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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 2018    Please note different days are now colour coded

 

DATE & TIME

DESCRIPTION

LEADER/CONTACT

START (POST CODE/GRID REF) & OTHER INFORMATION

JUNE

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)

JULY

Sun 1st

10am

 

12m linear walk from Tonbridge to Penshurst, passing through the High Weald AONB, along a section of the Eden Valley Walk, historic Penshurst Place and Chiddingstone. Some stiles and hills, but lovely views. Return by train.

 

07759 839128

Tonbridge Railway Station TN9 1TT (TQ587460). Free parking in the ‘Angel Centre’ CP or trains from Ashford/Canterbury West. Lunch stop TBA.

Sun 1st

10am

 

7m half day walk from Grove Ferry. A pleasant walk through rape fields, orchards and beside quiet waters, this northerly loop is easy with only a few steps, 3 stiles and one gate with fine long views. Mostly flat.

07798 645141

Grove Ferry CP (not the pub cp!) CT3 4BP (TR236631) Charges may apply – or bus no.8 to the eastern end of Upstreet (NB no footpath on the road)

Sat 7th

10am

8m full day walk from Eastry to Sandwich to join in the Folk and Ale Festival! Return during the afternoon – come and have fun with Cy!

07733 066354

Free CP next to Eastry Surgery, High Street, Eastry CT13 0HE (TR309547) Lunch in Sandwich – plenty of food, drink and music available.

Sun 8th

9am

 

14m full day challenging walk from Rhodes Minnis. Rolling countryside, woods, farmland, permissive paths through butterfly areas with a tea stop at the end.

01227 364884

West Wood CP TR144440. Several picnic stops only. No dogs, please. Note the early start!

Sun 8th

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.

Tues 10th

10am

 

4m half day walk from Elham. A social walk at a leisurely pace, at first along the Elham Valley Way and returning via the ridge above with views across the valley down to the village.

07770 762558

Elham Village Square CT4 6TH (TR177439) Park in the main road if necessary. Bus no. 17 from Canterbury. Lunch afterwards at the Vineyard if you wish.

Fri 13th

6.30pm

 

4m evening circular walk from Sheldwich Church across the fields, woods and open spaces of Sheldwich Valley, with some small hills/undulations.

01795 532913

07768 174185

Sheldwich Church CP ME13 0PA (TR011568)

Sun 15th

10am

 

11m full day starting from the pretty market town of Cranbrook offering plenty of woodland walking and views of the beautiful Sissinghurst Castle estate. Bring a picnic to eat in the grounds or try a meal in the popular NT café.

07729 850271

High Street CP (free), Cranbrook TN17 3DQ (TQ775359). Turn off High Street towards the Co-op but turn left into the public CP. Lunch in Sissinghurst gardens.

Sun 15th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Sandwich. A pleasant walk through countryside to the beach, passing a bird observatory on the way back.

07740 360870

Sandwich, Quay CP CT13 9EN (TR332581) Charges £1 per hour but parking is free on Sundays in many nearby roads.

Sun 22nd

10am

 

12m full day’s walk from Hollingbourne with some hills and stiles but great views to Bredgar and back.

07954 377247

Hollingbourne Railway Station ME17 1TX (TQ834550). Free parking at the station or approach road. Pub lunch at the Sun Inn Bredgar.

Sun 22nd

10am

 

6m half day walk from Lower Harbledown through the historic Blean Woods and Nature Reserve.

07740 360870

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

Sun 29th

10am

 

12m full day walk from Godmersham to Hastingleigh via the top of Crundale Downs, returning along the valley after lunch.

07985 057097

Godmersham church CT4 7DS (TR062504) - park in the road. Lunch at the Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh.

Sun 29th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Margaret’s at Cliffe, inland to Kingsdown and then return along the coastal path over the White Cliffs, hopefully, with views across the Channel to France. There are a few stiles.

07719 894960

St Margaret’s at Cliffe CP CT15 6AA (TR358447).

AUGUST

Sun 5th

10am

 

10m full day from Eggringe Wood to Bodsham through mostly shaded woodland paths ideal for August (probably!). Several hills en route.

07785 522177

Eggringe Wood CP CT4 7EZ nearest (TR097504). Pub stop at the Timber Batts but no food available so please bring a packed lunch. No dogs, please.

Sun 5th

2.00pm

6m afternoon walk from Perry Wood to Sheldwich Church for tea and homemade cake. There are a couple of steep climbs up Rabbit Valley.

07791 309784

Perry Wood CP ME13 9RP (TR045556). Please note the start time!

Sun 12th

10am

 

10m full day: Cy’s ‘Mystery Walk’ from Barham! Where will he go? You’ll have turn up to find out!

07733 066354

Barham near the playing fields CT4 6NY (TR207501). There will be a pub stop where food will be available.

Sun 12th

10am

 

6.5m half day walk from Chilham on part of the North Downs Way via Godmersham Park and The Stour Valley Way, walking through woods and open meadows with good views.

01795 532913

07768 174185

Chilham Village CP CT4 8DD (TR066536) just off the A252.

Tues 14th

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 19th

10am

 

14m full day walk from Forest Row to Nutley. A return to the moorland of the Ashdown Forest with  distant views across the Weald to the Sussex Downs. Possibly a social meal at the Swan Inn afterwards?

07734 202262

Car park at the top of Chapel Lane, Forest Row (signed towards Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club) RH18 5BT (TQ428343). Lunch at the Nutley Arms (perhaps!)

Sun 19th

10am

 

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

07753 421266

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

Sun 26th

10am

 

12m full day linear walk from Paddock Wood to Tunbridge Wells via Brenchley, Matfield and Pembury along the High Weald Way and Tunbridge Wells Circular. Some hills and stiles but scenic AONB. Return by train.

07759 839128

Paddock Wood Railway Station CP (£1 on Sundays) TN12 6ER (TQ670452) or trains from Ashford/Canterbury West. Lunch stop TBA

Sun 26th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Goodnestone to 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). Parking is limited so car sharing is recommended!

Fri 31st Aug

6.00pm

3.3m evening walk from Hythe along the seafront returning along the canal, followed by fish and chips in Hythe.

07793 808328

The Seafront in front of Hythe Imperial Hotel CT21 6AE (TR163342)

SEPTEMBER

Sun 2nd

10am

 

11.5m full day challenging walk from Alkham to Lydden with hills and stiles but lovely views.

01303 770883

Alkham village hall CP CT15 7BZ (TR256422). Lunch in Lydden at the Bell Inn.

Sun 2nd

10am

 

5.5m half day walk from Baddlesmere through woodland and along a tranquil valley, and, on return, to Sheldwich Lees Court. There are just a couple of stiles.

07557 303674

The Red Lion, Baddlesmere ME13 0NX (TR009539). Please only use the car park if you intend to patronise the pub to eat or drink. Otherwise use the lay-bys and other off-road locations.

Sun 9th

10am

 

12m full day walk from Bishopstone Lane, Beltinge, walking part of the Wansum Way and Saxon Shore Way and drove tracks via Chitty. Tea stop near the end.

01227 364884

Bishopstone Lane, Beltinge free CP at end of lane CT6 6RL (TR 211688). Lunch stop at the Royal Oak, Upstreet (sandwiches/ soup/ chili-con-carne ONLY). No dogs, please.

Sun 9th

10am

 

7m half day walk from Seasalter. Generally flat easy walking with no stiles to Graveney, returning via Faversham Creek and the Saxon Shore Way passing Castle Coot nature reserve.

07743 031419

Seasalter Sailing Club CT5 4BW (TR069649). No dogs please.

Tues 11th

10am

 

5m social walk from Rhodes Minnis through woodland and across farmland. Walk at a pace that suits you!

07770 762558

 

The Lord Whiskey tea rooms CP, Park House, Rhodes Minnis CT4 6XY (TR148438). Please patronise the tea rooms as we use their car park.

Sun 16th

10am

 

10m full day walk from Wye to Hastingleigh via The Devil’s Kneading Trough Hilly in places but with good views.

07962 810138

Wye Church (park in the road or in the CP opposite) TN25 5BL (TR054469). Lunch at The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh.

Sun 16th

10am

6m half day walk from Sturry. A varied walk along the river to Westbere, then back via Broad Oak through woodland, fields and orchards.

07445 494948

Sturry Station CP CT2 0ND (TR176604) Limited parking, but buses 4,6 and 8, and train from Canterbury etc, of course.

Sun 23rd

10am

 

10m full day from Chilham. Great walking through woodlands, open fields and orchards to Boughton Street and back.

01303 894237

Chilham village CP just off the A252 CT4 8DD (TR066536). Lunch at The Queen’s Head, Boughton Street. To book a meal phone 01227 751369. No dogs, please.

Sun 23rd

10am

 

6.5m half day from Faversham via Luddenham and Bysing Wood and back. There are a few stiles and one steep hill.

 

07876 067840

Faversham Guild Hall, Market Place ME13 7AE (TR0156613) Town CP for 3 hours or bus no.3 from Canterbury. No Dogs, please.

Sun 30th

10am

 

 14m linear full day walk from Tenterden to Bodiam following the scenic High Weald Landscape Trail and Sussex Border Path. Return by steam train on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Dep Bodiam 16.40 arrive Tenterden 17.28.

07887 781964

Tenterden Bridewell Lane free CP TN30 6EY (TQ883332). Bring a picnic. NT Café at Bodiam and also on-board catering. Fare approx. £15. Railway details www.kesr.org.uk

Sun 30th

10am

 

7m half day walk from Selling through orchards and woods to Perry Wood with excellent views from the ‘Mound’ in an AONB. Mostly flat with a couple of climbs.

01622 299947

Selling Railway Station CP ME13 9PW (TR052572). Lunch in the Sondes Arms tea rooms afterwards.

OCTOBER

Sun 7th

10am &

1.30 (approx.)

 

Fig 8 from Wye. An energetic but beautiful day on and around the NDW from Wye Rly Stn. Morning (7.5m) up into King’s Wood. Afternoon(5.5m) to Wye Crown and beyond via the 239 steps (app). Some stiles and hills but great countryside and views.

07798 645141

Wye rly stn TN25 5EB (TR048469). Travel by train from Canterbury West/Ashford or parking (free on Sundays) on Churchfield Way (TR049469), by the green or Gregory Court CP (TR053468). Lunch at Tickled Trout or New Flying Horse, Wye

Sun 14th

10am

 

13m full day’s walk from Elham to Hastingleigh and back: The “Buzzard Walk”. Whenever we have done this walk, we have seen several buzzards (a prize for the first to spot one!). Lots of short inclines, but well worth the challenge!

07793 808328

The King’s Arms Pub, Elham village square CT4 6TH (TR177439). Park in the High Street if the square is full or no.17 bus from Canterbury. Lunch at the Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh.

Sun 14th

10am

 

6m half day walk from Bishopsbourne. There are some hills, but we pass through beautiful countryside.

07719 894960

The Tadpole Tea Rooms CP, Bishopsbourne CT4 5HR (TR190527). Please patronise the tea rooms as we use their car park.

Tues 16th

10am

 

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

07770 762558

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

Sat 20th

10am

Festival walk: 6m circular from Selling to Perry Wood.

07759 839128

Selling railway station CP. ME13 9PW (TR052572)

Sun 21st

10am

11.5m full day from Godmersham via Kings Wood and Perry Wood before heading back to Chilham via orchards. In the afternoon, via Juliberry Downs along the Stour Valley path with lovely views over Chilham and Godmersham.

07525 167365

Godmersham Church CT4 7DS (TR062503): please park along by the wall NOT by the church. Café and pub in Chilham village for lunch.

Sun 21st

10am

 

5m half day: The River Bridges of Canterbury. Cliff is offering this opportunity for all members to experience this ever-popular festival walk. There are over 36 bridges in the City – we will try to visit them all.

07734 202262

Canterbury Dane John Gardens CT1 1YW (TR148574) Note – this walk is not part of the Festival Programme and is exclusive to our members and their guests. You don’t have to pay!

Sun 28th

10am

 

12m full day’s walk from Ringwould to St Margaret’s at Cliffe covering pretty country trails and stunning coastal walking.

07737 658791

The entrance to Ringwould Church CT14 8HR (TR350483) parking in nearby lanes. Lunch in St Margaret’s with various tea rooms or pub options available.

Sun 28th

10am

 

6.5m half day from Elham, exiting to the north and ascending from the valley. We will pass through farmlands to Bedlam and then descend into the valley again to return to Elham.

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.