Book your Walks August 2018

No. Date Walk start and description Time Miles
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1 Thu 22nd
Walmer
OVER THE DOWNS
Walk from Deal Memorial Bandstand. A hilly walk taking in the chalk downland around Ripple. The walk starts with fine views over the English Channel from Hawkshill Down, then heads inland to Ringwould. Continue through the rolling countryside to our lunch stop at the Plough Inn, Ripple.

10:15 12
2 Thu 22nd
Walmer
NELSON’S SEAT WALK
Walk from Deal Memorial Bandstand. This walk takes you on a gentle ascent along quiet roads and paths to fields and woodland. There are fine views of The Downs from Nelson’s Seat.

10:15 6
3 Thu 22nd
Walmer
CHANNEL TALES – A STORYTELLER’S PERSPECTIVE
Start from Deal Memorial Bandstand for this walk across the cliffs to St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe. Join local professional storyteller Roisin Murray and be entertained by tales of dastardly doings on this stretch of coast, from pre-history to today. Suitable for adults and accompanied children of 8 years and over. Picnic on the way. Return by bus.

10:15 5
4 Thu 22nd
Dover
DISCOVERING FORT BURGOYNE
Meet at the gates to Connaught Barracks, 100 yards up from Dover Castle Coach Park, on the right. This fort was built in the 1860s to defend the land to the north of Dover Castle. The walk will take you on a journey through the evolution of the site and explain how the Land Trust is seeking to conserve and develop it for the community. Donations appreciated for the guides.

14:00 1.5
5 Thu 22nd
St Margaret's Bay
AN EVENING PROMENADE ALONG THE CLIFFS
Meet & park at The Coastguard pub in the bay. Free parking if eating after the walk, otherwise use fee paying car park on the beach. Early evening walk with views across to France, supper afterwards about 7.30pm, at your own expense. Please phone Coastguard pub to book- 01304 853051, reference WCWF.

16:30 6.5
6 Thu 22nd
Dover
FOLLOWING THE LINE OF DOVER’S LOST MEDIEVAL TOWN WALL
Meet at Albany Place Car Park. The complete circuit of Dover’s medieval town wall has been lost and there are now no remains of it to be seen above ground. In this walk, led by an expert in local history, we will endeavour to trace the line of the lost wall in the absence of any standing portions.

18:00 1
7 Fri 23rd
Deal
FROM COAST TO DOWNS
Meet at the entrance to Deal Pier. An orbital walk through the countryside and historic villages around Deal and Walmer, following part of the White Cliffs Country Trail and returning via the coast, passing Walmer and Deal Castles. Lunch stop at The Plough Inn, Ripple or bring your own picnic. Great views, varied landscapes

10:00 11
8 Fri 23rd
Folkestone
CARERS’ STROLL
Meet at the Harbour Arm Car Park for a choice of two picturesque strolls for carers and those they care for. Our walk will include: the magnificently refurbished Harbour Arm, the boardwalk along the shingle beach, the botanical delights of the Coastal Park and (for the longer walk) up to the Leas. A communal lunch stop for all, before returning to the car park. Shorter walk is suitable for wheelchairs and those with mobility issues.

10:45 1
10 Fri 23rd
River
CORN MILLS, PAPER MILLS AND BANKERS - DOUR WALK 1 LINEAR
Meet at Crabble Corn Mill for this walk that explores the industrial heritage of the paper and corn mills which once lined the banks of the upper reaches of the River Dour. Then enjoy a beautifully scenic walk through Kearsney upstream to Temple Ewell.

14:00 1.5
12 Fri 23rd
Walmer
FISH AND CHIPS WALK - LINEAR
Meet at Walmer Railway Station. Park in nearby streets. Walk to Dover via the White Cliffs. Fish and chips in Dover and return (at your own expense), by train or bus. Superb walk, setting sun, twinkling lights of Dover Harbour

17:00 10.3
14 Sat 24th
Walmer
A WALMER QUICK STEP
Meet on Walmer Green between Clarence and Cambridge Roads. We are walking with parkrun and the parkrun flag is displayed. Meet at the WCWF table by 08:45, where you will be registered. This is a fast 3 mile, 5k, WALK, and we will aim to complete it in an hour. We will walk at the back of the runners, in a group with other walkers. Parking: free on the road or at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road).

