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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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SUMMER WALKS PROGRAMME 2019    Please note different days are now colour coded

DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START (POST CODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

JULY

Sun 14th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Ash: easy walking across farmland and through woods and orchards to lovely Goodnestone Park and back.

07733 066354

Ash village CP opposite the Welcome Supermarket CT3 2EW (TR286585). Lunch at the Fitzwalter Arms, Goodnestone: food available.

Sun 14th

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)

Sun 21st

10am

 

11m full day varied walk from Boughton taking in the villages of Hernhill and Graveney, the picturesque creek and market town of Faversham, returning via Boughton church.

07729 850271

The Queen’s Head Pub, The Street, Boughton ME13 9BH (TR059594) Park in the roads or nearby rec (ME13 9AH) Lunch in the tea room or Anchor Pub, Standard Quay, Faversham.

Sun 21st

10am

 

Half day 5.5m walk from Bridge: The Nailbourne Valley - a walk which will be led during the Festival taking a route through to Bishopsbourne, over the hill to Patrixbourne and Bekesbourne with churches and houses to admire.

07734 202262

Bridge recreation ground, Patrixbourne Road CT4 5BL (TR184543)

Tues 23rd

10am

5m half day walk from Nackington Church across fields and through woodlands towards Lower Hardres. Join us for lunch afterwards in Bridge.

07770 762558

 

Park in the car park beside the church CT4 7AE (TR085622).

Sun28th

10am

 

15m full day linear walk along the NDW from Bekesbourne to Dover past historical sites, through villages and with fabulous views over the countryside and the Channel. Return by train from Dover.

07737 658791

Bekesbourne Station CT4 5EP (TR189560) Park near the station or train from Canterbury East/Dover. Lunch at Shepherdswell with a limited menu – you are advised to bring a picnic lunch.

Sun 28th

2pm

 

6m half day from Perry Wood to Sheldwich Church for tea and home-made cake! There are a couple of steep climbs up Rabbit Valley.

07791 309784

Perry Wood CP ME13 9RP (TR045558) Note the afternoon start No dogs please.

AUGUST

            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 winter walk you’d like to share with other members, please contact me on 07734 202262 or 01227 751989

 

Sun 4th

9.30am

 

12m full day linear walk from Sittingbourne to Favershham passing through the Kent AONB via Lynsted, Newnham and Ospringe, past some historic buildings and passing through some picturesque countryside.

01622 299947

07759 839128

Faversham railway station car park ME13 8EB (TR016608) to catch the 9.52am train to Sittingbourne. The walk starts at 10am. Lunch stop – The George Inn, Newnham.

Sun 4th

10am

 

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

07443 860356

 

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

Sun 11th

9.30am Rye 10.15 Hstngs

13.5m full day from Hastings to Rye along the Saxon Shore Way and SE Coastal Path, through the Hastings Country Park (steep hills!) to Fairlight and along the Royal Military Canal (flatter!) to Winchelsea and onward back to Rye.

07734 202262

Rye Railway Station CP TN31 7AB (TQ919205) for 9.48 train to Hastings or meet at Hastings Stn at 10.15 (trains from Ashford or Canterbury West). Lunch at the Smuggler Inn, Fairlight.

Sun 11th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Goodnestone, across fields and through woods towards Staple with one or two stiles.

07719 894960

The Fitzwalter Arms, The Street, Goodnestone CT3 1PL (TR255546) Refreshments afterwards in the pub or at the Goodnestone Park Cafe

Sun 18th

10am

 

11m full day walk from Stelling Minnis: quite hilly but through lovely rolling countryside, via Waltham, Bodsham and Hastingleigh, returning via Whatsole Street and Spong Wood.

07875 767803

Stelling MInnis Post Office CT4 6AS (TR142469) Please leave space for locals to park near the PO. Lunch stop at the Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh.

Sun 18th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Adisham Railway Station across fields and through woodlands to the Barham Downs.

07740 360870

Adisham Railway Station CT3 3JE (TR233539). Or trains from Canterbury East/Dover.

Tues 20th

10am

 

4.5m (approx) half day leisurely social walk from Preston through open fields and orchards across fairly flat terrain.

07770 762558

The Garden Centre CP, The Street, Preston CT3 1ED (TR251612). Please patronise the café as we use the Garden Centre CP – join us for lunch at end, perhaps?

Sun 25th

10am

 

14m full day walk from Bridge through rolling countryside and orchards with good views. Outwards via Whitehill Wood, Street End and circling round Petham Village, returning via Lower Hardres and Warren Wood ridge.

07470 693584

Bridge recreation ground, Patrixbourne Road CT4 5BL (TR184543). Lunch at the Chequers Inn, Stone Street or Thompson Garden Centre.

Sun 25th

10am

 

6m half day walk from the University of Kent past Alcroft Grange through Tyler Hill, returning past Blean Church along the Crab and Winkle Way.

07443 860356

Universtity of Kent, Giles Lane CP CT2 7NB(TR140599)

Mon 26th

10am

Bank Holiday

6.5m half day walk from Sittingbourne through Tunstall Village and Bredgar with a stop at the delightful Pond Café en route.

07516 498468

King George Park gates, Woodstock Road, Sittingbourne ME10 4HL (TQ902623) Plenty of parking in the road.

SEPTEMBER

Sun 1st

10am

 

11m full day walk from Selling Station to Chilham via Selling Church and Perry Wood with great views from the Mount, returning via Old Wives Lees and Goulds Wood.

07525 167365

Selling Station CP ME13 9PW (TR052572) Lunch in Chilham Village with tea shop or pub.

Sun 1st

10am

 

7m half day walk from Bridge through to Bishopsbourne and Gorsley Woods with some hills and stiles.

Cathy

07876 067840

Bridge recreation ground, Patrixbourne Road, Bridge CT4 5BL (TR184543)

Sun 8th

10am

10m full day from Pluckley Station through pleasant, varied countryside on remote footpaths to the quaint, historic village of Bethersden.

07733 066354

 

Pluckley Railway Station CP TN27 0RT (TQ922434) parking or trains from Ashford. Lunch in Bethersden with a choice of two pubs.

Sun 8th

10am

 

7m half day walk from Chilham via historic Chilham Castle, Godmersham Park and Chilham water mill, following the North Downs Way and the Stour Valley walk in an AONB with excellent views. One steep hill and one or two stiles.

07759 839128

Chilham public CP off the A252 CT4 8DD (TR066537) or 20mins walk from Chilham Station. Pub and tea rooms in Chilham afterwards for refreshments.

Sun 15th

10am

 

11m full day walk from Bishopstone, Herne Bay along the cliff tops to Reculver before heading inland to follow the Wantsum Way to St Nicholas at Wade.

07985 057097

C.P. at the end of Bishopstone Lane, Herne Bay CT6 6RL (TR211687). Lunch in St Nicholas at Wade where there is a choice of 2 Pubs! No dogs Please.

Sun 15th

10am

6.5m half day walk from Sheldwich Lees through Baddlesmere and Belmont in open country, across fields, through woods and across the golf course.

07768 174185

01795 532913

Sheldwich Lees Village Hall CP ME13 0LG (TR015561). Parking in the CP or at the side of the green.

Sun 22nd

10am

 

10m Full day walk from Capel along the White Cliffs, pebble beaches and cliff paths via The Warren to Samphire Hoe, returning along the cliff tops with views along the coast and over The Channel.

07887 781964

Capel Village hall CP, Lancaster Ave, Capel CT18 7LX (TR250388). Lunch at Samphire Hoe – tea kiosk and facilities open for snacks.

Sun 22nd

10am

 

6m half day walk from Canterbury through woods and across orchards towards Littlebourne with a possible sighting of Howletts animal park.

07557 401389

The corner of Spring Lane and Dorset Road, Canterbury CT1 1SF (TR168573). Parking in Spring Lane or public transport to Canterbury.

Sun 29th

10am

 

 10m full day walk from Oare along the Saxon Shore Way to Conyer at a moderate pace and back through quiet lanes and farmland.

07962 810138

The Castle Inn, Oare ME13 0PY(TR007628) Please park in the road as we will not be patronising the pub. Drinks only at the Ship Inn Conyer, so please bring a picnic.

Sun 29th

10am

 

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

07753 421266

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

OCTOBER

Sun 6th

10am

10m full day walk from Adisham railway station via Womenswold through fields and woods, along part of the North Downs Way and country roads and across the area around Snowdown Colliery.

01303 894237

Adisham Railway Station CT3 3JE (TR234539). Lunch at the Royal Oak pub, Nonington. Book on 01304 841012.

 

Sun 6th

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 13th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Ash to Sandwich and back through part of the Garden of England. Easy walking through a lovely part of the country.

07793 808328

Ash village hall CT3 2BG (TR287584). Park where convenient in Ash. Lots of places to have lunch in Sandwich.

Sun 13th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Elham. Some hills but lovely views hopefully with autumnal colours along the Elham Valley.

07753 421266

Elham Village Square CT4 6TH (TR177439). Park in the main road if the square is full or bus no.17 from Canterbury.

The Canterbury Festival begins on Saturday 19th through to Saturday 3rd November.

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 19th

10am

 

Festival Walk ‘Houses and Churches of the Nailbourne Valley’: 5.5m from Bridge to Bekesbourne. Some hills and a couple of stiles.

07734 202262

Near The White Horse Inn, Bridge CT4 5LA (TR183544)

Sun 20th

10am

and 2pm

7m + 5m full/half day figure of 8 walk from Doddington. Via Wyebanks and Eastling in the morning and Bluetown and Torry Hill in the afternoon.

0752 167365

Doddington Village Hall CP ME9 0BH (TQ934571) Park on the road in The Street or the Village Hall CP. Tea room or pub in Doddington for lunch.

Mon 21st

9.45am

 

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.

07734 202262

St Martin’s Church CT1 1PW (TR158577)

Weds 23rd

10am

 

Festival Walk: ‘Goodnestone and Chillenden walk in the steps of Jane Austen’ 6m through woods and fields around Goodnestone and Chillenden, including the Serpentine path walked by Jane Austen on her visits here.

 

07791 309784

 

St Bartholomew’s Church, The Street, Goodnestone CT3 1PL (TR255546)

Sat 26th

10am

 

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

07759 839128

 

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

Sun 27th

10am

 

12.8m full day walk from Church Wood, Rough Common, following the northern section of the outer ‘Canterbury Ring’ with some fine countryside and views.

07798 645141

Church Wood CP, Rough Common CT2 9DQ (nearest) (TR121594) – lunch at The George and Dragon Inn, Fordwich.

Sun 27th

10am

                          

6m half day walk from Barham through Knowle Wood towards Kingston, hopefully with autumnal colours! Some hills and the odd stile.

07719 894960

Barham Village Green CT4 6NX (TR207501). Refreshments afterwards at the Duke of Cumberland pub, Barham.

 

Mon 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.

07734 202262

Dane john Gardens, Canterbury CT1 2RN (TR148574)

Weds 30th

10am

 

Festival Walk: ‘From the historic centre of Faversham, explore the countryside around Goodnestone and Graveney churches. Return via Nagden and Faversham creeks.’

Ray

07729 256721

Faversham Guidlhall ME13 7AE (TR016613)

Sat 2nd Nov.

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

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