Thursday 7 December 2023 – Herne via Stodmarsh

Meet 8.30am at St Martins Church

The walk is about 12 miles, with regular buses back from Herne. There is the option of a shorter walk (about 9 miles) by getting the bus back from Upstreet. Bring a packed lunch.

We take the cycle path through Old Park and join with the cycle route to Fordwich. The the Stour Valley Way from Fordwich to Stodmarsh, and the path through the Stodmarsh bird reserve to Grove Ferry. Footpath to Upstreet, then cross the main road and take the footpath to Chitty. From Chitty we take small roads through Chislet and Millbank to Herne.

Last week’s walk to Elham:

Wednesday Walk – 6 December, 2023

Meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am. A route for the walk this week will be decided on the day but it will be no longer than two hours.

The pic below is a fine example of fungi Fly agaric (checked on google) taken on a Sunday Strider Stroll at Upper Garrington Farm near Littlebourne.

SSS315 – Tuesday, 5 December, 2023 – 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:

Canterbury to Elham SSFR1 – Thursday, 30 November, 2023

Meet outside the Hospital (Junction of South Canterbury Road with Ethelbert Road) @ 8:30

Tea/Coffee/Beer in Elham or early bus back

Back of Canterbury Rugby Club/Nackington/Pett Bottom/Gorsley Wood/Westwood/Quilters Wood/Clambercrown/Palmstead/Peafield/Park Gate/Elham

17 Bus back to Canterbury 11:50, 12:50

Approximately 10 miles

Last week’s Ash via Goodnestone Walk:

Wednesday Walk – 29 November, 2023

The meeting place and time is as usual, 8:30am at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens.

The weather forecast for the walk is for no rain before 11am and after then a possibility of light showers.

Postponed from last week the walk will take us along the river bank towards Chartham and then will loop

back to the city centre.

The pic from last week was taken at the start of a walk that took us to the university and on to the fields above Hales Place. Wonderful views of the Cathedral and city below.

SSS314 – 28 November, 2023 – The Steve’s Walk

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:

Thursday 23 November 2023 – Ash via Goodnestone

Meet 8.30am at K&C Hospital, South Canterbury Road entrance.

The walk is around 13 miles. Bring a packed lunch, although there is also a cafe and pub at Ash if preferred. Regular buses back to Canterbury. A shorter version would be possible by taking the yellow road from Adisham to Bramling and getting the bus there.

Through the hospital, up to the rugby ground, Nackington, Whitehill woods, Middle Pett Farm, Bridge. Bifrons Park, Adisham, Goodnestone, Claypits, Staple, Ash.

Last week’s fairly wet walk between Wye and Elham:

Wednesday Walk – 22 November, 2023

Please gather at the main entrance of the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am for a midweek two hour walk followed by an hour of coffee and chat.
The forecast for Wednesday morning is for 0% rain, temperature between 6-8 degrees and light clouds and wind, perfect walking weather.
A circular walk setting off in the Chartham direction is the suggestion for this week.
The pic from last week is of the lads on Barton Down:

SSS313 – Tuesday, 21 November, 2023 – The Valley Lark Walk

Meet @ 8:00 am outside the hospital – junction of South Canterbury Road with Ethelbert Road

The Langton Path to the end of the school playing fields, rugby club, over the A2 bridge and down to Merton Farm.  Footpath through Merton Farm, later Iffin Lane and connecting to footpath to New House Lane and then down into Larkey Valley Wood.  Through the wood, coming out on Cockering Road, which we walk along until we get to the footpath for New House Lane, then along Hollow Lane turning into the orchard, later over the bridge along Stuppington Lane to the junction with South Canterbury Road, where the walk finishes.

6 miles.

Last week’s Woolton Farm Walk: