Wednesday Walk – 17 July, 2024

Meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am for a two hour stroll and chat followed by coffee at a city centre cafe at around 10:30am.

The route taken this week will be decided on the day.

The pic taken on the walk last week of the lads was taken in a cherry orchard near Bigbury Wood.

SSS346 – Tuesday 16 July,2024 – Reverse The Don’s Walk

Meet @ 8 am outside 25 St Augustine’s Road

Proceed to Spring Lane then Little Barton House, then through the Orchard Route leading to Bekesbourne Lane crossing onto the footpath behind Hoath Farm.  Onwards to Firdown Wood and then on to the footpath towards Swanton Lane (crossing A257).  Then left onto the footpath over the old dump, when you get to the open field proceed north-west to the far right-hand corner to connect with the footpath through to Stodmarsh Road.  Cross the Christchurch sports field and take the footpath through to Fordwich and then the ‘wall of death’ through to Moat Lane and then along the road for the footpath that leads through the golf course, later joining the SVW and then back towards St Martin’s Church where the walk finishes.

6 miles.

Last Tuesday’s Reverse Around the Woods Walk:

Thursday, 11 July, 2024 Canterbury Western Circle (Anti-clockwise)

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

Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink in case it is warm.

Road and footpath to Rough Common, Church Wood but, this time, through to Bishopsden and Bossenden woods, eventually to Dunkirk.

Walk over the A2 bridge at Dunkirk and along the edge of Poundfall Wood down to Forester’s Lodge Farm and then take the footpath into South Bishops Den wood. Various footpaths through to Podhurst Farm, cut down to Bigbury, back over the A2 bridge and into Harbledown then Canterbury.

About 12 miles

Last week’s The Pet Circle walk:


Wednesday Walk – 10 July, 2024

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 walk will follow the river and leave the path near Tonford Manor continuing on through orchards near Bigbury Wood as far as  Howfield Farm from where we’ll then turn back towards the city via Toddlers Cove.

There is a forecast for possible light rain. The pic from last week is of Steve waiting for a bus at the university. Obviously too much coffee and too many jam croissants at the Gulbenkian cafe to feel like walking back to the city centre.

SS345 – Tuesday, 9 July, 2024 – Reverse Around the Woods Walk

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

Walk to Rugby Club then, via Nackington to Bridge Road and into Whitehill Wood: where four paths cross, carry straight on and, at the next junction, take the path furthest to the right and continue straight ahead.  At the footpath bifurcation, bear left, joining School Lane, head down the hill towards Pett Bottom, at the bottom of the hill, by the Duck, turn left, onto Pett Bottom Road.  Proceed along the road to Little Eaton Farm joining the footpath on the left, back to Whitehill Woods. We keep to the righthand footpath until we begin to exit the woods, where we take the left hand footpath and, at the next footpath junction, turn right, through the orchard, across Bridge Road, then along the footpath by the side of the poly tunnels until we reach the fire break where we descend the hill and cross to the footpath, returning us to the Nackington footpath and back the way we came.

About 7 miles.

Last week’s The Nick’s Walk:


Thursday, 4 July, 2024 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 Ash via Goodnestone Walk:


Wednesday Walk – 3 July, 2024

Meet at the main entrance to the Westgate Gardens at 8:30am. Steve will lead the walk this week and will decide on the day what direction the two hour ramble will take.

The forecast is for possible light rain and a moderate breeze.

The walk last week took us along side the railway lines from Toddlers Cove past Gorse Meadow Farm into Harbledown. The attached pic was taken at a favourite location for Strider photography, John Pedders grave. The walk continued through Neal’s Place and eventually returning to the city on the path that runs behind St Edmunds School and down into St Stephens. Coffee was enjoyed at the Millers Arms.

Thanks to everyone who made it such an enjoyable morning.