1: EXPLORE KENT’S ELHAM WALK
3.7 miles 2 hours moderate circular
2.30 pm. Meet Kay Hammond of ‘Explore Kent’ in The Square, Elham, CT4 6TJ
Guided by Explore Kent’s Kay Hammond, walk in the footsteps of the famous, discovering, for example, the childhood home of Audrey Hepburn. Amble along peaceful footpaths nestled between hedgerows, woodland and a patchwork of fields revealing the quintessentially Kentish views of this beautiful landscape, then join the festival social event for a drink and refreshments.
Find out more about EXPLORE KENT
2: A HISTORY WALK FROM THE DOWNS TO THE CHANNEL COAST
4.5 miles 2.5 hours moderate linear
10.00 am. Meet John Buss at Etchinghill Village Hall car park (50p) CT18 8NQ
Walk over the crest of the North Downs then downhill to the coast at Hythe enjoying spectacular views and a real insight into fascinating sites representing over 3,000 years of history in this area. Buses back from Hythe via Folkestone or arrange a lift. Lunch in one of Hythe’s eateries.2:30 p.m.
3: THE ELHAM VALLEY WAY
23.0 miles 10.5 hours strenuous linear
8.30 am. meet Graham Smith at Hythe Public Library, Hythe CT21 6BQ (GR 161345)
This challenging 23 mile walk is offered by the Long Distance Walkers Association. The walk takes us from the coast to Canterbury through woodlands, secret byways and unspoilt villages, finishing at Canterbury at about 7pm for the bus back to Hythe. Pub lunch + bring plenty of water.10.00 a.m.
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4: THE NORTH DOWNS WAY: LYMINGE LOOP
8.0 miles 4.0 hours moderate circular
10.45 am. Meet Peter Morris, NDW Trail Manager, outside Lyminge library CT18 8HS (GR165410)
To celebrate 40 years of the North Downs Way and 50 years of the Kent Downs AONB, a circular walk taking in two of Kent’s most popular long distance routes. Southwards towards the North Downs Way National Trail, along the crest of the North Downs with its spectacular panoramic views towards the Channel then returning along the Elham Valley Way. Bring a snack. Drinks at the Cat & Custard Pot pub.
5: THE BLACK ROBIN FIGURE OF EIGHT
9.0 (5 + 4) miles 4.0 (2.5 + 1.5) hours moderate/easy figure of eight
10.15 am. meet Diana Backwell & Evelyn Soppitt at the field car park opposite the Black Robin Pub CT4 6HS (GR 202513)
A scenic walk through Kingston and Bekesbourne and the old railway station, rising to the Downs and returning through the woods to the Black Robin pub for lunch (5 miles).
After lunch (from ca. 1:30 p.m.) an easier 4 miles to take in the ancient pilgrims’ route with splendid views across the beautifully landscaped Bourne and Charlton Parks, before returning to our Black Robin base. Bring a packed lunch or food is available at the pub.
6: VINEYARDS AND WOODS
5.0 miles 2.5 hours moderate circular
10.15 am. meet Chris Jelly at the Barham Business Park car park, CT4 6BQ (GR198477)
Ascending up the west side of the Elham valley, then through the ancient Covert Wood before returning to the Vineyard. After the walk there will be an optional guided tour of the vineyard with a wine and cheese platter for £15… please phone 01227 831266 to book this option.
Visit the Vineyard website.
7: IN CELEBRATION OF THE ASH
3.5 miles 2.5 hours easy circular
11.15 am. Meet Madeleine Hodge (project manager for The Ash Project) at car park (turn immediately left after the old railway bridge) Peene. CT18 8BA. (GR184378)
Gain a real insight into both the scientific and cultural importance of this very special tree. Led by the leader of the Kent Downs AONB’s The Ash Project, you will see for yourself the ecological challenges this tree faces, hear poetry and prose and hear about the process of creating an art work celebrating the beauty and importance of this tree.
Learn more about the The Ash Project