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Walks Programme

Walks during the ‘easing’ of restrictions:

1.   We do, of course, have to continue to practice ‘physical distancing’ on walks and we would not expect you to join us if you have recently experienced COVID-19 symptoms or been in contact with somebody who has.

2.      We also advise you to bring hand-sanitiser, a face covering and a glove (to avoid touching gates and stiles etc).

3.    We have decided to limit the groups to 20 and need to set up a booking system to ensure that we keep within that limit. So, we ask that you do not phone leaders, but send a text message before 7pm on the day prior to the walk. Leaders’ mobile phone numbers have been included for this purpose and you will be informed should the walk be fully booked. Of course, if you have to cancel, we would expect you to inform the leader.

4.    Almost certainly pubs will be closed or operating under some form of constraint, so pub lunch-stops will be affected and folk attending full day walks will need to bring picnics and sufficient drinks for the day.

     Please note that, prior to the walk, in case of one of the group developing symptoms, the Ramblers require you to: “Provide the walk leader with your contact details to support NHS contact tracing”. Please read Ramblers' info here. LINK


  • 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.

   WALK LEADER DOCUMENTS

"Aide Memoir for Leaders C19" - "Walk register template C19" - "Risk Assessment Form C19" - "Incident report form" 

  If anyone encounters a problem with a public right of way then report it to KCC.  Report a Fault

    REVISED SUMMER WALKS PROGRAMME 2020    Please note different days are now colour coded

 

DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START (POST CODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

OCTOBER

Sun 4th

10am

 

11m full day walk from Newnham to Stalisfield Green and back, through woodlands and across open fields with a few small hills and no stiles.

Ross

07962 810138

Text to book a place

Newnham Church ME9 0LL (TQ954576) Lunch on the green at Stalisfield. Please bring a picnic lunch

Sun 11th

10am

 

10.5m full day walk from the University of Kent, Canterbury, towards Tyler Hill, exploring woods and fields in the Broad Oak Valley.

Rosemary

07445 494948

Text to book a place

Giles Lane Car Park, University of Kent CT2 7NB (TR140601) Triangle bus service from Canterbury. Please bring a picnic lunch.

Sun 11th

10am

 

5m half day from Canterbury to Fordwich and back. A chance to experience Rob’s ‘St Martin’s and Beyond’ festival walk through an historical, varied landscape to Fordwich, returning after a pause at the pub.

Cliff

07734 202262

Text to book a place

St Martin’s Church CT1 1PW (TR158577)

The Canterbury Festival begins on Saturday 17th through to Saturday 31st October

We have a number of walks in the festival, details of which may be found in their programme. You are welcome to attend these, although, since people pay the Festival fee to join them, it is advisable to contact the leader beforehand to ensure that there is space and we hope that you will be prepared to help out (backmarking etc).

 

Sat 17th

10am

 

Festival Walk: 6m ‘Canterbury Rings Walk – An Introduction to the Middle Ring.’ Discover interesting buildings and countryside, with fine views of the Cathedral from footpaths through and the around fringes of the City.

Alan

07798 645141

See the note above

Marlowe Theatre, river side. CT1 2AS (TR147581)

Sun 18th

10am

 

12.5m full day walk from Wincheap (Canterbury). Take to the woods in the morning via Bigbury and Rhode Common to Chilham, then return via Chartham and the banks of the Stour.

Chris B.

07855 898234

Text to book a place

Faulkners Lane, by Kent College Juniors CT2 9AQ, TR 124 581.  Lunch in Chilham (possibly pubs and café but bring a picnic anyway).

Sun 18th

10am

 

6.4m half day from Challock through King’s Wood through spreading beech trees towards Godmersham and back: easy walking and no stiles.

Richard

07443 860356

Text to book a place

The White Hill car park in Kings Wood, Challock TN25 4AR (nearest postcode) (TR023499)

Mon 19th

9.45am

 

Festival Walk: Enjoy the paths around Broome Park with Kitchener history and a cream tea at the end. Approx 5m

Penny

07719 894960

See the note above

Broome Park Hotel car park CT4 6QX (TR223497)

Weds 21st

10am

 

Festival Walk: ‘St Martin’s and Beyond.’ 5m from Canterbury to Fordwich and back. Visit St Martin’s before walking to through an historical, varied landscape to Fordwich, returning after a pause at the pub.

Rob

07557 303674

See the note above

St Martin’s Church CT1 1PW (TR158577)

Sat 24th

10am

 

Festival Walk: ‘Views of the Stour Valley from the North Downs Way, passing through Godmersham Park, returning via lovely old Chilham Mill.’ Approx 6m.

Andrew

07759 839128

See the note above

Chilham Car Park off the A252. CT4 8DD (TR066536)

Sun 25th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Old Hawkinge to Swingfield via Densole and Reinden Woods.

Brian

07887 781964

Text to book a place

Fernhill Lane, Hawkinge (best approached from The Street) CT18 7AW (TR223409). Please bring a picnic for lunch in Densole

Sun 25th

10am

                          

6m Half day walk from Barham across fields and through woodland with some hills.

Penny

07719 894960

Text to book a place

Barham Village Green opposite the Duke of Cumberland CT4 6NY (TR208502). Bus no. 17 from Canterbury

Mon 26th

10am

 

Festival Walk: Enjoy wide vistas from the banks of the Little Stour. Return via the open-air locomotive museum and Preston Court and church. Approx. 5m

Rob

07557 303674

See the note above

The Garden Centre, The Street, Preston. CT3 1ED (TR251612) Please patronise the café as we use their car park.

 

Weds 28th

10am

 

Festival Walk: ‘The Bridges, Waterways and Mills of Canterbury’: 5m. There are at least 36 bridges in Canterbury. Try to visit them all and the sites of ancient mills.

Cliff

07734 202262

See the note above

Dane john Gardens, Canterbury CT1 2RN (TR148574)

Sat 31st

10am

 

Festival Walk: More Mills: 5.2m walk along river-banks, through woodlands and picturesque villages, pausing at Wickhambreaux and passing two ancient watermills.

Cliff

07734 202262

See the note above

Wingham car park, CT3 1AA (TR244576)

  FIRST PART OF WINTER WALKS PROGRAMME 2020/2021    Please note different days are now colour coded
 

DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START (POST CODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

NOVEMBER

Sun 1st

10am

 

11m full day from Farthing Common along the N Downs Way to West Wood and then Elham before returning southwards via the Elham Valley Way and Lyminge, across fields and through woods with stiles and moderate slopes.

Bob

07504 909591

Text to book a place

Farthing Common TR136404 (no post code). Please bring a picnic lunch.

Sun 1st

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Lyminge to Elham, returning via Rhodes Minnis. Some hills but with lovely views over Elham Valley

Christine B.

07753 421266

Text to book a place

Lyminge library CP CT18 8HS (TR164410) Bus no. 17 from Canterbury to Folkestone.

Sun 8th

10am

AGM

5.5m half day walk from Lower Hardres towards Bishopsbourne through woods and across fields followed by the virtual AGM at 2.30pm.

Hilary

07557 401389

Text to book a place

Lower Hardres Village Hall CT4 5NP (TR147534). The AGM follows at 2.30pm via Zoom link. NB.In view of the rule of 6 the AGM will be held over this virtual link. See email for details.

Sun 15th

10am

12m pleasant full day walk from Bishopsbourne through farmland and woodland with some stiles and easy hills.

Nick

07954377247

Text to book a place

Bishopsbourne, Tadpole Tea Room CP, Frog Lane CT4 5HR (TR191528). Please bring a picnic lunch – tea rooms at the end.

Sun 15th

10am

 

6m half day from Folkestone Garden Centre, Swingfield towards Denton: fairly undulating but on good paths with lovely views.

Christine B.

07753 421266

Text to book a place

Folkestone Garden Centre, Swingfield on the A260 CT15 7HX (TR215432). Please park to the right immediately inside the gate and please patronise the café as we use their car park.

Sun 22nd

10am

 

11m full day varied walk from Chilham via Juliberrie Downs along the Stour Valley Way before heading into Kings Wood via Godmersham Park with great views, hopefully,  of autumn colours and then to Perry Wood before returning.

Linda

07525 167365

Text to book a place

Chilham Lower CP off the A252 CT4 8DD (TR066537) Please bring a picnic lunch.

Sun 22nd

10am

 

Half day from Sheldwich Lees through open country, orchards, fields and woods with some hills, but not too challenging.

Val

07768 174185

Text to book a place

Sheldwich Lees village hall CP or by the side of the Lees. ME13 0LG (TR015561)

Sun 29th

10am

 

9.5m full day from Adisham Railway Station: a circuit around the outskirts of Aylesham through the pretty villages of Nonington, Woolage Green and Womenswold.

Julia

07875 767803

Text to book a place

Adisham Railway Station CT3 3JE (TR233539) lunch stop in Woolage Green: please bring a picnic.

Sun 29th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Elham exiting to the north ascending the valley. We will pass through farmlands to reach Bedlam and descend into the valley again to return. Prize for the pheasant spotted!

Paul

07793 808328

Text to book a place

The Kings Arms, Elham Village Square CT4 6TH (TR177438). Park in the main road if the square is full. Bus no 17 from Canterbury.

DECEMBER

Sun 6th

10am

 

12m full day from Fordwich across Scotland Hills, skirting South Canterbury and following the Elham Valley Way to Bridge, returning via Howlett’s Zoo.

Chris B.

07855 898234

Text to book a place

Marlow Meadows, Fordwich CT2 0BT (TR179599). Lunch in Bridge with pubs and a shop, but please bring a packed lunch.

Sun 6th

10am

 

7.5m Half day walk from Chilham, up the hill to Denge Wood, sashaying through Eggringe Wood, then back down the hill by a different route.

Dave

07470 693584

Text to book a place

Chilham Village CP CT4 8DD (TR066566) or rail from Canterbury or Ashford to Chilham Station (meet the group at Mill Lane by arrangement).

Sun 13th

10am

 

11m full day walk from UKC Canterbury: winter walking through West Blean Nature Reserve, Thornden Wood, Clowes Wood and Blean National Nature Reserve.

Beverley

07729 850271

Text to book a place

Giles Lane CP (University of Kent) CT2 7NB (TR140600): free parking on Sundays. Please bring a picnic for lunch.

Sun 13th

10am

 

6.3m half day from Harbledown to Chartham Hatch, returning via Rough Common and Neal’s Place. A little undulating with some stiles.

Richard

07443 860356

Text to book a place

The Old Coach and Horses Inn, Church Hill, Harbledown CT2 9AB (TR131583). Parking in the road.

Sun 20th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Goodnestone passing grand country houses and abandoned mines, through lovely parkland with ancient trees and stopping off to admire the beautiful Norman church at Barfreston.

Cliff

07734 202262

Text to book a place

Goodnestone, The Fitzwalter Arms CT3 1PL (TR255546) park in The Street or along by Goodnestone Park House. Please bring a picnic lunch.

Sun 20th

10am

 

7m half day walk from Wye Downs through the lovely Kent Downs with a stop at Crundale Church and great views all the way.

Rosemary

07445 494948

Text to book a place

Wye Downs CP TN25 5HX (TR077456)

Sat 26th

10am

Boxing Day

7m half day walk from Chilham via the Great Stour then heading towards Old Wives Lees and the edge of Perry Wood before returning to Chilham through open Countryside.

Linda

07525 167365

Text to book a place

Chilham Lower CP off the A252 CT4 8DD (TR066537) Please bring a picnic lunch.

Sun 27th

10am

 

10m moderate full day walk from Lyminge via Paddlesworth to the Saxon Shore Way with great views across the Channel, returning through Peene and Etchinghill. Some stiles and hills

Nick

07954377247

Text to book a place

Lyminge village hall CP CT18 8EW (TR162406). Please bring a picnic lunch.