Thursday 4 January 2024 – Nailbourne from the source

Meet 8.20am at Canterbury Bus Station for the 8.25am no 17 to Lyminge. The bus can also be picked up on bus stops along the Old Dover Road.

The Nailbourne is flowing again, so this route will follow its course as closely as possible from the source in Lyminge back home to Canterbury. Much of the walk will follow the Elham Valley Way and we will go through Elham, Wingmore, Barham, Kingston, Bishopsbourne and Bridge. The walk can be shortened by catching a bus back from any of these villages.

It is about 14 miles so bring a packed lunch.

Last week’s Pet Circle walk:

Wednesday Walk – 3 January, 2024

Happy New Year to all  Striders and midweek walkers.

As usual we’ll be meeting at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am.
The walk and where we have coffee will be decided on the day.
There is rain forecast later in the morning on Wednesday but our early start should avoid us getting a soaking.
The attached pic was taken on Barton Down ( the rubbish tip walk) last spring.

SSS318 – Tuesday, 2 January, 2024 – Reverse The Get Thee to a Nunnery Walk

Meet @ 8:00 am outside the hospital – junction of South Canterbury Road with Ethelbert Road

Walk to Rugby Club then, via Nackington to Bridge Road and into Whitehill Wood.  Onward to Lower Hardes Church then take the footpath to Bridge Road junction at Stone Street; cross onto footpath, which leads to Iffin Lane, and then the connecting footpath to New House Lane, then Hollow Lane crossing onto footpath through orchards and later connecting to Lime Kiln Road and Nunnery Road where the walk ends.

Last week’s Reverse The Don’s Walk:

Thursday, 29 December, 2023 – The Pet Circle

It’s that time in the year when the Silver Striders do the Pet Circle walk, we’ve done it in December for the previous three years, this will be the fourth year.  Please bring something for elevenses/lunch.

Meet at junction of Nunnery Road with Nunnery Fields at 8:30am

We make our way to New House Lane by the usual route, eventually crossing Chartham Downs Road to Kenfield Road into Petham CP and Capel Wood. We work our way towards Stone Street, crossing Waltham Road and Duckpit Road, then across to Hogg Lane, Bow Hill (using more yellow roads today to avoid the mud), Catt’s Wood Road and, at Well Wood, taking the footpath towards the yellow road, which is Tapleys Hill, arriving at Pett Bottom. The usual route back from here, via Whitehill Wood, Nackington, the Rugby Club, the Langton and back to Stuppington Lane. Approx: 13 miles.

Last week’s very enjoyable Coast and Herne Bay Walk:

Thursday 21 December 2023 – Coast and Herne Bay

Meet at 8.30am, launderette opposite St Mary Bredin Church.

This route is about 13 miles and is designed to be largely mud free, following the cycle route to Whitstable and the coast to Herne Bay. Packed lunch or Wallflower Cafe, and bus back home.

A shorter walk is possible by taking the bus back from Whitstable or Tankerton.

Last week’s Western Circle Plus walk:

Wednesday Walk – 20 December, 2023

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Meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am for the pre Christmas midweek walk.

The weather forecast is for sunny intervals and a gentle breeze, perfect weather for a two hour stroll.

The attached pic from last week was taken on the Range near Timpson Wood.

SSS317 – Tuesday 19 December,2023 – Reverse The Don’s Walk

Meet @ 8 am outside 25 St Augustine’s Road

Proceed to Spring Lane then Little Barton House, then through the Orchard Route leading to Bekesbourne Lane crossing onto the footpath behind Hoath Farm.  Onwards to Firdown Wood and then on to the footpath towards Swanton Lane (crossing A257).  Then left onto the footpath over the old dump, when you get to the open field proceed north-west to the far right-hand corner to connect with the footpath through to Stodmarsh Road.  Cross the Christchurch sports field and take the footpath through to Fordwich and then the ‘wall of death’ through to Moat Lane and then along the road for the footpath that leads through the golf course, later joining the SVW and then back towards St Martin’s Church where the walk finishes.

6 miles.

Last Tuesday’s Reverse Around the Woods Walk:

Thursday, 14 December, 2023 – Western Circle Plus

Packed lunch and elevenses stop.  There is the possibility, for a shorter walk, to take the bus back from Boughton (check bus times beforehand).

8:30 Meet outside the Launderette, Nunnery Fields.

Harbledown/Bigbury/Podhurst Farm then various paths across to South Bishops Den/Forester’s Lodge Farm/Hickmans Green then footpath through tunnel under the A2 to Boughton under Blean, taking Dawes Road towards Blean Wood, finally cutting through Blean Wood to Brabourne Cottage.

Footpath and trail through North Bishopden Wood, on to Church Wood then onto Rough Common and back to Canterbury along the footpath behind Kent College and towards the cemetery.

About 14 miles

Last week’s Herne via Stodmarsh Walk: