We’ll be meeting as usual 8:30am at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens.
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.
Meet @ 8:30am outside the launderette (opposite St. Mary Bredin Church).
Road and footpath to Rough Common
Church Wood through to Courtney Road and through the woods till we get to the
Herne Hill footpath, crossing Thanet Way between Kemdale Wood and Fostall.
Footpaths to Sandbanks Road, Nagden Cottages then SSW into Faversham.
Take bus back or lunch – to be decided
About 12/13 miles
Buses back (either 3 or X3):
12:23; 12:53; 13:23; 13:53; 14:23
Trains back to the East station: 12:27; 13:27; 14:27 (£4.05 with railcard)
Last week’s Villages Walk (clockwise):
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: where four paths cross, carry straight on and, at the next junction, take the path furthest to the right and continue straight ahead. At the footpath bifurcation, bear left, joining School Lane, head down the hill towards Pett Bottom, at the bottom of the hill, by the Duck, turn left, onto Pett Bottom Road. Proceed along the road to Little Eaton Farm joining the footpath on the left, back to Whitehill Woods. We keep to the righthand footpath until we begin to exit the woods, where we take the left hand footpath and, at the next footpath junction, turn right, through the orchard, across Bridge Road, then along the footpath by the side of the poly tunnels until we reach the fire break where we descend the hill and cross to the footpath, returning us to the Nackington footpath and back the way we came.
About 7 miles.
Last week’s Reverse Nick’s Walk:
Reverse Nick’s Walk
Meet at St. Mary Bredin Church at 8:00am
Toddler’s cove via Lansdown Road
Cross Toddler’s Cove, walk under the ring road bridge and then over the railway bridge, across to St. Dunstan’s Terrace, over London Road ending up on the footpath towards Rough Common. When we are near the Blean water tower we turn left and walk down towards the Harbledown Bridge – crossing into Harbledown and walking through the grounds of St Nicholas’s Hospital. We then take the footpath under the A2 bridge and work our way down to the Chartham Cycle path, by the Thannington footbridge over the Stour, turn left and back to Toddler’s Cover then under the ring road, towards the East Station and Lansdown Road where the walk concludes. 6 miles
Last week’s The Steve’s Walk:
**Packed Lunch** or there is the Cosy or the King’s Arms in the square, which was quite good last time we visited.
This one starts at 8:30am outside 25 St Augustine’s Road and takes the Francigena to Patrixbourne. Then to Bridge via Bifrons Park.
Then there is a path crossing the Nailbourne to Crows Camp Hill just above Bishopsbourne.
We take a footpath from here and then a sharp left into Charlton Wood and then on to Heart’s delight via Marley.
We now follow the Elham Valley Way into Covert Wood, but on leaving the wood we go on the road to Bladbean Farm, and then on road and paths to Upper park gate Farm. From there we descend by road and path into Elham and, maybe, for Tea/Coffee/Beer before taking the bus back to Canterbury. About 12 miles.
Buses to Canterbury at 12:42 or 13:42
Last week’s walk Herne Bay (mud-avoidance) Walk:
This is the weekly reminder. The the walk on Wednesday will start at 8:30am meeting at
Meet @ 8:00 am outside the Hospital (junction of Ethelbert and South Canterbury Roads)
The Langton Path to the end of the school playing fields, rugby club, over the A2 bridge and proceed to Nackington, Whitehill Wood, Lower Hardes. Work back from Lower Hardes to New House Lane and then back to South Canterbury Road via A2 bridge crossing in Stuppington Lane.
Subject to modification by Steve on the day.
Last week’s The Valley Lark Walk: