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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. 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.

  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 C19" - "Incident report form" 

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

   
 
     SUMMER WALKS PROGRAMME 2021            Dates other than Sunday are highlighted.


DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START(POSTCODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

JUNE

Sun 27th

9:30am

13m full day walk from Ashford via Godinton Park and Hothfield  Common along the Greensands Way before heading to Charing.  We return via the North Downs Way and Westwell.  

Linda

07525 167365

Text to book a place

Parking along Nicholas Road TN25 4AG  just off A251 Trinity Road (TR004450) Note earlier start

JULY

Sun 4th

July 10am

10 miles  full day walk Stelling Minnis. Varied walk through lovely countryside via Waltham church to Hastingleigh with some hills.

 

Rosemary

07445 494948

text to book a place

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

 

Sun 4th

July 10am

5.5 miles half day walk Bossingham. The walk takes us via St Mary's Stelling Church, through the Minnis and Stelling Minnis village to Holman's Mill. Return via Atchester Wood. Dogs must be on leash at all times

Rob

07557 303674

 

text to book a place

Bossingham Village Hall CP CT4 6 DX TR150487

Bus route: No. 18 From Canterbury and Hythe

Sun 11th

July 10am

11 miles full day walk east and then south from Bridge via NDW, Barham, Hearts Delight and a final loop from Bishopsbourne Station.  Plenty of ups and downs, one hill of note, a few stiles.

Alan

07798 645141

text to book a place

Bridge Rec Ground CT45BP TR185543

Sun 11th

July 10am

7.5 miles Linear walk from Taylor’s Hill. Train back from Wye to Chilham. Taking North Downs Way to Wye. One steep climb rewarded by views of Stour valley. Refreshments at Perry Court or in Wye/Chilham

Christine B

07753 421266

text to book a place

Taylor’s Hill CP CT4 8BZ

Sun 18th

July 10am

10 miles  full day walk across open fields and through woods to the village of Wootton and onto Denton for a lunch stop. The return takes us through Selsted and back to the start. The route is fairly flat with a few small hills and a few stiles.

Bob

07504 909591

text to book a place

Swingfield Minnis Car Park (off the main Folkestone to Canterbury Rd) CT15 7HR TR 216 435 No 16 bus from Canterbury or Folkestone (Folkestone Garden Centre bus stop)

Sun 18th

July 10am

7.7 miles half day walk. A long but lovely morning in Elham Valley south from Barham.  Downlands, woods and a hidden valley.

 

Alan

07798 645141

text to book a place

Derringstone Downs, Barham, junction with Derringstone Hill TR208492

Thur 22nd

July 6pm

Social event - Bat and Trap evening at the Golden Lion pub in Broadoak. The fun starts at 6pm followed by Ploughman’s Supper which is £10.00.

Marita

 

Mayton Lane, Broad Oak CT2 0QJ

e-mail pete-h@dircon.co.uk to book a place or for more information.

Sat 24th

July 10am

11 miles full day linear walk from Chilham along a picturesque section of the North Downs Way with good views over the Stour valley. Some hills but mostly flat. The route passes the remains of the iron age hill fort of Bigbury

Andrew

07759 839128

text to book a place

Chilham Railway station TR077536– Linear walk – Return on the train from Canterbury – Bring packed lunch

Sun 25th

July 10am

10 miles full day hilly walk from Wye via the Crown and Hastingleigh  with great views.

 

Linda

07525 167365

text to book a place

Wye Church TN25 5BL (TR055467) Parking on road or free cp. Train to Wye.

Pub is now open but restrictions may be in place.

Sun 25th

July 10am

6 miles half day walk  - some hills and a couple of stiles. Walking through fields to Kingsdown and back on cliff tops with some views of France.

Penny

07719 894960

text to book a place

St Margaret’s at Cliffe CT156AA TR358447- A cafe stop near the end if desired. Dogs allowed

AUGUST

Sun 1st 

Aug 10am

10.5 miles full day walk. Rediscover the environs of Canterbury, including Rough Common, Upper, Harbledown, Chartham Hatch and Thanington Without. A mixture of urban,woodland, orchard and riverside walking.

Bev

07729 850271

text to book a place

Westgate Cemetery – Westgate Court Avenue, Canterbury, front entrance CT2 8JL TR 138584

Nearest train station – Canterbury West

Nearest bus stop Temple Road (London Road)

Sun 1st 

Aug 10am

6 miles half day walk taking in a section of North Downs Way and Stour Valley Way and cycle route 18. One steepish climb. Easy pace and refreshments available in the Square at the end. Prefer no dogs please.

Christine B

07753 421266

text to book a place

Chilham car park CT4 8BZ TR067536

Sun 8th

Aug

 9.30am

16 miles full day walk - a challenge walk jointly offered with Kent LDWA from Selling to Newnham . Some steep hills but beautiful countryside.

 

Cathy

07876 067840

 Pascale

07597 805353

text to book a place

Car park adjacent to Selling school ME13 9RQ. TR038564

NOTE EARLY START

Sun 8th

Aug 10am

7 miles half day walk from  Petham – Woodland walk through Early Woods and Denge Woods  returning via Garlinge Green and Swarling Manor Farm

Dave M

07470 693584

text to book a place

Petham Village Hall CT4 5RD TR129514

Sun 15th

Aug 10am

11.5 miles full day walk from Bridge, via Pett Bottom, Covert Wood and Kingston. Quite hilly, but worth the climb for the views of lovely rolling countryside. Option of stopping at the Tadpole Tea Rooms in Bishopsbourne on the way back to fortify you for the last mile!

Julia

07875 767803

text to book a place

Bridge Recreation ground, Patrixbourne Road, Bridge CT4 5BL TR185 544  Bus to Bridge

Sun 15th 

Aug 10am

6 miles half day walk from Fordwich. Mostly through woods with a couple of stiles

Penny

07719 894960

text to book a place

Fordwich Arms, Fordwich CT2 0DB TR179597

Sun 22nd

Aug 10am

13.5miles linear full day walk – A challenging, hilly walk through the ‘glens’ of Hastings Country Park with fantastic views of the coast and onward by the side of the Military canal to Winchelsea for tea before returning to Rye.

Cliff

07734 202262

text to book a place

Either Hastings Railway station or meet at Rye station for 9.48am train TN34 1BA TR803094

Train from Canterbury (8.26am) or Ashford (9.25am)

Picnic at Fairlight Cove

Sun 22nd 

Aug 10am

7 miles half day walk   from Wingham. This walk takes in 4 windmills and 4 churches along the way through Wickhambreaux, Littlebourne and Ickham. It includes walking along the Little Stour. It is an easy walk with a few stiles.

Ruth A.

07740 360870

text to book a place

Wingham car park CT3 1AA grid reference TR244576 The Anchor Pub at the end of the walk 

Sun 29th

Aug 10am

11 miles full day walk from Elham. Strenuous walk taking in Swingfield Street and Park Wood. Great views over undulating countryside and woodland.

 Dave M.

07470 693584

text to book a place

Elham village square CT4 6TH TR177438

Picnic lunch

Sun 29th 

Aug 10am

5.5 miles morning walk from Woolage Village – easy walking over farmland with nice views.

Hilary

07557 401389

text to book a place

Woolage village by the green. (Nethersole Road)

CT4 6SJ

 SEPTEMBER

Sun 5th

Sep 10am

9.5 miles, full day walk from Sheldwich. A challenging walking in places, but rewarded with panoramic views from The Pulpit/

Angela

07788 279412

text to book a place

Sheldwich Lees. Park on Lees Court Road near Hunters Way. ME13 0NB  lunch stop at The White Lion, Selling (pub stop assumes COVID rules allow).

Sun 5th

Sep 10am

 7 miles half day walk from Littlebourne via a trig point and one of the best panoramas in East Kent

David R

07341 273715

text to book a place

Littlebourne, Four Villages Stores. CT3 1ST

Sun 12th 

Sep 10am

10 miles full day walk from Petham through farmland and woods with some hills. Tea stop at the end.

Keith

01227 364884

text to book a place

Top lay-by on Stone Street, Petham B2068 

TR 139516

Sun 12th

Sep 10am

 6.5 miles half day walk from Hastingleigh through pleasant countryside towards Waltham with a couple of short steep sections.

Ray

07729 256721

text to book a place

Start at Ellington Village Hall, Hastingleigh TN25 5HR

( TRO99450 )

 

Sun 19th 

Sep 10am

9 miles full day walk from Elham. A circular walk along the Elham Valley with good views. Some stiles and hills.

Ross M

07962 810138

text to book a place

Elham – parking in square or local roads. CT4 6TJ

Grid Ref. TR 177438

Sun 19th

Sep 10am

5.5 miles half day walk from Wye Downs. Walk through the beautiful Kent Downs, with a stop at Crundale Church. Great views, but quite hilly with some stiles

Julia

07875 767803

text to book a place

Wye Downs Nature Reserve CP.TN25 5HX TR077456 Voluntary parking charge of £3, paid by RingGo App

Sun 26th

Sep 10am

11 miles full day walk.  Denge Wood and it’s mysterious landing strip and lovely countryside around Chilham.

Chris B

07855 898234

text to book a place

Chartham meet Brice Avenue nearest postcode: CT4 7QQ   TR105544  No bus Sunday, train station 1.5km from start. Dogs welcome. Lunch in Chilham, picnic, cafe or pub.

Sun 26th

Sep 10am

7 miles half day walk from Breach Downs. Up the hill into Covert Wood - who knows where we’ll emerge? A walk through woods and fields with gentle hills.

Dave M

07470 693584

text to book a place

Breach downs layby (on Barham - Elham Road) CT4 6LL TR203485

OCTOBER

Sun 3rd

Oct 10am

12 miles full day walk from Bishopsbourne- a mix of woodlands and open countryside with some hills and stiles

Nick and Mollie

07954 377247

text to book a place

Tadpole tearoom car park, Frog Lane,Bishopsbourne CT4 5HR TR18895262- Bring a packed lunch then tea and cakes at the Tadpole tearoom at the end

Sun 3rd  

Oct 10am

6.4 miles Half day walk from Challock through Kings Wood. An easy leisurely walk with no stile 

Richard S

Tel 07443860356.

text to book a place

White Hill car park TN25 4AR

TR 023499

Sun 10th

Oct 10am

13 miles full day walk from Fordwich.  Woodland and rolling countryside, visiting Hoades, Den Grove, Kimberly, West Blean and East Blean Woods. Open fields, solar farms and Herne Common. Muddy if wet.

Chris B

07855 898234

text to book a place

 

Fordwich, meet Marlow Meadows, Park on road, nearest postcode: CT2 0BT TR179599

Good bus (250m) and train connections to Sturry (500m). Lunch in Herne, picnic.

Sun 10th 

Oct 10am

6 miles half day walk  from Clowes wood. Woodland walk as the leaves start to turn.

Rosemary

07445 494948

text to book a place

Clowes Wood car park Radfall Road

TR137630

Sun 17th

Oct 10am

11 mile day walk from Doddington through woods and countryside. Pub stop at The Plough, Stalisfield Green.

Ray

07729 256721

text to book a place

 Start at Doddington Village Hall CP ME9 0BH TQ934571

 

Sun 17th  

Oct 10am

6 miles half day walk from Bridge. A pre-walk out of Cliff’s Festival walk: discover the delights of the Nailbourne Valley with its big houses and ancient churches, and walk some of the via Francigena. One big hill and a couple of stiles, otherwise easy walking.

Cliff

07734 202262

text to book a place

Bridge recreation ground CT4 5BL TR185543

bus no.17 from Canterbury -Possible lunch afterwards in the Red Lion

 

CANTERBURY FESTIVAL WALKS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW

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

 

 

Wed 20th

Oct 10am

7.5 miles Old Ways and Railways

Into the countryside north of the city to explore ancient ways: Canterbury and Whitstable Railway, Radfall and Salt Road

Chris B

07855 898234

Book via Festival website

Canterbury West Station CT2 8AN

Thurs 21st

Oct 10am

5 miles Kitchener’s Broome Park

Explore a wealth of history dating back to the 1630s. Over golf course, through Barham and round via fields and woods through Denton

Penny

07719 894960

Book via Festival website

Broome Park Hotel CT4 6QX

Sun 24th

Oct 10am

11 mile full day walk from Sheldwhich via Badlesmere, Throwley and Belmont.  Couple of small hills.  Note no pub on this walk so bring a picnic.

Linda

07525 167365

text to book a place

Sheldwich Village Green near the village hall (do not use the Village Hall CP) ME13 0LG

Sun 24th 

Oct 10am

6 mile half day walk from Bridge to Bishopsbourne returning via orchards along Pett Bottom and recrossing Elham Valley Line. Couple of stiles and one gentle climb. Dogs on leads.

 

Christine B

07753 421266

text to book a place

Patrixbourne Road CT4 5LB

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