Wednesday Walk 4 January, 2023

We’ll gather for an 8:30am start at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens.

Walks will be called off in extreme weather conditions or if heavy continuous rain is forecast.
If in doubt on the day check your e-mails at 7:30am. If there is not anything in your in-box then the walk
will go ahead.
The pic was taken on Barton Down in April. Wednesday Walkers under surveillance?

SSS267 – Tuesday, 3 January, 2023 – The Woolton Farm Walk

The Woolton Farm Walk

Meet outside 25 St. Augustine’s Road at 8:00 am

Proceed upto Little Barton House, then across the orchards later crossing Bekesbourne Lane to the rear of Hoath Farm onto a footpath, through the young orchard, down a dip, up to tree line and bear right along edge of wood. At path T junction, next to gate into field, turn left and follow path up to Littlebourne road. Just before Littlebourne Road turn right and follow path into wood then onto rutted track then asphalt. Turn right onto asphalt farm track and follow to Woolton Farm. Through farm and follow track uphill to re-join Bekesbourne Lane. Turn right onto BL and after a third of a mile, past the old people’s home, left onto track to railway bridge.  Just before bridge turn right onto footpath down into wood, through wood and out onto edge of field. Bear right and follow track back to Little Barton House then down Spring Lane where the walk finishes.  6 miles.

From last week’s ‘The Omicron Walk’:



Thursday 29 December 2022 – NDW, Shalmsford St and the river

Meet 8.30am at the junction of Nunnery Fields and Road.

The route is about 12 miles returning before 1pm.

Follow the North Downs Way out of Canterbury through Bigbury Woods, No Man’s Orchard, Chartham Hatch. Before Old Wives Lees turn down towards Shalmsford St and back along the river path.

Last week’s walk past Swarling Manor and through Lower Hardres:

Wednesday Walk 28 December, 2022

Please note The Wednesday Walk will start at the later time of 10am for this week only.

We’ll gather at the usual meeting place at the main entrance of the Westgate Gardens.
The pic from last week was taken near Toddlers Cove.

Thursday, 22 December, 2022 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 Dover/Samphire Ho/Capel le Ferne/Dover walk:

Wednesday Walk 21 December, 2022

Meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens for an 8:30am start.

After the walk we may go to a cafe for a Wednesday Walkers late breakfast.
We’ll decide on the day if we want to continue this seasonal tradition.
The pic from last week was taken at the Striders Christmas lunch at the Foundry.
A big thank you to everyone who attended. A good time was had by all.

SSS265 – Tuesday, 20 December, 2022 – The Golf Walk

Meet outside St. Martin’s Church at 8:00 am

St. Martin’s Church/SVW/then up the hill to footpath behind the barracks/Across the golf club – avoiding balls and golfers/Scotland Hills and footpath to Moat Lane/Stodmarsh Road junction/Across Moat Rough towards Littlebourne/Turn right into Swanton Lane/Across the A257 to footpath that goes by Firdown Wood/Palmstead Wood then carefully along the Bekesbourne Road/Footpath on left and then take connecting footpath on right.  We end up at Little Barton Farmhouse,then Spring Lane and down the hill.  7 miles

Last Tuesday’s Toddler’s Coves Walk:

Thursday 15 December, 2022 – Dover/Samphire Ho/Capel le Ferne/Dover

Two cars will leave Canterbury at 8:30 for Dover, whilst there will be room for eight or so people please advise Peter if you are coming in order to distribute the passengers between the cars.
Cars parking in Aycliffe, then walking along the top of the cliffs to Capel le Ferne, then zig zag down the cliffs, over the railway and along the concrete promenade and onto the beach. A mile or so to Samphire Ho. A drink/snack in the cafe or packed lunch, back through the tunnel by the pedestrian route and back along the cycle route to Aycliffe.
Please be aware that the cliffs are subject to coastal erosion, here is an example from 2021 – be careful:
I have been advised by Peter that we will definitely not be walking under the area shown in the YouTube video.
Last week’s Selsted via Pett Bottom walk:

Wednesday Walk 14 December, 2022

A time change this week. The walk will start at the main entrance of the Westgate Gardens at 10am and will finish
at the Foundry Brew Pub, 77 Stour Street, Canterbury, CT1 2NR at midday.
Striders attending the Christmas do should not arrive earlier than 12:00pm when the pub opens.

The walk this week will be on entirely dry land and on a day when the forecast is for sunny intervals and a moderate
breeze. Is there anything worse than attending a festive event soaking wet and covered in mud?

The pic from last week is of the lads in the Westgate Gardens waiting for the walk to start.