Thursday 17 December, 2020 The Pet Circle

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 circular walk: Bigbury, Church and Thornden Woods.

Thursday 3 December, 2020 The Wickhambreaux Circle

Meet outside St. Martin’s Church @ 8:30am

PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH

Canterbury to Fordwich to Stodmarsh to Grove Ferry (through the Nature Reserve) then on to the Wickhambreaux Valley and slowly down to Wichambreaux. Lunch somewhere near Wickhambreaux, thence a short trek to Littlebourne and through the woods towards Swanton Lane but cutting down, crossing the A257, towards Court Wood, Jacob’s Close, Firdown Wood, The Hoath Farm and then taking the footpath towards Little Barton, Spring Lane and back into Canterbury. For a shorter walk one could drop off at Littlebourne and catch the bus back to Canterbury.

About 16 miles

Photos of Striders taken over the last month:

Thursday 22 October, 2020 The Victory Wood Circle (A Sean & Barry walk)

Please bring a packed lunch (to be eaten at a convenient stopping place en route)

Meet outside St Mary Bredin Church at 8.30am

Walk to be led by Barry.

Proceed through town to Toddler’s Cove, then towards the Cemetery – footpath to Church Wood. Through the Wood to Courtenay Road, then Victory Wood, later crossing Pean Hill taking footpaths leading to the Crab and Winkle route; through the University, working our way back to Canterbury.  Approx. 14 miles.

Last week’s Upper Hardes Circle Walk:

Thursday, 8 October, 2020 The Wingham Circle

**Packed Lunch**

Meet outside 25 St Augustine’s Road at 8:30

Proceed in direction of Patrixbourne, then footpaths to Adisham Church, Love Lane, Church Wood, unfortunately no Gibson’s but we could have lunch somewhere around Wingham.

If anyone wishes for a shorter walk, halfway is Wingham, where there are regular buses back to Canterbury.

Wingham Church, footpaths to Wicambreaux then Wickham Court Lane and footpath to Swanton Lane, Firdown Wood, Palmstead Wood, Bekesbourne Road, Haystack Wood, Spring Lane, Canterbury.

Around 16 miles

Last week’s Canterbury Northern Woods Walk:

Thursday, 24 September, 2020 The Fright Wood Circle (in reverse)

**Packed Lunch**

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

Zealand Road, Wincheap Farm, Hollow Lane, New House Lane, Strangers Lane then take the footpath on the left to Chartham. When we get to Chartham we take the footpath through the Church and join the road, later crossing the railway line, walking towards the Weir. We cross the bridge over the Weir and then the A28 Ashford Road, walking towards Fright Wood underneath the railway bridge. In Fright Wood we take the permissive paths to Hunstead Wood and then Primrose Hill. A Chartham Hatch we take the NDR back to Canterbury.

Last weeks Marley Oval walk:

Thursday, 17 September, 2020 The Marley Oval

Bring packed lunch to be eaten en route.

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

EVW Hode Farm, then footpath to Bridge A2 intersection, then under the A2 and into Bridge – to the Church then EVW through Bishopsbourne to Kingston – at Kingston we take the yellow roads to Marley via Marley Lane and later we take the footpath off to Westwood. From Westwood we take SSFR1 back to Canterbury; via Pett Bottom and Nackington.

13.5 miles

Last week’s the Les Walk:

Thursday 10 September, 2020 The Les Walk

PACKED LUNCH

Meet outside 67 St. Augustine’s Road @ 8:30am

Up the St. George’s Field Hill and through Querns Road and then footpath to Fordwich, then Stodmarsh Road and onwards to Littlebourne. We take the footpath that runs parallel to Bekesbourne Lane and, latterly, to Patrixbourne, then return to Canterbury via Hode Lane.
About 12 miles.

This week’s walk will be led by Les.

Last week’s NDW to Old Wives Lees, back by the Stour walk:

Thursday – 27 August, 2020 Canterbury Outer Ring (Part 2)

PACKED LUNCH

Meet outside St. Martin’s Church @ 8:30am

We take the Stour Valley Way to Fordwich, where we join the Canterbury Outer Ring. The route crosses Stodmarsh Road, Swanton Lane and by footpath to Littlebourne and later towards Patrixbourne parallel with Bekesbourne Lane. From Patrixbourne we take footpaths to Bridge, later through Whitehill Woods to Lower Hardes, then up to Bridge Road crossing Nackington Road, Iffin Lane, finishing the route when we get to New House Lane. Estimated length of whole route 16 miles.

Last week’s Canterbury Outer Ring (Part 1) walk:

Thursday – 20 August, 2020 Canterbury Outer Ring (Part1)

PACKED LUNCH

Meet at the top of Nunnery Road, where it joins Nunnery Fields at 8:30am

THE Outer Ring is shown at 21.6 miles, in addition one has to walk to the outer ring from Canterbury, then back to Canterbury at the conclusion of the walk. On Thursday’s walk we shall walk part of it, about 16/18 miles (including walking to and from the Outer Ring).

We take the footpath from Zealand Road to Hollow Lane, then on to New House Lane and join the Outer Ring where it crosses into Larkey Valley Woods. The route takes footpaths over Cockering Road and to the other side of the Stour then along by the lakes to Tonford Lane, where we turn left in the direction of Upper Harbledown. We take the footpath up to Church Wood, then Blean, towards St. Cosmus & St. Damian Church, following the footpath, which leads to the The Tyler’s Kiln Public House. The footpath then goes close to the River Tyler towards Broad Oak.  Heel Lane, then Mayton Lane lead to the Golden Lion, Broad Oak and from their we follow the footpath to Sturry, then Fordwich and then take the Stour Valley Way back to Canterbury.

Last week’s Blean and Denstead Woods Walk:

Thursday, 6 August, 2020 Canterbury Eastern Circle

Meet outside St. Martin’s Church at 8:30

Packed lunch – to be eaten en route

SVW to Fordwich. Footpath to the South of Westbere Lakes then up, over the railway line, through Westbere and the streets of Sturry to footpaths to the East of Herne Bay Road towards Woodlands Farm then crossing the road into Farthings Wood. Through East Blean Wood but working down towards Hackington, St Stephen’s Green and back into Canterbury (12/13 miles).

Last week’s Denge Woods circular walk: