Paleolithic rock shelter.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


This intro by G2Y
Weather: Sunny with occasional cloud; a cool light breeze; maximum temperature 100.

Distance: 7.6 miles;  Conditions dry;  Ray’s jokes: poor;  GP’s Bull***t: moderate;

Complement: 5 handsome fellows

Our HWWP (Happy Wanderers Walk Planner) this week, Terry, really pulled one out of the hat.  As the totally forgotten comic used to say “It’s a cracker!”.  The countryside was as a vivid, fresh green with a sense of coming alive after winter hibernation.  The walk took us first past a familiar grand manor house on the edge of Chilham and then on through less familiar beech woods, occasionally carpeted with bluebells, coppices and other wooded glades as well as fields with various crops in their early stage of growth.  The young lambs looked very healthy although we were unable to do anything to help two renegades who had somehow got out of the field and wanted to get back.  Like Brexit voters, there was much bleating but no idea how they were going to get back to safety.  We were unable to help them as, when Terry approached with a helping hand, they ran away.

Towards the end we were able to gaze from a small bridge along a shaded river to see the occasional splash from fish leaping out of the water in pursuit of flying food.  It was quiet and quite magical.

The walk was punctuated by a generous helping of hills which, as usual, brought comment from the photographer but he was so occupied with photographing the views he didn’t have much time for moaning and nobody listened anyway.  GP pointed out that we had, in fact, trodden this walk before but collective amnesia caused doubtful frowns to pass over furrowed brows.  This, it must be assumed, is only to be expected from the group of old relics that comprised today’s group.  A great day out: the details of the walk are as follows .......

This by our leader TC

Park in car-park at bottom of village then proceed through village and follow Mountain Street to parking area, from here follow path to Godmersham Park and then follow exit road to edge of A28 Ashford Road. Cross road follow Eggarton Lane for about half a mile then turn left onto Stour Valley Walk path and keep on this path until you reach a track at Woodsdale Farm. Cross stile onto track, turn right following path sign for about 100mtrs then left at path sign,S V W and climb uphill, taking left path to edge of wood. Stopped here for a tea/coffee break. We then crossed stile into woods and followed S.V.W. signs down edge of Down Wood until we reached Pilgrims Cycle Track, turned right and followed track until we got to turning on left for Julliberrie Downs ( Long Barrow) and Chilham. We followed path down to edge of Great Stour,crossed bridge then crossed Railwayline to edge of A28 Ashford Road, cross straight over to Bagham Lane, left at Bagham Road to Chilham Square and back to car park.

Chilham Castle

Chilham Square at start of walk

Rear view of Chilham Castle

Godmersham Hall

As you see they have left me behind again

Another hill

As you see a very secure gate


Photo by GY

Photo by GY

Photo by GY
Photo by GY

Photo by GY

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


due to old age and members falling to pieces we were down to just five of us this week when we met up on a chilly, overcast day at Chartham then basically followed the following route written by our leader Mr TC
Park in car park opposite church and then follow Stour Valley Walk towards Canterbury until you reach bridge over railway line on A28. Turn left over bridge and then right up Howfield Lane then right at Howfield Farm and follow S V W past Tonford Manor Farm until you reach edge of A2. Turn left through gap in fence and go up edge of field and when you reach railway crossing go over turn left and follow path signs until you reach a road. Follow path on your right across small field down to edge of Bigbury Road, cross straight over into woods and follow Centenary Walk Canterbury to gate into No Mans Orchard. From here the path changes to North Downs Way which we follow up into Chartham Hatch along New Town Street and at bottom of hill turn left over stile then diagonally across field to Hatch Lane. Follow lane over railway line and turn right onto path that goes diagonally across field to edge of A28,cross straight over and follow path along side Great Stour, over railway crossing and back to car park at Chartham.

River Stour at Chartham and start of walk

Fishing Lake

They are always leaving me behind

Tea Stop

Trying to be artistic

Back at Chartham

                                                         Church at Chartham at end of walk