Thursday, 31 August, 2023 – Whitstable to Faversham

Bring packed lunch/refreshment for en route stops.  Faversham offers other opportunities, including Wetherspoons.

Meet at Canterbury Bus Station to catch the 8:35 Triangle bus to Whitstable (Bay B1) – 35 mins.

We follow the coast path between Whitstable and Faversham Creek.

Bus back to Canterbury (3 or X3 – travel time 28 mins):

12:54;13:24; 13:54; 14:24

Distance: 10 miles

Last week’s Westgate to Ramsgate coastal walk:

Wednesday Walk 30 August, 2023

Wednesday Walkers will meet again this week at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens for an 8:30am start.

The pic from last week is kindly supplied by Les. He reports of a jolly seaside walk between Whitstable and Herne Bay on a sunnier than
usual day. Instead of coffee the occasion demanded ice creams all round. Les recommends the rhubarb and custard flavour.

SSS301 – Tuesday 29 August, 2023 – Reverse The Valley Lark Walk

Meet @ 8:00 am at the top of Nunnery Road (at the Junction with Nunnery Fields)

Nunnery Road, Zealand Road, Lime Kiln Road and across the fields coming out at Hollow Lane, then onto New House Lane taking the footpath to Cockering Road.  We take the footpath though Larkey Valley Wood leaving for footpaths crossing New House Lane and Iffin Lane, then footpath through to Merton Farm, cross A2 bridge – Rugby Club, Langton Path, K & C Hospital where the walk ends. 6 miles.

Last week’s Reverse The Woolton Farm Walk:

Thursday 24 August 2023 – Westgate to Ramsgate coastal walk

Meet 8.30 Canterbury Bus Station for the 8.40 No8 bus to Thanet (stand C2)

This is the last opportunity to travel free on the bus before 9.30am. The walk is about 13 miles on flat and easy surface, with the option of going back by train or bus from Broadstairs if you want a shorter walk.

We will get off at Westgate and walk along the coast through Margate, Cliftonville, Broadstairs to Ramsgate. Bring a packed lunch, although there is also the option of lunch at the huge Ramsgate Wetherspoons based by the beach in the Royal Victoria Pavilion.

There is the option of getting the train to Canterbury West from Ramsgate (under 30 minutes) or getting two buses back, via Margate, which takes about 1.5 hours. The first has the advantage of speed, but has the disadvantage that we have to walk to Ramsgate station and from Canterbury West station at the other end.

Last week’s lovely walk through Alkham:

Wednesday Walk 23 August, 2023

Meet at the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am for the start of the walk.

Steve reminds everyone to bring their bus pass. The walk will probably be in the Whitstable/ Herne Bay area.

The local walks will resume next week.

The pic from last week was taken outside Garage Coffee:

SSS 300 – Tuesday 22 August, 2023 – Reverse The Woolton Farm Walk

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

Spring Lane, the footpath past Little Barton House by the railway line then along Bekesbourne Lane taking the second footpath on the left through Woolton Farm, past Farthings Wood and shortly afterwards taking a left into Court Wood towards Littlebourne Road, at the end of this footpath we take the footpath to the left, towards Firdown Wood but turn right before Palmstead Wood proceeding towards the Hoath Farm (footpath).  Bekesbourne Lane to Worcester Lane then through the orchards back to Spring Lane (where the walk concludes) via Little Barton House. 6 miles

Last week’s Reverse The Omicron Walk:

Thursday, 17 August, 2023 – Temple Ewell to Barham

Meet at Canterbury Bus Station to catch 8:35am bus No: 15 (Bay D4) to Temple Ewell – about 20 mins.

Packed lunch and refreshment stops.

Footpath across Scotland Common, The Minnis, leading to Alkham, onward, crossing A260 at Densole.  Footpaths across Acrise CP, then Elham.  Yellow roads and footpath to Barham.

About 13 miles.

Bus 17 from Barham to Canterbury:

13:46; 15:01 (22mins)

Last week’s Folkestone to Kearsney Abbey walk:

Thursday 10 August 2023 – Folkestone to Kearsney Abbey

Meet 8.25am, Bay D1 at Canterbury Bus Station.

Take 8.30 no. 16 bus to Folkestone. This bus leaves Canterbury along the New Dover Road, so the stops at Waitrose or further up the road are an option.

The walk is about 12 miles, with a lunch stop at Kearsney and a bus back from Temple Ewell.

We will get off at Folkestone bus station (arr 9.17) and walk though the town, along the Old High Street and the Harbour, past the Martello Towers on the coast and then take the England Coast Path up the cliffs. The walk to Dover is along the cliff top, past Samphire Hoe and Shakespeare Cliff. Then through Aycliff, past the Western Heights into Dover.

There is the option of a finishing the walk at that point (about 9 miles) and getting the bus 15 back to Canterbury. However, the walk will proceed through Dover and along the Dour Valley path, past Crabble Mill and River to Kearsney Abbey, where we can stop for lunch. Picnic advised, although there is a cafe at the Abbey.

We catch the regular bus no. 15 back from Temple Ewell, which is about 1 mile from Kearsney.

Last week’s walk from Lyminge to Canterbury: