28th

10.15am

 

7m half day linear walk from Selling Railway Station to Faversham via Selling village, Owens Court and Macknade. Partly through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with stiles and one hill. Otherwise flat easy walking.

01622 299947

Selling Railway Station ME13 9PW (TR052572) return by train. Park here or take the train from Canterbury East or Faversham. Note the later start time to accommodate the train schedule.

FEBRUARY

Sat 3rd

10am/2pm

Area AGM

4.5m circular walk from Littlebourne Village Hall round orchards and farmland perhaps with some rather surprising wildlife! This walk follows the area AGM, which we host this year - please come to lend your support!

07793 808328

Littlebourne Village Hall CT3 1ST (TR208575). Please park in one of the roads near the recreation ground. Please come and help with the morning’s meeting – lunch will be provided.

Sun 4th

10am

10m full day’s walk from Hawkinge across fields and through woods via Reinden Woods, Swingfield Street and Densole.

07887 781964

Fernfield Lane, Hawkinge opposite the old waste plant. CT18 7AW (TR223409). Lunch at the Black Horse, Densole.

Sun 4th

10am

6.5m half day walk around Stelling Minnis through woodlands and valleys with a couple of hills.

07791 309784

Stelling Minnis Post Office CT4 6AS (TR142469). Please leave room for locals to park near the PO.

Sun 11th

10am

 

10m full day’s circular walk from Eastry, site of the ancient palace of Saxon Kings, to Sandwich Mediaeval town and back. Easy flattish walking through delightful hamlets, fields and orchards.

07729 850271

Free CP next to Eastry surgery, High Street, Eastry CT13 0HE (TR309547). Lunch stop in Sandwich Mediaeval town with pubs and tea rooms.

Sun 11th

10.00am

6.5m Half day from Hoath. Dance around the Maypole(!?) via the quiet marshland of Chislet and East Blean Woods.

07875 767803

East Blean woods NNR CP, Hicks Forstall Road, Hoath CT3 4JS (TR193643)

Tues 13th

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 their car park

Sun 18th

10am

 

10m Full day walk from Wingham to Preston and back through apple orchards via tracks which are generally good for winter, although be prepared for some muddy fields.

01303 894237

Wingham CP CT3 1AA (TR244576) Lunch stop in Preston at the pub or Preston Garden Centre: food available. No dogs please.

Sun 18th

10am

6.5m half day walk from Faversham via Luddenham and Bysing Wood. There are a few stiles and one short steep hill.

07876 067840

Faversham Guildhall market place ME13 7AE (TR015613) Town CP for 3hours or bus no.3 from Canterbury. No dogs, please.

Sun 25th

10am

 

12m full day’s walk from Selling through Perry Wood and King’s Wood along the North Downs Way to Chilham and back through orchards. Some hills and a few stiles, but an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

01622 299947

Selling School CP ME13 9RG (TR038565). Lunch stop in Chilham with a choice of pubs and coffee shop.

Sun 25th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Canterbury along the Stour Valley Way to Bigbury Hill Fort and back along the North Downs Way through Harbledown, with maybe a pause at the Old Coach and Horses?

07734 202262

Canterbury West Gate Towers gardens CT1 2DB (TR146581)