Thursday 28 July, 2016 – The Swimming Walk – Sandwich to Northbourne

Thursday – 28 JULY, 2016

BRING A PACKED LUNCH

13A Bus to Sandwich – arrives 9:08

Catch the bus at the Bus Station 8:25 or some minutes later at the Barton Court stop (outside the prison – JP will board the bus here).

£3:70 single, cheaper for a return or an explorer ticket and use it for the return journey from Northbourne.

Walk from the centre of Sandwich to the mouth of the Stour and then back a little way to find a suitable bathing spot.

BRING SWIMMING TRUNKS (might be ok without as the spot we have in mind is an unofficial nudist bathing area) – a towel might be useful.

After the dip we proceed along the coast by Sandwich Bay and Worth. Stop somewhere to eat our lunch.

At Groyne we take a footpath inland towards Little Downs Bridge and Blue Pigeon Farm

Along Pinnock Wall/Hacklinge/Adelaide/Finglesham/Northbourne, where there is a pub for those in need of a beer

From Northbourne there is one bus an hour ‘bus 14’:

13:45 – unlikely

14:46 – most likely (1hr 9 mins) – cost shows as £5:30 so the Explorer ticket looks a sensible investment if one does not have a bus pass.

15:58 – unlikely

THE STRIDERS EN ROUTE TO SANDWICH LAST WEEK AFTER SLAYING THE HUNGRY FARMER BREAKFAST AT GIBSON’S
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Thursday 21 July, 2016 – SANDWICH -The Hungry Strider Redux

Silver Striders
Contubernii Primum

Thursday – 21 JULY, 2016
WE LAST DID THIS WALK ON 31 MARCH – IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THE LAND HAS CHANGED IN THE INTERIM

Meet outside 25 St Augustine’s Road 8:30

NDW to Patrixbourne/Shepherd’s Close Road/FPs to Adisham/Bossington/Neavy Downs/Gibson’s Farmshop (lunch stop)

LUNCH: The Hungry Strider Breakfast or something less hearty
The eponymous ‘Hungry Farmer’: http://www.gibsonsfarmshop.com/cafe/
Afternoon take Goodnestone Road/Twitham Hill/Crixhall Court/Buckland Lane/Summerfield Farm/Black Pond Farm/Beacon Hill/Marshborough – Vine Farm/Great Poulder’s Farm/Sandwich

Distance 16/17 miles

Buses from Sandwich to Canterbury:

Buses 13 13A 14 (around 45 mins)

14:12 14:29 14:57 15:13 15:29 15:57

Last week en route to THE OLD MILL, KENNINGTON, ASHFORD

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Selling to Wye Thursday, 14th July, 2016

IMG_0487 This is a walk from Selling to Wye. Vasco (aka J Pike of this Parish) has allowed me to guest edit this week.

We get the 0848 from Cant East to Selling (£4). Meet at station.

We alight at 0857 and proceed via Selling village, Perrywood lookout, Shottenden, Wytherling Court, Molash Church, Challock, down towards Eastwell Manor, then straight on towards Kennington instead of left to Boughton Aluph.

Lunch at the Old Mill, Kennington (on main Cant-Ashford Rd but approach and leave via a small lane and a footpath). This is highly recommended by Big Graham at the gym, for those who know him.

The pub is 10-11 miles I calculate, so I would book for 1.30.

It’s then 2.5 miles to Wye station.

Back from Wye on 1509 or 1539 (they are every hour on these times) £5.50

Total walking 12-13 miles though it might be a bit more as my distance calculating method is v rough and ready.

I think I’ll need to make a booking at the Old Mill so could you reply reasonably soon to John or preferably me.

See you Thursday

Don

SSFR – WHAT IS IT?

Silver Striders Fast Route (tried and tested direct route)

Fast routes are the first half of a walk, which will take the whole day.

SSFR 1 (CANTERBURY TO ELHAM)

SSFR 2 (CANTERBURY TO BADLESMERE)

PLUCK’S GUTTER 3 – THURSDAY, 7 JULY, 2016

SILVER STRIDERS
CONTUBERNII PRIMUM
8:30 Meet outside 25 St Augustine’s Road
Proceed Stour Valley Walk by side of St. Martin’s Church
Fordwich, Stodmarsh, Nature Reserve, Grove Ferry, Stourmouth, Pluck’s Gutter
Lunch: Dog and Duck, Pluck’s Gutter
If you wish to return from Pluck’s Gutter to Canterbury
Bus 11: 12:23, 13:32, 14:23, takes about 50 mins
Afternoon:
Saxon Shore Way the South along Westmarsh Drove footpath then Hoaden
Continue, cross A257 then footpaths into Wingham:
Buses from Wingham to Canterbury: 13, 13A, 14 (less than 20 mins)
14:55, 15:18, 15:36, 15:56. 16:04, 16:18, 16:48, 16:56
IMG_0413last week’s walk to charing – between badlesmere and charing – great walk, even though we got soaked within the first hour – later it cleared and by old wives leas we decided to carry on.  about 18/19 miles.  there is no pub in charing any more but we did find a very good tea room, where toasted tea cakes, strawberry jam and pots of tea revived us before heading to the station for the direct train to canterbury west.

Thursday 30 June, 2016 – Canterbury to Charing (approx 17miles) meet 8:00

POSTPONED TO THURSDAY 30 JUNE, 2016

SILVER STRIDERS
CONTUBERNII PRIMUM
***BRING A PACKED LUNCH***
Packed lunch because we want to be sure to catch the train from Charing back to Canterbury – a stop at the Red Lion could delay us.
 
8:00 Meet at Corner of Old Dover Road/Nunnery Fields
 
8:15 Collection point for other side of town Striders – Toddlers Cove
 
SSFR 2 to Badlesmere then footpaths and some yellow roads to Charing
 
Direct train from Charing to Canterbury West (44 mins)
 
14:41 or more likely
 
15:41
 
cost £7:00 with railcard
LAST WEEK’S WALK TO FAVERSHAM (lots of it through the woods) – finishing up at the yard in Faversham

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THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2016 @ 8:00

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LAST WEEK SITTING OUTSIDE CRUNDALE CHURCH, FOR A BRIEF MOMENT OF REPOSE, BEFORE THE FINAL ONSLAUGHT ON WYE

SILVER STRIDERS
CONTUBERNII PRIMUM

8:00 Meet corner of Old Dover Road/Nunnery Fields/Oaten Hill

8:20 Join at London Road Roundabout for those living on the London side of Canterbury

Proceed along Mill Lane and North Downs Way

Bridge across A2

Podhurst Farm

Denstead Wood/Court Wood/Winterbourne Wood

South Street/Brenley/Westwood Court

Faversham – Eat at one of The Yard, Havershams, Cosgroves (Preston Street) or The Bear or travel back to Canterbury

About 11 miles or 4 hours

Trains (£3.50 with Railcard)

12:08, 12:24, 13:08, 13:24 (11/13 MINS)

Buses

12:06 (3X @ 25 mins)

12:16 (3 @ 35 mins)

12:36 (3X @ 25 mins)

12:45 (3B @ 35 mins)

13:06 (3X @ 25 mins)

 

Thursday – 9 June, 2016 @ 9:00 – Canterbury to Wye (Silver Striders regular route)

 

 

SILVER STRIDERS
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STRIDERS APPROACHING THE A2 EN ROUTE TO DENTON LAST WEEK
CONTUBERNII PRIMUM
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)
 
Lunch at the Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen (we have not been that impressed in the past but maybe it has improved, recent reviews would indicate this, plus a local resident recommended it to me a few weeks back when I was walking through Wye).
 
Trains back to Canterbury West:
 
14:09 (16 mins)
 
14:36 (12 mins)
 
15:09 (16 mins)
 
15:39 (12 mins)
 
£3.65 with Railcard

Thursday – 2 June, 2016 @ 8:30 – Denton (a different approach) 10+ miles

 

Meet outside 25 St Augustine’s Road @ 8:30
 
We take a different route to the great route that Peter Taylor-Gooby gave us a short while back.
 
Lunch at the Jackdaw, Denton
 
 
– let me know if you are coming so that I can advise the Jackdaw accordingly.
 
Return journey by bus from outside the pub:
 
Bus 16 (17 mins to Canterbury from Denton)
 
13:49
 
14:01
 
14:19
 
14:31
 
14:49
 
15:01
 
 
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THE STRIDERS APPROACH CIVILISATION, WELL HERNE BAY AT LEAST, ON LAST WEEK’S WALK. THE WALLFLOWER CAFE AGAIN PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT, GOOD VALUE, VEGETARIAN LUNCH

Thursday 26 May, 2016 Canterbury to Herne Bay (Quest to find the Wallflower)

Meet outside 25 St Augustine’s Road at 8:30
 
Proceed to Fordwich, up to Broad Oak then via Herne to Herne Bay (about 11 miles)
 
Lunch at The Wallflower Cafe
 
http://www.wallflowercatering.co.uk
 
Return by bus:
 
13:22 (bus4) 38 mins
13:36 (bus4x) 29 mins
13:51 (bus 4a) 29 mins
13:52 (bus 4) 38 mins
14:05 (bus 4x)
14:21 (bus 4a)

2016-05-26 Canterbury to Herne Bay express route

 

Permissive path though Bower Wood - on last week's walk to the Badlands

Permissive path though Bower Wood – on last week’s walk to the Badlands