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Walks Programme

Walks during Covid-19 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. 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”.

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

  4. To make things easier for the leaders we would ask you to send a text message before 7pm on the day prior to the walk although this is not essential. If you book in advance, the leader will be able to notify you directly of any last minute changes.

  5. 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.



Advise for walkers

  • Please bring suitable clothing and footwear
  • Dogs on leads are allowed unless otherwise stated
  • Please car share or travel by public transport where possible  
  • 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.
  • Check website for any last minute changes

   WALK LEADER DOCUMENTS

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

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

   
 
     WINTER WALKS PROGRAMME 2021/2022            Dates other than Sunday are highlighted.


DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START(POSTCODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

OCTOBER

 

CANTERBURY FESTIVAL WALKS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW

All Canterbury Festival walks must be booked via the Festival website or by phoning the box office.

 

 

Mon 25th

Oct 10 am

5 miles The river bridges, mills and waterways of Canterbury -36 Bridges of Canterbury

Cliff

07734 202262

Book via Festival website

The bandstand, Dane John Gardens  CT1 2QS

Tues 26th

Oct 10am

5 miles Little Stour, Big Skies

Wide vistas from Little Stour, Visit open-air locomotive museum, Preston Court and Preston church

Rob V

07557 303674

Book via Festival website

Preston Garden Centre car park CT3 1ED

Thurs 28th

Oct 10am

 

A Middle ring walk - possibly most interesting section - 3 hrs

Alan

07798 645141

Book via Festival website

Marlowe Theatre CT1 2AS

Fri 29th

Oct 10am

St Martins and Fordwich - from birthplace of Christianity To England’s smallest town (refreshment stop at George & Dragon) via Legacy park and country tracks - 3 hrs

Alan

07798 645141

Book via Festival website

St Martins’ church, Canterbury CT1 1QJ

Sat 30th

Oct 10am

Houses and churches of the Nailbourne Valley from Bridge to Bekesbourne - walking part of via Francigena

Cliff

07734 202262

Book via Festival website

Opposite White Horse Inn, Bridge CT4 5LA

Sun 31st 

Oct  10am

6.5 mile half day walk from Selling Station. Hopefully some autumn colours in Perry Wood – Great views from The Pulpit.

Linda

07525 167365

text to book a place

Selling Station CP ME13 9FF or parking in the road.

 

Sun 31st

Oct 10am

9 mile full day walk from Stelling Minnis through woodland and valleys with a couple of hills.

Jenny K

07791 309784

text to book a place

Stelling Minnis PO, please leave room for locals to park near PO. CT4 6AS TR142469


DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START(POSTCODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION
 

NOVEMBER

Sun 7th

10am

5.5 half day  walk through Whitehill woods and across orchards towards Bishopsbourne. Followed by AGM at 2:00pm

Hilary

07557 401389
 

Lower Hardres Village Hall, TR147533, CT4 5NP

Sun 14th

10am

11.6 full day walk from Chilham starting and ending on the NDW. Explore paths between Chartham and Godmersham and in between, with a choice of great picnic stops. Some testing hills , a few stiles

Alan R

07798 645141
 

Chilham CP, Taylors Hill TQ067536, CT4 8DD.

Bus or train to Chilham

Sun 14th

10am

5.5 mile half day walk from Aylesham via Womenswold and Nonington. A varied town and country route

Brian

07887 781964
 

Aylesham railway station car park, Ackholt Road

CT3 3AS

Sun 21st

10am

11 mile full day walk from Aldington, through fields, woods and along the Royal Military Canal and some minor roads.  Gentle slopes with some gates and stiles. Watch out for the smugglers that used to operate in this area.

Bob

07504 909591

Park opposite the Walnut Tree PH. TR063366,

TN25 7DT

Sun 21st

10am

6.5 mile half day walk  from Selling Station to Perry Wood via Shottenden, walking through Orchards, woods and fields. Some steep hills.

Ruth

07740 360870

Park Selling Railway Station, TR052752, ME13 9FF.

Trains from Canterbury East/Faversham

Meet outside the tea room.

Sun 28th

10am

10 mile full day from Wye via the Crown and Hastingleigh with great views.

Linda

07525 167365

Wye Church TN25 5BL (TR055467) Parking in road or free cp. Pub is now open.

Sun 28th

10am

6 mile half day walk  from Sandwich along the river and through countryside to the reach passing a bird observatory on the return.

Ruth

07740 360870

Meet outside the Salutation Garden Gate TR334582, CT13 9EW. Free parking at Gazen Salts CP CT13 9HN. Charges apply at the Quay CP outside the gardens. 

DECEMBER

Sun 5th

10am

11 mile full day walk from Challock , Hilly with a section of the North Downs Way. Great views over Westwell and Eastwell Park

Julia

07875 767803

Challock Village hall CP TR010505,  TN25 4AU

Picnic Lunch

Sun 5th

10am

7 mile half day walk from Chilham eastwards, part on NDW, part SVW and part others, a doorway (!) and some rushing waters

Alan R

07798 645141

Chilham CP, Taylors Hill TQ067536, CT4 8DD

Bus or train to Chilham.

Sat 11th

10am

Work up an appetite with a  5.5 half day walk with great views to the coast. Followed by Christmas Lunch  at 1:00pm

Marita

07534 117323

Chestfield Barn, Whitstable CT5 3LU

Sun 12th

10am

10 mile full day walk  from Sandown Castle. A blast of winter sea air from the ruins of Sandown Castle! We walk along the seashore and across the golf links to Sandwich, returning via the bird reserve at Worth.

Cliff

07734 202262

Sandown Castle - North of Deal. Park in nearby roads. TR376543, CT14 6QU

Sandwiches in Sandwich! Pubs/restaurants and fish and chips available.

Sun 12th

10am

6 mile half day walk from Chilham - A ‘Mistletoe Walk’ - we can expect to find bunches of mistletoe on some of the trees as we walk to Godmersham and return along the opposite side of the Stour Valley.

Jenny K

07791 309784

Chilham CP, Taylors Hill TQ067536, CT4 8DD

Bus or train to Chilham.

Sun 19th

Full day walk - No walk

 

 

 

Sun  19th

10am

6 mile half day walk from Selling School CP through fields via Lees Court and Rabbit Valley. A few stiles and hills.

 Penny

07719 894960  

Selling School CP, TR147533, ME13 9RQ

Sun 26th

10am

Boxing day walk - 6m morning walk via Dane Street, Kings wood and Godmersham Park with great views.

Linda

07525 167365

Chilham CP, Taylors Hill TQ067536, CT4 8DD

 

Thur 30th

10am

7 mile morning walk from Walmer - Walk of Christmas with a moderate walk along the coast, through woodlands (where we may find a Christmas surprise) and across fields.

Jenny K

07791 309784 

Kingsdown Road, free CP, Walmer at the end of Granville Road. TR379485,  CT14 7LU

JANUARY

Sun  2nd

10am

Fig 8 full/half day walk from St Nicholas-at-Wade. Flat land and open sky. Afternoon starts at 13:45pm. Picnic in St Nicholas. There is a pub and shop.

Chris B

07855 898234

Meet in Potten Street Road (North of the A299), by the foot bridge and Hedgend Industrial Estate . TR266672, CT7 0NB

 

Sun 9th

10am

9 miles full day walk  from Charing. Hilly with a mixture of woodlands, open views and attractive properties. Picnic stop Stalisfield Green

 Brian C

07887 781964

Charing Railway Station CP TN27 0JA. Sunday parking £1.00 (recommend via APCOA phone app)

The pub currently operates as an advance booking table service restaurant so don't rely on the use of any of their facilities.

Sun 9th

10am

6 mile half day walk from Lower Hardres, open country with a few stiles and hills.

Penny

07719 894960

Lower Hardres Village Hall, TR147533, CT4 5NP

Sun 16th 

10am

10 mile full day walk from Sandwich - fairly flat walk taking in The Stour riverbank, a view of Richborough Roman Fort and a section of the Stour Valley Walk. Returning via Ash and Marshborough

Dave M

07470 693584

Gazen Salts CP, Strand Street Sandwich (free on Sundays) TR329586 CT13 9HN

Bus 43 from Canterbury - Picnic lunch.

Sun 16th

10am

6 mile half day walk from the Chequer Inn, Ash via Staple and Barnsole.

Richard S

07443 860356

Chequer Inn, Chequer Lane, Ash CT3 2ET

Sun 23rd

10am

Full/Half fig 8 walk from Boughton.  (5.5m plus 5m). Morning towards Dunkirk towards Blean Wood with stunning views across the Swale, then through Dargate, Hernhill and Mount Ephraim. After lunch, we will explore the countryside to the west of Boughton via the ‘Coffin Trail’ to Boughton Church and then Iron Hill

Cliff

07734 202262

Meet at The Queens Head pub, Boughton ME13 9BH

Parking in The Street .  Bus no 3 from Canterbury or Favresham.

Lunch at the Queens Head or picnic in Boughton rec.

Afternoon starts at 1:30pm

Sun 30th

10am

10 mile full day walk from Barham towards Selsted. Mainly fields and woods so likely to be muddy. No pub stop so please bring a picnic.

Hilary

07557 401389

Meet at Barham village green  CT4 6NX

Sun 30th

10am

7 mile half day walk  from Selling Railway Station. A very attractive walk in the Kent Downs, AONB, through Orchards, woodland and open countryside. Excellent views from Perry Wood pulpit. Some stiles and steep climbs.

Andrew

07759 839128

Selling Railway Station, TR052752, ME13 9FF.

Trains from Canterbury East/Faversham

Tea room at the end - former pub Sondas Arms

FEBRUARY

Sun 6th

10am

12 mile full day walk from Capel le Ferne, village hall to Paddlesworth with some stiles and great views across the channel.

Picnic lunch with a short stop at the Cat & Custard Pot for a drink.

Nick and Mollie

07954 377247
 

Capel le Ferne Village Hall, Lancaster Avenue TR249388, CT18 7LX

Park on the road.

Sun 6th

10am

6.5 mile half day walk from Chilham. A very picturesque walk in the Kent Downs, AONB with good views across the Stour Valley. Passing historic Chilham Castle, Godmersham Park House and Chilham Watermill. One steep hill and one stile, otherwise easy walking.

Andrew

07759 839128

 
 

Chilham Lower CP, off A252. TR066536 CT4 8DD

Tea Room and Pub at the end.

Bus or train to Chilham

Sun 13th

10am

12.5 mile full day walk from Ash to Sandwich, fairly flat, open sky and could be muddy.

 

Chris B

07855 898234

Meet by the CO-OP, TR285584,  CT3 2EW Parking in the cp opposite.

Sun 13th

10am

6.4 mile half day walk from Harbledown through Chartham Hatch to Bigbury returning via Blean Woods

 

Richard S

07443 860356

Old Coach and Horses, Church Hill Harbledown

CT2 9AB

Sun 20th

10am

10.5 mile full day walk  from Wye Downs. Along the North Downs Way to Stowting with vast views across the coastal plain to the sea and back to Brabourne church and Troy Town. Steep climb at the end around the Devil’s Kneading trough. Some possibly  awkward stiles en route.

Cliff

07734 202262

Meet Wye Downs Nature Reserve CP £3.00 voluntary charge. TN25 5HX (nearest) TR077456. Pub stop, possibly the Tiger Inn.

Sun  20th

10am

6.5 mile half day walk from Lyminge. A hilly walk through lovely countryside going towards Farthing Common with great views on a clear day.

Rosemary

07445 494948

Lyminge Library CP. TR164411, CT18 8HS

 

Sun  27th

10am

11 mile full day  varied walk from Boughton taking in the villages of Hernhill and Graveney and the picturesque creek and market town of Faversham . Return via Boughton church.  Lunch options at Standard Quay in Faversham

Bev

07729 850271

Meet at The Queens Head pub, Boughton ME13 9BH

Parking either in The Street or Boughton Village Hall CP (entrance through the recreation ground off Bull Lane ME13 9AH)

Sun 27th

10am

5 mile morning walk from Herne Bay to Reculver. Leisurely coastal walk with gentle slopes and some steps. Bring your own elevenses or use the cafe at Reculver.

Julia

07875 767803

Start at sea level on the promenade in front of King’s Hall,  Beacon Hill Herne Bay CT6 6BA Park along Beacon Hill Road.