Gunpowder Plot, Thursday, 29 August, 2019

***PACKED LUNCH*** to be eaten en route
This week’s new walk created and led by Huw.
Meet at Canterbury East Station to catch 09:09 train to Faversham. Return ticket with Railcard is £3.95 (note we shall return from Selling but the return from Faversham will cover this).

Walk from Faversham station to the Gunpowder park. This is 3km.
We can spend some time wandering around it as it is a fascinating bit of industrial archaeology.
Then we walk up to Cherry Tree Drive which is where we join the Swales Heritage trail.
Quite soon after we turn off the trail left at Deerton Street and go straight to Lewson St crossing the A2.
Then a mixture of yellow road and footpath passing The Trefoil and going near Rushett to join the yellow road just by Stuppington Farm.
Passing under the M2 along Elverland lane then left on a footpath to Scott’s Farm.
Right on to a footpath through Painter’s Forstal and footpath to Badgin’s Wood, then yellow road and a bit of the A251 to Sheldwich.
Take the footpath by the church to Hogben’s Hill, then yellow road past Selling church and then right on to a footpath to the station.
Estimated distance 15 miles.
Afternoon tea at Sondes café before we return on the train from Selling station.
Trains from Selling Station at 14:31; 14:56; 15:31; 16:02; 16:34 (Journey time less than 10 mins).

Last week’s Selling to Wye walk.

Selling to Wye Thursday, 22 August, 2019


Meet at Canterbury East Station in time for 8:44 departure

We catch the 0844 from Canterbury East Station to Selling (£4.30).

We alight at 0853 and proceed via Selling village, Perrywood, Shottenden, Flemings, Molash Church, Challock, down towards Eastwell Manor, then NDW to Wye Station.

Find somewhere to eat our packed lunch around midday.

14 miles.

Back from Wye Station at 13:11; 13:41; 14:11; 14:41; 15:11; 15:41. Cost £3.90 with railcard.

Last week’s Bossingham Loop walk:

The Bossingham Loop – Thursday 15 August, 2019

**Please bring a packed lunch to be eaten en route**

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

Proceed along NDW/EVW footpath onto Hode Lane and then Patrixbourne, up the hill and crossing the A2 by Higham Court and onward to Bishopsbourne.

Then south-west, between Charlton Wood and Gorsley Wood, Reed Farm, along yellow road to Reed’s Mill, Westwood, east side of Quilters wood, then past Clamberdown and Atchester Wood to Bossingham. West again on footpaths past Stelling Lodge Farm to hit B2068 just north of The Hollies. There will be 2-300 yards on this road.

Then onto footpath heading NNW past Dane Chantry, later past Petham Village Hall, through the village, heading for Canterbury, then just after end of buildings strike left, right and left on the FP to Kenfield Hall, up over Chartham Downs Rd, then back to Canterbury via New House Lane, Hollow Lane and Stuppington Lane. This week’s walk created and led by Don.

Approx. 16 miles

Last week’s walk with the Striders between Chilham and Waltham:

The Shelly’s to Shelly’s Walk – Chilham to St Margaret’s Bay – Thursday, 8 August, 2019

***Please bring a packed lunch***

Meet at Canterbury West Station to catch the 8:36 train to Chilham (8 minutes) cost £4.60.

Walk Morning (12 miles approx)- led by Peter
Take footpath from Bagham then: Julieberrie Downs, Upper Thruxted Farm, Anvil Green, Waltham. We then work across to Waddenhall Farm, across the Minnis and into Elhampark Wood and then road and footpath to Elham. Tea break at Cosy Cafe, Elham before afternoon walk.

If joining for the afternoon, one possibility is to take the 12:25 bus no.17 from Canterbury Bus Station, which arrives in Elham at 12:56 – meet the party from the Morning Walk at the Cosy Cafe. If returning to Canterbury the buses back from Elham leave at 12:42; 13:42 and 14:50.

Afternoon Walk (leaves Elham approximately 13:30) (14 miles approx) – led by Peter
Elham to Paddlesworth then onto Gibralter Lane, Crete Road East and onto the North Downs Way/Saxon Shore Way coastal footpath to Dover followed by the Saxon Shore Way/White Cliffs Country Trail to St Margaret’s Bay. Transport (car) has been arranged to bring walkers back from St. Margaret’s Bay.

Last week’s Canterbury to Elham walk via Bossingham and Stelling Minnis:

Canterbury to Elham (via Bossingham and Stelling Minnis) – Thursday, 1 August, 2019

Meet outside the hospital: junction of South Canterbury Road with Ethelbert Road @ 8:30 am

Footpath to Rugby Club then Nakington, follow on through Whitehill Wood but this time we take the yellow road down to The Duck. We then take the footpath to Broxhall Wood, Broxhall Road then path down by Hardres Court Farm, along the road to the footpath, which leads to Bossingham. We follow a bit of yellow road but then take the footpath through Atchester Wood, then yellow roads along to Stelling Minnis where we take the footpath through Elhampark Wood to Upper Park Gate Farm then straight down and into (road/footpath) Elham.

Packed lunch or The Cosy Tea Rooms or both

Approximately 12 miles.

Number 17 Bus back to Canterbury:


earlier would be 12:42, later would be 14:50

Last week’s Dojo Circle Walk, which, to some extent, succeeded in keeping us in the shade:

Thursday, 25 July, 2019 The Dojo Circle (heat reduction walk)

Meet outside 25 St Augustine’s Road at 8:00am – note earlier start time to avoid midday heat
Out on SVW/NDW route to Hode Lane, then upto A2 junction, cross the road and head for NDW direction Highham Court, cross over A2 bridge and onto footpath over Bourne Park to Frog Lane, thence Crows Camp Road and eventually footpath back tracing the west side of Gorsley Wood. Pett Bottom/Whitehill Wood/Nackington/Rugby Club/Hospital where the walk finishes. Estimated at 10 miles. It will be hot so please bring plenty of water.

Last week’s walk to Herne Bay:

Thursday, 11 July, 2019 Canterbury to Selsted

Meet 8.30am K&C Hospital, junction of South Canterbury and Ethelbert Road.

To rugby ground, Nackington Road, Nackington, Whitehall Wood, Pett Bottom road, footpath to Westwood Farm, Covet Wood Farm, Colehill Wood, Dane Farm, Bladbean, Wingmore, North Elham (escape route for those who want the Cosy Tea Room and bus back), Rakehole Farm, Selsted.

Likely finish 12.30/1pm so bring some food or wait until we get home.

Approx. 12 miles. Led by Nick.

Bus 16 back, three an hour, 1255, 1315, 1335 etc

Last week’s Chillenden Diamond Walk:

Thursday, 4 July, 2019 The Chillenden Diamond

Please bring a packed lunch – the weather looks good at the moment.

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

Follow NDW to Patrixbourne then Shepherds’ Close Road to Bridle Path, yellow road, Woodlands Wood, Cooling Downs down to Pond Lane. Footpath over to behind Nonington then a network of footpaths, finally leading into Chillenden. Leave Chillenden by footpath to Goodnestone then another footpath, which takes us to Love Lane and then back to Canterbury via Adisham.

Distance approx 18 miles

Last week’s Canterbury to Swalecliffe Walk:

Thursday, 27 June, 2019 – Canterbury to Swalecliffe

**Packed lunch**

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

Proceed to Stour Valley Way footpath past St Martin’s Church
over the rail line
Broad Oak
Through West Blean Wood to Sheepfold
Chestfield Golf Club
Chestfiled and Swalecliffe Station then roads to Tankerton Beach for lunch, then walk to Whitstable for bus back to Canterbury in the early afternoon.
About 12 miles

Last week’s Woodland Circular Walk