Thursday, 20 June, 2024 – Canterbury Northern Circle

Lunch stop – packed lunch and something to drink advised

Meet outside The Launderette (opposite St. Mary Bredin Church) at 8:30 am

Walk to Toddler’s Cove then up to Orchard Street, along St. Dunstan’s Terrace, crossing London Road, later taking the footpath beside the Cemetery and parallel to Whitstable Road – towards Rough Common but take the turning by Kent College and then cross the Whitstable Road.
We then take the footpath to Walnut Tree Farm and then into Clowes Wood and through to Radfall, moving along to bypass Chestfield Golf Club and crossing Thornton Wood Road at Sheepfold as we move into West Blean Nature Reserve, making for The Radfall path, thence Hackington and Alcoft Grange. With Canterbury Cathedral as our notional ending place we weave our way through Hales Place, St. Stephen’s and then pavement footpath to the Cathedral.

Approx. 12 miles.

Last week’s The Villages Walk:

 

Wednesday Walk – 19 June, 2024

We will meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am for a two hour walk followed by coffee in a city centre cafe.

This week it will be mainly a river path walk in the Chartham direction with a slight deviation as we return towards the city.

The weather forecast for Wednesday is rain free.

The attached pic taken on last weeks Crab and Winkle Line walk has the lads standing by the railway gate near the site of the 1830 terminus.

SSS342 – 18 June, 2024 – The Steve’s Walk

Meet corner of Nunnery Fields/Nunnery Road @ 8am

Nunnery Road/Zealand Road/Lime Kiln Road/Fields to Hollow Lane/Footpath to New House Lane and then we take the footpath leading to Chartham Downs but turn off towards St. Augustine’s when we arrive at the wood.  After walking through the wood we cross the recreation ground turning right on the return path leading to Larkey Valley, later joining Cockering Road and proceed onwards to the A2/retail park junction, crossing the various turn-offs to the A2 and finding the footpath to Wincheap School, later Oxford Road/Norman Road where the walk ends.

About 6 miles

Last week’s The Valley Lark Walk:

Thursday 13 June 2024 – The Villages walk

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

We will go out past the rugby ground through Nackington, Whitehill Woods, skirt Lower Hardres, Bridge, Patrixbourne, bypass Littlebourne through Lower Garrington Farm, Ickham, Wickhambreaux, Stodmarsh, Fordwich and home along the cycle route to Canterbury.

About 15 miles, with plenty of opportunities to stop for picnic lunch at one of the churches. Short cut by taking the bus back from Littlebourne or Sturry.

Last week’s Fright Wood circle walk:

Wednesday Walk – 12 June, 2024

As usual meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am for a two hour walk followed by coffee at a city centre cafe.

The weather forecast is for a low chance of light rain showers. The walk will follow as close as possible the route of the dismantled Crab and Winkle Line as far as Tyler Hill. Crossing the Hackington Road we will follow a path alongside Great Hall Wood before turning right across a field and then crossing the Sarre Penn at Alcroft Grange. We will return to the city centre via Hales Place.

The pic from last week was taken in the orchards at Harbledown:

SSS341 – Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 – 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:

Thursday, 6 June, 2024 The Fright Wood Circle

Meet outside the Canterbury Launderette, Nunnery Fields – opposite St Mary Bredin Church at 8:30

Lansdown Road to Toddler’s Cove, then SVW to Tonford Manor following path below side of A2 towards Podhurst Farm where we make for Denstead Farm, crossing Denstead Lane arriving at the yellow road above Primrose Hill.  We cut through Denstead Wood (no official footpath) to the Bower Wood/Nickle Wood path then the path through Fright Wood, working down to the path which crosses Ashford Road (A28) and proceeds through a gate in the wall, which leads to the bridge over the Weir. Then onto Chartham, through the Church and taking the path near the Artichoke pub, which eventually leads to Strangers Lane, then New House Lane into Hollow Lane, later crossing to Wincheap Farm, Lime Kiln Road, Zealand Road finishing at the top of Nunnery Road.

Bring lunch/elevenses/snack.  About 11 miles.

Last week’s Herne via Stodmarsh Walk:

Wednesday Walk – 5 June, 2024

Meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am for the two hour midweek walk followed by coffee.

 
Sunny intervals and gentle breeze is the weather forecast for Wednesday.
The message from Steve is coffee will be taken at the Gulbenkian, his shout!
The walk will follow the North Downs Way and at Harbledown cross the field at Hall Place arriving in Rough Common.
From there we will follow paths onto the university campus stopping for coffee before returning to the city centre.
The pic from last weeks “Stop the Blean Housing Development Walk” was taken on the cycle track within the Sarre Penn Valley.