Thursday 14 September 2023 – Wye via the river and NDW

Meet 8.30am St Mary Bredin Church.

The walk is about 13 miles, with a train back from Wye. Bring a packed lunch or snack.

Short cut possibility by taking train or bus back from Chilham.

Through Toddlers cove, along the river route to Chartham, Shalmsford Street. Via Stile farm to Chilham. Mountain street and North Downs Way through Kings Wood. Wye via Perry Court Farm shop.

Last week’s walk to Grove Ferry:

Thursday 7th September 2023 – A tour around selected water bodies

A 12 mile saunter deep in the countryside, returning by bus.

There is a shorter option, 5 or 6 miles, catching a bus back from Littlebourne.

Meeting at :
67 St Augustines Road at 8:30.

We then go direct to Patrixbourne, skirting south of Garrington, then Littlebourne, Seaton, Preston Court, Grove Ferry.

Options you may enjoy :-
Watercress and or blackberry gathering (bring a bag or box).
Food at Grove Ferry (meal or snack) or take your own packed lunch.

Must haves that you will regret if you forget them :
Water, as it is forecast to be hot 🔥

Last week’s walk from Whitstable to Faversham:

Wednesday Walk – 6 September 2023

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

The main part of the walk will circle Barton Down. Probably the last opportunity to pick blackberries this season.

The pic from last weeks walk is of the lads taking a break in Harbledown:

SSS302 – Tuesday 5 September 2023 – Stuppington variation

Meet 8am, K&C Hospital, South Canterbury Road entrance

Through the hospital, onto the cycle route and past the rugby field. Cross the bridge and turn right into Merton Lane until we reach Merton Farm. Take the footpath towards Lower Heppington and turn right until we reach Iffin Lane. Footpath linking Iffin with New House Lane, and then alongside the Road and eventually into Wincheap. About 6 miles.

Last week’s Tuesday 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:

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:

Thursday 27 July 2023 – Sandwich (northern route)

Meet 8.30am at St Martin’s Church.

The walk is about 14 miles, with a bus back from Sandwich. Bring a packed lunch.

We will take the Stour Valley walk (SVW) to and through Fordwich, branching off right to go through Trenleypark wood and past the solar farm into Littlebourne. Then take the path past the church to Wickhambreaux and between the lakes to Deadmill Bridge, Preston Court (possible break at the church) and Preston. We then take the path through Little Santon Farm and join the SVW again, through Westmarsh and Paramour Street to the Roman Amphitheatre at Richborough. Follow the Saxon Shore Way into Sandwich.

Last week’s Wickhambreaux circle walk:

Thursday 13 July 2023 – Seaside walk from Herne Bay to Margate

Meet 8.30am, Canterbury Bus Station.

We will catch the 8.35 Triangle bus to Herne Bay from Bay C4. The bus fare will be £2 to Margate, and free with a bus pass on return.

The walk is about 12 miles along the coast from Herne Bay to Margate, via Reculver, Birchington and Westgate-on-sea. There are frequent buses back from Margate.

Picnic lunch in Margate, or one of the many cafes/pubs.

A welcoming sign in Chartham Hatch on last week’s walk to Badlesmere:

Thursday 29 June 2023 – Lydden

Meet at 8.30am, K&C, South Canterbury Rd entrance. The walk is 12 miles with regular buses from Lydden.

We will break at Broome Park (cafe available) so bring a packed lunch or snack.

Past the rugby ground to Nackington, Whitehill Woods, Middle Pett Farm, Hint Cottage. Elham Valley way to Bishopsbourne, Kingston, Heart’s Delight, Barham. Over the Broome Park golf course to the main entrance. Past Lyddon Circuit, Birches Farm, Wickham Bushes to Lydden.

There are regular buses back from Lydden. If you want a shorter walk (about 10 miles) there are regular buses from Broome Park or Denton.

Last week’s Waitrose circle: