Thursday, 15 April, 2021, Canterbury Western Circle (Anti Clockwise)

8:30 Meet outside St Mary Bredin Church, Nunnery Fields

Road and footpath to Rough Common (‘Our Friends from the North’ may wish to join somewhere on this path behind Whitstable Road)

Church Wood but, this time, through to Bishopsden and Bossenden woods, eventually to Dunkirk

Walk over the A2 bridge at Dunkirk and along the edge of Poundfall Wood down to Forester’s Lodge Farm and then take the footpath into South Bishops Den wood. Various footpaths through to Podhurst Farm, cut down to Bigbury, back over the A2 bridge and into Harbledown then Canterbury.

Packed lunch en route.

About 14 miles

Last week’s ‘Further sightings of the Nailbourne’ walk:

Thursday 8 April – Further sightings of the Nailbourne, 21km (13 miles)

Meet 8.30am at the junction of South Canterbury Road with Nunnery Road.

Probably back around 1.30pm so bring packed lunch or snack.
Warning: wet boots fording the Nailbourne. However, we have managed this in recent weeks and there is an alternative if it is too high.

Zealand Road, Lime Kiln Road, New House Lane, St Augustines estate, past the old Perry Court School to Garlinge Green. Capel Farm, Capel Wood,

Hault Farm, Yawlings Wood, New Barn Farm. Duckpit to the Nailbourne crossing. Then up to Stone Street, Little Catt’s Farm, Lower Hardres, Whitehill Wood, Nackington and home.

Last week’s first Thursday walk for some time

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 10 December Bigbury, Church and Thornden Woods

Meet 8.30am, St Mary Bredin Church

The walk is 22km (about 14 miles) and we should finish around 1.30pm so bring lunch or a snack.

Toddlers cove, river path (partly flooded atm), Tonford Manor, Bigbury woods, Poldhurt Farm, Upper Harbledown. Take the path into Blean Woods, through the woods to Whitstable Road, Amery Court, Clowes and Thornden woods, Alcroft Grange, Hales Place estate and home through Canterbury.

Last week’s Wickhambraux circle walk

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 29 October, 2020. The Villages walk (anticlockwise)

Meet K&C Hospital, 8.30am

The walk is about 24km (15 miles) so bring a snack or packed lunch.

Past the rugby club, through Nackington into Whitehill wood, over the Elham valley line to Bridge. Then to Patrixbourne, Bekesbourne, past Littlebourne to Ickham via Lower Garrington Farm, then Wickhambreaux, Stodmarsh, Fordwich and back to Canterbury on the Stour Valley way.

Last week’s Victory Wood walk:


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 15 October, 2020 Petham, Upper Hardres Circle

Meet 8.30am at the junction of Nunnery Fields/ Nunnery Road

Walk approximately 20kl (12 miles), returning around 12.30, so bring a snack/lunch if you want.

Nunnery Rd, Zealand Rd, Lime Kiln Road. Footpath path alongside Hollow Lane to New House Lane. New House Farm, over the Downs road, to Kenfield Hall. Footpath to Petham, past the church, footpath to Thompson Garden Centre, over the Stone Street to Upper Hardres Farm. Footpath to Westwood Farm, left along footpath to Pett Bottom. Into Whitehill Woods, Nackington, home via the Rugby Club.

Lunch break at Ickham last week