08:45 3.1
15 Sat 24th
Dover
THE WHITE CLIFFS PANORAMIC TRAIL DAY 2 DOVER TO DEAL - LINEAR
Meet at the Channel Swimmers Monument on Dover seafront. A steady climb leads out of Dover. View the Dover totems. Cliff walk to St. Margaret’s Bay and the Dover Patrol Memorial, then on to Deal. Lunch stop at the Pine Gardens Tea Room. Regular return bus and train service available

10:00 9.5
16 Sat 24th
Hythe
BEAUTIFUL HYTHE AND BEYOND FIGURE OF 8 WALK
Meet in Twiss Road (beside the canal bridge), Hythe. This interesting and unusual walk will include, in the morning: The Military Canal, The War Cemetery and woods around The Elham Valley Way. In the afternoon we will head in the opposite direction and, among other treats, enjoy discovering the varied nature of Brockhill Country Park, with tea stop. This is a figure of 8 walk, which you can join for the morning, or the afternoon, or complete both parts.

10:00 4.8
17 Sat 24th
Swingfield
KNIGHTS AND FARMERS - DISCOVER ST JOHN'S COMMANDERY
Meet at Folkestone Garden Centre car park for an easy walk to enter the ancient building once the centre of the estates of the Knights of St John, then occupied by farmers through the centuries. Return along woodland paths and lanes.

10:00 4.5
18 Sat 24th
River
MILLS, TANNERIES AND BREWERIES – DOUR WALK 2 - LINEAR
Meet at Crabble Corn Mill, the last working corn mill in Dover. Explore the River Dour’s industrial heritage, as we walk towards the sea front

13:30 2.5
19 Sat 24th
Eastry
EASTRY AND ITS RURAL SURROUNDS
Meet at the village car park in the High Street for this pleasant walk through ancient tracks and farmland with far reaching views. Our route takes in a solar farm as well as Chillenden Windmill, an older source of power supply.

13:30 7.3
20 Sun 25th
Deal
THE WHITE CLIFFS PANORAMIC TRAIL DAY 3 (AND SEA DEFENCES) – DEAL TO SANDWICH - LINEAR
Meet at the entrance to Deal Pier. Delightful coastal and estuary walk finishing in the medieval town of Sandwich, where Sandwich Festival will be in full progress. We will explore the Sandwich tidal flood defence scheme. Bring a picnic lunch. Bus and train services back to Deal.

10:00 9.6
21 Sun 25th
Walmer
WALMER: WOODLANDS AND FIELDS
Meet at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road). This walk takes us along woodland paths on the chalk downland, inland between Deal and Dover. Our lunch stop will be at the Plough Inn, Ripple or bring packed lunch.

10:00 8.9
22 Sun 25th
Kearsney Abbey
THE RUSSELL GARDENS LOOP
Meet in Russell Gardens, inside the gate nearest to Kearsney Abbey Car Park.Discover a little of the varied countryside that lies just beyond the better known delights of Russell Gardens and Kearsney Abbey. This newly opened route is an ideal length for a family walk in which the youngsters can stomp up the hill and through the woods of Scotland Common.

11:00 2.5
23 Sun 25th
St Margarets-at-Cliffe
CAKE AND LIGHTHOUSE
Meet in the village car park. A beautiful walk through the village to the cliffs, and enjoy a relaxing Lighthouse Cafe break. Several features of historical interest as we walk, returning along picturesque coastal paths to our starting point.

14:00 2.9
24 Sun 25th
Deal
BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK WALK
Meet at the entrance to Deal Pier. Leisurely walk through the old town of Deal to nearby countryside. See how the former spoil heap of Betteshanger Colliery has been transformed.

14:00 5
25 Sun 25th
Walmer
SMUGGLERS’ WALK
Meet at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road). Children, bring your parents along to a thrilling smugglers’ walk! Dress up as a smuggler, paint your face and wear a hat! Get your loot from the pirates and smuggle it along a sea walk, out of sight of the nasty customs men! They will try to catch you!

17:30 2.8
26 Mon 26th
Dover
DOVER BREAKFAST WALK
Meet at the Channel Swimmers Monument on Dover seafront. Memorable views of Dover Castle and the White Cliffs will reward the hilly start. Pass through the awe inspiring Drop Redoubt on the way to Shakespeare Cliff; enjoy impressive views of Dover Harbour, before a well-earned breakfast, at own expense, at a sea front café.

07:30 4.7
27 Mon 26th
Northbourne
THE THREE PITS WALK
Starts from Northbourne Village Hall Car Park. A walk visiting the sites of the Kent coal mines of Tilmanstone, Snowdown and Betteshanger, which all closed in the 1980s. This industrial heritage walk will also visit some of the former pit villages and walkers will be able to see two monuments in memory of the Kent miners. Lunch stop in Goodnestone, or bring picnic lunch.

09:30 18
28 Mon 26th
Dover
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Meet at Broadlees Bottom Car Park. Walk along scenic coastal countryside to South Foreland Lighthouse Café, for light refreshments. Return walk along the iconic White Cliffs, where we will pause to learn about the fascinating history of the Sound Mirrors.

10:00 6
29 Mon 26th
Betteshanger
SUMMER MORNING SAUNTER - HEALTH WALK
Meet at Betteshanger Social Club, off Circular Road. An enjoyable walk exploring paths, fields and woodland of the surrounding countryside.Limited free parking on site due to the Mining Festival, please car share where possible, passes available on the day.

10:30 6
30 Mon 26th
Dover
CRIMEAN CRIME MYSTERY – LINEAR
Meet at Albany Place Car Park for a walk that recalls a notorious 19th century crime, when two young women from Dover were murdered on the cliffs following the end of the Crimean War. Our journey ends at The Valiant Sailor pub, Capel-le-Ferne. Bus service to return to Dover. Bring a picnic lunch.

11:00 8
31 Mon 26th
Sandwich
SANDWICH BAY WALK
Meet in forecourt of Sandwich Guildhall. Walk to beautiful Sandwich Bay via Worth, the marshes and bird-watching area, then return to town via sand dunes and riverside.

13:30 6.5
33 Tue 27th
Sandwich Bay
SANDWICH BAY BIRD OBSERVATORY – GUIDED WALK AROUND THE RESERVE
Meet in Observatory Car Park. Learn about the wildlife, habitats and the conservation measures involved in protecting them. Binoculars would be a useful asset when we visit the Scrape Hide. Tea/coffee available at the Observatory.

09:30 5
35 Tue 27th
Etchinghill
NORTH DOWNS PANORAMA
Meet at Etchinghill Village Hall Car Park (50p). 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).

10:00 6.5
38 Tue 27th
Dover
FOLLOWING THE LINE OF DOVER’S LOST MEDIEVAL TOWN WALL
Meet at Albany Place Car Park. The complete circuit of Dover’s medieval town wall has been lost and there are now no remains of it to be seen above ground. In this walk, led by an expert in local history, we will endeavour to trace the line of the lost wall in the absence of any standing portions.

18:00 1
40 Wed 28th
Walmer
KINGSDOWN WOOD HILL HEALTH WALK
Meet at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road). Follow country footpaths and village streets to this ancient woodland. Fine views over The Channel

10:00 4.5
41 Wed 28th
Dover
30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WALK
Meet at the Channel Swimmers Monument on Dover seafront, for this informative walk led by one of the early Chairmen of White Cliffs Ramblers. You will be amazed by how much history can be encountered in one half day walk, and all topped off by some stunning views.

10:00 6.5
42 Wed 28th
Dover
SAMPHIRE HOE ADVENTURE
Meet at Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Come and join a family walk to West Beach and back. We will do a scavenger hunt, the pebble challenge and search for Hag Stones. Donations appreciated.
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Parking: £2.00
14:00 1.5