Thursday – 3 November, 2016 @ 9:00 – Canterbury to Wye (Packed lunch) – 11 miles

Packed lunch

Meet corner of Stuppington Lane with South Canterbury Road @ 9:00

Proceed to Garlinge Green (possibly via Larkey Wood)

Through the Wildwood to Crundale

Up and down the fields to Crundale Church

Down to the Farm in the Valley (where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison as Bob Dylan says)

Up again to the top of the downs and then down to Wye via the radio mast site

11 miles (more or less)

A beer at the Tickled Trout maybe…..before the long journey back to Canterbury.

Trains back to Canterbury West:

14:11 (16 mins)

14:41 (12 mins)

15:11 (16 mins)

15:41 (12 mins)

£3.65 with Railcard

Last week’s walk between Shottenden and Badlesmere

Thursday, 27 October, 2016 – Canterbury to Lenham (meet at 8:00 am this week)

Meet outside at the crossroads ODR/Nunnery Fields/Oaten Hill opposite St. Mary Bredin Church @ 8:00am

Canterbury/Toddler’s Cover/Stour Valley Walk to Chartham Hatch, then North Downs Way out of Chartham Hatch onto Old Wives Lees, then North West, up the brown road for a short way, take New Forest Lane to Shottenden (mainly yellow road with some footpath). Yellow road from Shottenden to Woods Court and then footpath to Badlesmere and lunch stop – The Red Lion (approx. 12 miles).

Cross main road outside The Red Lion; footpath by Leaveland and join another path, later, direction of Bell’s Forstal, then yellow roads and footpaths West by South West, crossing down to Stalisfield, then South of Otterden, eventually rejoining the North Downs Way heading West towards Lenham – destination Lenham Train Station (approx 10 miles).

Total approx. 22 miles

Train from Lenham to Canterbury. Cost with Senior Railcard £8.05.

16:13 (43 mins)

16:36 (51 mins)

17:13 (43 mins)

17:36 (48 mins)

18:27 (44 mins)

There is also the 10X bus service between Lenham and Ashford (27 mins), which could be useful:

16:04; 16:34; 18:03; 19:18.


Thursday, 20 October, 2016 Wickhambreaux Circle

Meet outside 25 St Augustine’s Road @ 8:30am

Canterbury to Fordwich to Stodmarsh to Grove Ferry (through the Nature Reserve) then on to the Wickhambreaux Valley and slowly down to Wichambreaux. Lunch at The Rose, Wickhambreaux thence back to Canterbury via Littlebourne.

About 15 miles

Last week’s walk – the Striders stop for a photo en route to Stowting


13 October, 2016 Canterbury to Stowting

Meet corner of South Canterbury Road/Stuppington Lane @ 8:30am

Walk to Nackington, then through Whitehill Wood. We then swing right, passing just to the south of Lower Hardres, and taking a bridleway via Cobsdane Wood and Shoot Wood, across Stone St and down into Petham. Hardly anything on roads so far. I calculate this as about 5 miles.

From Petham we go south on a footpath which goes off the 150 map at the bottom just to the right of grid no 13. On to map 138.

We then wiggle our way south for about 5 miles to Bodsham, via footpaths and a bit of yellow road. I can show you tomorrow on my map.

From Bodsham we continue south-east to Stowting.

About 12.5 miles

Lunch at the Tiger (Stowting)

Return by car (boots deposited in back of car) – Car takes five

Last week’s walk – NORTH OF STURRY Heading to Broad Oak and Whitstable ( a broken writst poses no problem to this sturdy silver strider):