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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

WALK LEADERS - "Attendance form" for filling in at start of the walk

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SPRING WALKS PROGRAMME 2018    Please note different days are now colour coded

 

FEBRUARY

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)

MARCH

Sun 4th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Dover Western Heights over hills and clifftops with great views across Dover and The Channel.

07887 781964

Car park at the top of the hill, North Military Road TR313411 (no suitable post code). Pub stop at The Royal Oak, Capel.

Sun 4th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Faversham to Painters Forestall via Badgin Wood and back. There are a few stiles and hills.

07876 067840

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

Sun 11th

10am

Mothers’ Day

10m full day walk from Leysdown (Isle of Sheppey) across open marshland with big skies and birds.

07544 053035

Park by the sea wall on Shellness Road ME12 4RJ (TR043698).

Lunch at the Ferry Inn but bring a picnic as the pub is booked up for Mothering Sunday.

Sun 11th,

10am

Mothers’ Day

6m half day woodland walk from Thornden Wood car park taking in Thornden Wood, Clowes Wood and West Blean Nature Reserve via Chestfield golf course. A few moderate upward slopes.

07557 303674

Thornden Wood, CT6 7NZ (TR144633) car parking on both sides of the road. Meet on the west, Thornden Wood, side. Car share where possible.

Weds 14th

10am

 

5.5m social, circular walk from The Sportsman Pub Seasalter along the coast and inland to Graveney.

07770 762558

Sportsman Pub, Seasalter (park on road opposite) CT5 4BP (TR062648). Lunch at the Freewheel Pub, Graveney – excellent home cooked food at reasonable prices!

Sun 18th

10.30am & 1.30pm

Figure of 8 (6m+5m) from University of Kent through the ancient woods of Blean towards Harbeldown in the morning and Tyler Hill in the afternoon. A chance to meet the new MP for the City who may join us for the morning.

01227 751989

UKC St Giles Lane CP CT2 7NB (TR140601) or Unibus from Canterbury/No.36 from Herne Bay/Whitstable. Cafes/bars for lunch on the University campus.

Sun 25th

10am

BST begins

9m full day walk from Oare to Conyer via the churches of Luddenham and Teynham and back along the Saxon Shore Way with views across the Swale.

07729 256721

Harty Ferry CP TR013647 (no post code). Please note that the car park here is small, so please car share if possible. Lunch at The Ship Inn, Conyer.

Sun 25th

10am

BST begins

6.5m half day from Wye Downs. A scenic walk along the Downs via Crundale Church with a couple of hills, looking for signs of Spring.

07445 494948

Wye Downs CP TR079453. (nearest post code TN25 5HE)

APRIL

            It may seem that we’ve only just started this programme, but I shall be circulating leaders with requests for the next one. Always looking out for new leaders, if you have a nice summer/autumn walk you’d like to share with other members, please contact me on 07734 202262 or 01227 751989

Sun 1st

9am

Easter Sunday

14m Full day challenging walk from Bishopsbourne with spring flowers and pretty woods. Numerous stiles and several hills but the promise of tea at the end. Please note the early start time.

01227 364884

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

Sun 1st

10am

Easter Sunday

6m half day walk from Bishopsbourne - a little hilly but with lovely views along the Elham Valley Way towards Bridge.

07719 894960

Gally’s Farm Shop/The Tadpole Tea Rooms CP, Frog Lane, Bishopsbourne CT4 5HR (TR190527). Please patronise the tea rooms as we use their car park.

Mon 2nd

10am

Easter Mon.

11m full day walk from Shepherdswell to Goodnestone via the hIstoric Romanesque church of Barfreston and Fredville park with it’s amazing ancient monumental sweet chestnut trees. Return via Goodneston park and Chillenden.

07734 202262

Shepherdswell station CT15 7PE (TR258482) Lunch in Goodnestone at the Fitzwalter Arms (may need booking 01304 840303) or Goodnestone House tea rooms

Sun 8th

10am and 1.15pm

Fig of 8 from Wingham (5.5m +5.7m) half/full day walk over mainly flat countryside.

 

01303 894237

The Anchor Inn, Wingham CT3 1BJ (TR244576) nr Wingham Village CP. Book a table for lunch on 01227 720392. No dogs please.

Sun 15th

10am

 

12m full day walk from Reculver Towers along the Saxon Shore Way and Wantsum Walk to St Nicholas at Wade. Return via the coast.

01227 472005

Reculver Towers CP (parking charges apply). CT6 6SU (TR225692). Lunch at the Sun Inn, St Nicholas at Wade.

Sun 15th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Fordwich through bluebell woods and across fields.

07719 894960

The George and Dragon pub, Fordwich CT2 0DB (TR179597). Please only use their car park if you intend to patronise the pub! Buses no.6 or 8 from Canterbury or train to Sturry.

Sat 21st

9.00am

 

18m full day challenging walk from Kearsney, Dover along the Alkham Valley to Denton in association with the LDWA so at a brisk pace! Hilly with stiles, but lots of lovely views.

07737 658791

Kearsney Abbey, Dover CP CT16 3DZ (TR288438) – meet near the café. Pub lunch at the Jackdaw, Denton (booking advised).

Sun 22nd

10am

 

12m full day walk from Tonbridge through the High Weald AONB to the south of Tonbridge along sections of 3 long distance paths: Eden Valley Way, Wealdway and Tunbridge Wells Circular. Stiles and some hills.

07759 839128

Tonbridge Railway Station TN9 1TT (TQ587460) Trains from Canterbury West via Ashford Int. Pub stop TBA

Sun 22nd

10am

 

6m half day ‘Lovers’ Oak Walk’ from Elham through the valleys to Stelling Minnis and return.

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.

Sun 29th

10am

 

12m full day walk from Appledore to Woodchurch. Follow part of the Saxon Shore Way through vineyards and farmland, returning via Great Heron and Little Heron Woods

 

07525 167365

Appledore Village CP TN26 2AE (TQ955297) by the village hall or park on the road. Lunch stop at the Six Bells, Woodchurch.

Sun 29th

10am

6.5m half day walk from Lower Harbledown along the Stour Valley Way to Chartham Hatch and back along the North Downs Way.

07740 360870

Meet by St Michael’s Church CT2 8NW (TR132581) Park in the road or bus from Canterbury or Faversham.

MAY

Sun 6th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Stelling Minnis across open fields and woodland with some hills.

07791 309784

Stelling Minnis post office CT4 6AS (TR142469). Please don’t park close to the PO. Bring a picnic lunch but cream teas are available afterwards at the windmill. No dogs, please.

Sun 6th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Adisham across the fields and through woodlands to the Barham Downs with distant views of the coast.

07740 360870

Adisham railway station CT3 3JE (TR233539) or trains from Canterbury East or Dover.

Bank Holiday

Mon 7th

From 10am

Five Church Walk from Chilham, Challock, Molash, Boughton Aluph or Godmersham Churches. Start wherever you like and walk the whole way (17 miles) or as far as you like between any of them.

Contact the website.

Organised by the churches: refreshments may be bought en route at each one. £5min donation – not a led-walk, but contact www.thefivechurchwalk.co.uk for more information.

Sun 13th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Grove Ferry through the flat watery world of reeds and big skies of the Stour Valley with a lunch stop in Preston.

07875 767803

Grove Ferry CP – not the pub CP, please (parking charges apply). CT3 4BP (TR236631). Lunch stop in Preston – choice of The Half Moon and Seven Stars pub or the Garden Centre Café.

Sun 13th

10am

 

7m half day walk from Challock through Kingswood, hopefully still carpeted with bluebells, to Boughton Aluph and Eastwell manor with a couple of hills but wonderful views.

01795 532913

Challock Village Hall CP TN25 4AT (TR013503)

Sun 20th

10am

 

9m full day walk from Charing via part of the picturesque Greensand Way and through cherry orchards to a lunch stop at the Black Horse, in the haunted village of Pluckley.

07733 066354

Charing Railway Station TN27 0HZ (TQ950491). Lunch stop at the Black Horse, Pluckley (food available 01233 841948)

Sun 20th

10am

 

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

07753 421266

Etchinghill Village Hall CP CT18 8NQ (TR167392) – donations welcome!

Tues 22nd

10am

 

5m social walk at an easy pace from Chilham towards Dane Street and over the hill into Kingswood and down to Godmerhsam, returning along Mountain Street or the Stour Valley Way.

07770 762558

Chilham Village lower CP, just off the A252 CT4 8BZ (TR066536)

Sun 27th 

10am and 1.15pm

11m half/full day figure of 8 walk (5m in the morning/6m in the afternoon) from the Canterbury Garden Centre, Herne through attractive woods and countryside with tea and cakes at the end.

01227 364884

Canterbury Garden Centre, Canterbury Road, Herne CT6 7LI (TR174646). Park at the furthest point from the entrance or Triangle bus 4&6. Lunch at the Garden centre. No dogs please.

JUNE

Sat 2nd

and Sun 3rd

 

Elham Valley Walking Festival: various walks from 3.5m, 7.5m 10m and 23m along and around the valley.

 

Contact via the website

Information on elhamvalleywalkingfestival.co.uk although their programme will not be published until after this one goes out.

Sun 3rd

10am

 

14m full day linear walk from Sevenoaks to Yalding. Greensand Way Walks no. 2 through a picturesque AONB with excellent views across the Weald of Kent. Some hills and stiles but mostly fairly flat easy walking.

01622 299947

07759 839128

Sevenoaks Buckhurst Lane CP (free Sundays) TN13 1JJ (TQ532546). Lunch at Dunks Green – coffee stop Ightham Mote. Return by train via Tonbridge.

Sun 3rd

10am

 

6m half day walk from Chartham through the pretty hamlet of Garlinge Green, with a short but steep climb up Chartham Downs, then past orchards to Larkey Valley before descending to return along the Stour Valley

07875 767803

Park at Brice Avenue, Chartham CT4 7QJ (TR105544)

Sun 10th

10am

 

13m full day challenging walk from Alkham to Elham across fields and hills through lovely open country with fine views. Quite strenuous with 1100 feet of ascent/descent.

07785 522177

Alkham village CP opposite the village hall CT15 7AR (TR256422). Lunch stop in Elham with various pubs and tea rooms. No dogs please.

Sun 10th

10am

 

6.5m half day scenic, hilly walk from Denton at a comfortable pace, passing historic Tappington Hall and Wooton Church on the way.

07445 494948

Denton Village Hall CP CT4 6QZ (TR215472) (small donation appreciated).

Sun 17th

10am & 1.15pm

Full/half day figure of 8 walk from Wye. 6.5m hilly walk to Crundale Church in the morning and 5.5m easy walking in the afternoon via Troy Town and Brook.

07525 167365

Wye Church TN25 5BL (TR054469). Park on the road or in the village CP opposite. Lunch in Wye with tea shops and pubs available.

    Tues 19th

10am

6.3 half day walk from Stelling Minnis – a pleasant walk through Kent countryside with a few short inclines.

01303 894237

Stelling MInnis opposite the Rose and Crown CT4 6AT (TR143469) Lunch available in the pub afterwards. No Dogs, please.

Sun 24th

9.30am

 

16m full day walk from Folkestone East Cliff through the Warren to the North Downs Way, Return via Sandgate. One long hill early on but excellent views. Nick is a guest leader – please support this venture!

07954 377247

 

East Cliff Pavilion, Wear Bay Road, Folkestone CT19 6BL (TR239364) Free CP or park on the road. Bring a picnic lunch: short pub stop at 12 miles.

Sun 24th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from St Margaret’s at Cliffe to the White Cliffs Visitor Centre for refreshments and back, with lovely views across the English Channel on a clear day.

01795 427495

St Margaret’s at Cliffe free CP CT15 6AB (TR359448)