Thursday 23 March 2023 – Densole via Broom Park

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

The walk is about 14 miles, so please bring a packed lunch. There is a cafe at Broome Park golf course, where we will break.

From the hospital to the rugby field, Nackington, Whitehill Woods, Middle Pett farm. Cross Elham valley railway into the Bourne House valley, then take EVW through Bishopsbourne, Kingston, Heart’s Delight, Derringstone and Barham. Path through golf course to Broome Park. Possibility of taking the bus back at that point for a shorter walk (about 9/10 miles).

Cross the main road and take a combination of footpaths and minor roads through Shelvin and Wooton. Path past Hill House farm to St John’s Commandery (13th century Knight’s Hospitalers base), Swingfield Street, Foxholt cottage to A260 bus stop near Densole. Regular buses back to Canterbury.

Last week’s walk to Whitstable:

Thursday 9 March 2023 – Bishopsbourne, Kingston circle

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

The walk is about 13 miles, returning at around 1pm, so bring a packed lunch if required.

Through the hospital, to the rugby field, over Nackington Road. Then past Nackington, over the Bridge road, Whitehill Woods, footpath to Bourne Park Road and Elham valley way through Bishopsbourne to Kingston. Cross the A2 over the bridge, past Higham Park to Patrixbourne. NDW back to Canterbury.

Last week’s walk to Victory Wood:

Thursday 23 February 2023 – Wye via Waltham

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

The walk is about 14 miles, with a train from Wye back to Canterbury West at 13.56, 14.56. Bring a packed lunch, although the cafe and pubs in Wye are also an option.

Through the hospital, rugby field, Nackington, Whitehill woods, Lower Hardres. Then Catt’s Wood Road, footpath to the garden centre on Stone Street, path to Duckpit, road to Ansdore, path to Waltham, valley through Bavinge and Doves woods, Hassell Street, Coombe Manor, Wye downs and path down to Wye.

Last week’s walk to Ringwould:

Thursday 9 February 2023 – The Bottoms and Bossingham

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

The route is about 14 miles, returning around 1.30pm so bring a packed lunch if required.

Past the rugby field, Nackington Road, Nackington, Whitehill Woods, Little Eaton Farm. Path along Pett Bottom valley to Westwood Farm, then take path through Lynsore Bottom, to Bossingham. Then footpath to Bossingham Church, Stone Street, Dane Chantry, Petham. Through Kenfield Hall parkland to the Chartham Downs road. Path through Rabbit Wood to New House Farm, back to Canterbury.

Last week’s walk to Faversham:

Thursday 26 January 2023 – Villages walk (clockwise)

Meet 8.30am St Martin’s Church

The walk is about 15 miles, with short cuts available from Littlebourne (by bus) or Patrixbourne (NDW back to Canterbury). There are ample churches for a lunch stop.

Pick up Stour Valley walk through Fordwich to Stodmarsh. Then to Wickhambreaux, Ickham, pass close to Littlebourne through Lower Garrington Farm, Bekesbourne, Patrixbourne, Bridge, Whitehill woods, Nackington, home past the rugby ground.

Last week’s sunny walk to Elham:

Thursday 12 January 2023 – Herne Bay (largely mud free route)

Meet 8.30am, St Mary Bredin Church

The route is about 13 miles, with a bus back from Herne Bay. Optional lunch at the Wallflower Cafe. Short cut by taking the bus back from Whitstable or Tankerton. The route is largely mud free because it follows the cycle route towards Whitstable and then the promenade to Herne Bay.

Toddlers Cove, London Road Roundabout, Lower Harbledown, bridge to Neal’s Place, Water Tower, cycle route to Whitstable. Branch off to Tankerton, promenade through Seasalter, Hampton Pier to Herne Bay.

Last week’s Western Circle 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:

Thursday 8 December 2022 – Selsted via Pett Bottom

Meet at 8.30 K&C hospital, South Canterbury Road entrance

The walk is about 12 miles, with regular buses back from Selsted. We’ll probably be back in Canterbury 1-2pm, so bring a picnic lunch if required.

Past the rugby ground, cross Nackington road, past Nackington, through Whitehill Woods, Little Eaton Farm. Footpath behind Pett Bottom to Westwood Farm, Covert Wood, Bladbean Farm, Wingmore, North Elham, Rakeshole Farm, Selsted.

Last week’s walk to Herne Bay:

Thursday 24 November 2022 – Selling, train back

Meet 8.30am, junction of South Canterbury and Nunnery Road

The walk is about 14 miles, with a train back from Selling. Trains leave at 13.31, 14.31. The fare is £4.30 without a rail card. Packed lunch advised. There is a cafe near the station but we might not arrive in time to use it.

Zealand Road, Lime Kiln Road, the orchards and footpath up to New House Lane. Footpath to the Downs Road, which we cross and walk to Garlinge Green. Then into Denge Woods, Upper Thruxted Farm, Eggarton Lane, Godmersham, Dane Street. Over the Challock road to Shottenden, Perry Wood and Selling.

Thursday 10 November – Denge Wood circle

Meeting at 8.30am, St Mary Bredin

The walk is about 14 miles circular so we should be home by around 1.30/2pm. So packed lunch or snack advised.

Toddlers Cove, river walk to Chartham. Stour Valley Walk to Mystole Road, into Denge Wood. Cross Penny Pot Lane by Upper Thruxted Farm and through the woods to Garlinge Green, St Augustines, New House Lane and home.

Last week’s very wet Garrington circle walk: