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

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 1 October 2020, Canterbury Northern Woods

Meet St Mary Bredin Church, 8.30am

About 19 km (12 miles). Bring snack or packed lunch.

Through Canterbury city centre to St Stephens, Hales Place, Alcroft Grange, Thornden Wood, Gypsy corner. Into Clowes Wood, to Amery Court, cross Whitstable Road into Blean wood. Back through Rough Common, past the water tower into Canterbury, via Toddlers Cove.

Last week’s Fright Wood 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: