SATURDAY 01 JUNE

1:  THE ELHAM VALLEY WAY: HYTHE TO CANTERBURY

23 miles        10.5 hours        strenuous        linear

RESERVE A PLACE

8.30 am. Meet Graham Smith at Hythe Public Library, Hythe CT21 6BQ (TR161345)

This challenging 23 mile walk is led by the Kent Long Distance Walkers Association.  The route starts at Hythe on the Channel coast passing through woodlands, secret byways and unspoilt villages to Canterbury arriving at about 6 pm for the bus back to Hythe. Pub lunch + bring plenty of water.

Find out more about the LDWA


2:  HEAD OF THE VALLEY PANORAMA

6.5 miles        3.0 hours        moderate        circular

RESERVE A PLACE

10.00 am. Meet Diana Backwell at Etchinghill Village Hall Car Park (50p charge), CT18 8NQ  (TR167394)

Great panoramic views towards the Channel coast and across the Elham Valley with local history and features described along the way.  Sandwich/baguette at the Coach & Horses, Lyminge (optional).


3:  FRONTLINE KENT: A HISTORY WALK

4.5 miles        3.0 hours        moderate        circular

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10.00 am. Meet John Buss at the Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge (park on Aerodrome Rd) CT18 7AG (TR207396)

Enjoy spectacular views towards the Channel and France, while historian John Buss provides an insight into how this area was on the ‘frontline’ in the conflicts of the twentieth century.  Observe the remains of wartime defences and the traces of the old RAF Hawkinge airfield: a reminder of how real the threat of invasion was 80 years ago. Finish with a visit to the superb Kent Battle of Britain Museum (optional).

Find out more about the  Kent Battle of Britain Museum


4:  HILLS, VALLEYS & VINEYARDS

3.5 or 7.0 miles        2.0 or 4.0 hours        moderate        circular

RESERVE A PLACE

10.00 am. Meet Chris Jelly in The Square Elham, CT4 6TJ (TR177439)

Follow the Elham Valley Way through sloping pastures and ancient woods to the popular Elham Vineyard and Plant Centre (one steep ascent en route). After coffee and cakes in the Vineyard Cafe either catch the 17 bus back to Elham or ascend to rural Bladbean with far-reaching views across the valley. Return along shady lanes and sleepy meadows to Elham village via its ancient High Street.

Find out more about the VINEYARD


5:  THE NORTH DOWNS WAY: THE 2019 LYMINGE LOOP

8.7 miles        5.5 hours        moderate        circular

RESERVE A PLACE

10:30 am. Meet Averil Brice outside Lyminge library.  CT18 8HS (TR165410)

A new improved route for this popular walk taking in two of Kent’s most visited long distance trails. Starting on the Elham Valley Way then ascending to the fascinating hamlet of Paddlesworth for drinks at the Cat & Custard Pot pub (optional). Bring a picnic lunch. Then Southwards along the North Downs Way National Trail with spectacular views towards the Channel.

Find out more about the North Downs Way  and the Kent Downs  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


6:  A HEALTH WALK AROUND LYMINGE

2.0 miles        1.0 hour        easy        circular

RESERVE A PLACE

11:15 am meet Val Allan at Lyminge Village Hall car park, CT18 8EW (TR159408)

This short leisurely walk along footpaths (one high stile) in the area around Lyminge is a chance to try the kind of walk offered by the national Walking for Health scheme. Enjoy the benefits of healthy exercise and meet new people in the special landscape around this charming village.

Find out more about WALKING FOR HEALTH.


7:  EXPLORE KENT’S ELHAM WALK

3.7 miles        2.0 hours        moderate        circular

RESERVE A PLACE

2:30pm. Meet Vicky Burton in The Square, Elham, CT4 6TJ  (TR177439)

Guided by Explore Kent’s Vicky Burton 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.

Learn more about Explore Kent