Thursday, 30 June, 2022 – Canterbury Western Circle + Airstrip (clockwise)

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

Harbledown/Bigbury/Podhurst Farm then various paths across to South Bishops Den/Forester’s Lodge Farm/Poundfall Wood – bridge over A2

Dunkirk/Bossenden Woods, when we’re above Bossenden Farm we shall work our way across, towards Crooked Oak and then down to the Airstrip (recently visited by Barry and Peter) and from there back towards Church Wood, then on to Rough Common and back to Canterbury along the footpath behind Kent College and towards the cemetery.

A packed lunch/elevenses recommended – to be consumed en route.  As it is hotter these days a litre of water, at least, is recommended.

About 14 miles

Last week’s The Bottoms and Bossingham Walk:

Thursday 23 June 2022 – The Bottoms and Bossingham

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

Walk is about 15 miles, returning around 1.30pm. Bring lunch or snack.

Past the rugby club, through Nackington, Whitehill woods, up to footpath behind Pett Bottom. Run along Pett Bottom valley to Lynsore Bottom, footpath to Bossingham, then Stelling Lodge farm to Stone Street. Cross to Dunlies wood, and join Duckpit at Ansdore. Walk down Duckpit and cross before Petham House to Capel Road, behind Kenfield Hall, cross Bridge Downs road onto footpath to New House Lane and home.

Last week’s Wickhambreaux circle:

Thursday 16 June, 2022 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

Thursday 9 June 2022 – Church and Thornden woods

Meet 8.30am at St Mary Bredin.

The walk is about 13 miles. At about 11 miles we will be at the UKC campus, so bring a packed lunch and/or have coffee at the Gulbenkian cafe.

Landsdown Road, Toddlers Cove, river walk to Tonford Manor, Bigbury on the NDW, Upper Harbledown, Church Wood. Cross the Whitstable Road at Blean, Amery Court, We’ll Court, Thornden Wood, Alcroft Grange, Little Hall Farm, Darwin, Gulbenkian and then back into Canterbury. Some people want to go to the lunchtime concert (free) at 1pm.

Thursday, 26 May, 2022 The Fright Wood Circle (in reverse)

Packed lunch or snack suggested

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.

11 miles

Last week’s North West Passage to Whitstable walk:

Thursday 19 May 2022 – North West Passage to Whitstable

Meet at 8.30am St Mary Bredin Church

The walk is about 11m with a bus back from Whitstable. Option of a visit to Wetherspoons or packed lunch by the sea.

Landsdown Rd to Canterbury East, Toddlers Cove, river walk to Tonford Manor. Tonford Lane to NDW, through Bigbury wood and right down to Poldhurst Farm. Over the A2 bridge into Willows and Church Wood, to Denstroude Farm and Lane through Ellenden Wood and Fox’s Cross. Walk along Seasalter Lane and footpath through Seasalter to the coast, approaching Whitstable by the beach huts and the Neptune.

Triangle bus back to Canterbury.

Last week’s Canterbury to Wye via Hassle Street walk:

Thursday – 12 May, 2022 Canterbury to Wye (via Waltham and Hassle Street)

Meet corner of Stuppington Lane and South Canterbury Road 8:30 am

Proceed to New House Lane toward Kenfield Hall, then Petham, Mounts Wood, Hassell Street, then West to the Wye Downs, Wye.

PACKED LUNCH

13 miles

Back by train to Canterbury West:

13:11, 14:11, 15:11

Cost (with Silver Striders railcard) £4:25 without £6.50 (maybe cheaper if we were to a get group discount)

Last week’s new route devised by Nick – Canterbury to Denton:

Thursday 5 May 2022 – Denton

Meet at 8.30, junction of Nunnery Fields and Road.

The walk is about 14 miles, with the bus back from Denton. There is the option of a shorter walk by getting the bus back from Barham (about 11 miles).

Bring a packed lunch, although there is also the option of going into the Jackdaw at Denton for lunch.

Zealand Road, Lime Kiln, top of Stuppington Lane, New House Lane to Downs Road. Kenfield Hall, Swarling Manor, Harmansole Farm, Lower Hardres, Pett Bottom. Along the Pett Bottom valley, and across towards Marley and down to Barham (option of bus back for a shorter route). Derringstone Downs, Lodge Lee Down, Willow Wood to Denton.

There are regular fast buses back to Canterbury.

Lunch break on last week’s walk from Harrietsham to Faversham:

Thursday – 28 April, 2022 Harrietsham to Faversham

**Packed Lunch**

Meet at Canterbury West Station to catch 8:05 train (direct to Harrietsham)

Train from Canterbury West to Harrietsham 8:05 (arrive Harrietsham 8:44) – cost £6:30 if booked in advance on the South Eastern website (collect ticket from Canterbury West Station or any specified station – you choose when you order the ticket).

Footpaths and yellow roads, starting of on the North Downs Way, through Wichling, Seed, Newnham/Eastling, Ospringe, Faversham.

Approx: 12 miles

We should arrive in Faversham early afternoon, i.e. before 14:00 where we can take the fast bus to Canterbury (X3 or X4 – 24 mins) leaving at :01 and :31 past the hour.

We last did this walk on 31 May, 2018 – there is a photo of us on the website, all looking a little younger

Last week, en route to Selling: