Festival Walks August 2018

Alert - Walk 11 Fort Burgoyne starts at 14:00 hours. The time is incorrect in the printed programme!

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
0 Thu 23rd
Dover

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OPENING CEREMONY
This will be held at the Bleriot Memorial near Broadlees Bottom Car Park to the east of Dover Castle. See The Bleriot Memorial page on this website for detailed directions. It will be followed immediately by the first three walks of the festival.
Slight incline

10:00
15 minutes


Margaret Lubbock

01304 831011

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
1 Thu 23rd
Dover

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RAMPARTS, BASTIONS AND BATTERIES OF DOVER CASTLE
Walk from Bleriot Memorial. Explore unvisited areas of Dover Castle and learn more about its military history. This is a very enjoyable, informative but strenuous walk. Not suitable for children or dogs. Stout boots/shoes essential, walking poles helpful!
Moderate pace, very steep slopes and banks

10:15
5.5 hours
6

Pat Cunningham

07930 361216

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
2 Thu 23rd
Dover

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TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
Start from Bleriot Memorial. Walk along scenic coastal countryside to South Forelands Lighthouse Café, for light refreshments. Return walk along iconic White Cliffs.
Moderate pace, some flights of steps and uneven ground

10:15
3.5 hours
6

Helena Trevelyan

07940544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
3 Thu 23rd
Dover

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TOWN TO DOWN
Walk from the Bleriot Memorial across the heights above Dover, then cross the valley to the hills above Kearsney to Alkham for lunch in a teashop or your own picnic. Return via lanes and tracks passing ancient St.Radigund’s Abbey and the River Dour.
Moderate pace, hilly

10:15
7 hours
13.5

Richard Blackford

01233 812510

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
4 Thu 23rd
Folkestone

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THE WARREN – UNDERCLIFF AND FORESHORE
Meet at the pay and display car park beside East Cliff Pavilion, Wear Bay Road. Free on-street parking close by. Explore this Area of Special Scientific Interest within the natural environment of The Warren. Walk under the cliffs through varied woodland and return along the foreshore.
Moderate pace, hilly

14:00
2.5 hours
5

John Grace

01303 250230

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
5 Thu 23rd
Eythorne

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LOST RAILWAY TRACKS
Meet at The Crown Inn for an early evening walk around Eythorne, Coldred and Waldershare, and see signs of old railway tracks. Supper afterwards at your own expense from 19:30. Please phone the Walk Leader (not the Crown) to book - 01304 831011. If not eating, please park locally (The Street/Monkton Court Lane).
Moderate Pace
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
16:30
2.5 hours
6.4

Margaret Lubbock

01304 831011

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
6 Thu 23rd
Dover

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HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF DOVER
Meet at Bench Street Car Park. On this walk, led by a local history expert, you will discover the Dover you never knew existed. It will include new and fascinating insights gleaned from recent excavations.
Easy pace, easy walking

18:00
2 hours
1

Keith Parfitt
(Canterbury Archaeological Trust)
07940544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
7 Fri 24th
Shepherdswell

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MINI PILGRIMAGE SHEPHERDSWELL TO DOVER - LINEAR
Meet at East Kent Railway Station. Follows the North Downs Way National Trail and the Via Francigena European Pilgrimage route, between Dover and Shepherdswell. Interesting historical insights as you walk. Return by train at own expense.
Moderate pace, undulating, downhill at end

10:00
6.5 hours
8.5

Pete Morris
(North Downs Way Trail Manager)
07920 792338

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
8 Fri 24th
Dover

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DISCOVERING FORT BURGOYNE
Meet at the gates to Connaught Barracks, 100 yards up from Dover Castle Coach Park.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.
Easy pace, some uneven ground, but nothing strenuous
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
10:30
2 hours
1.5

Chris Valdus
(The Land Trust)
07825 901358

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
9 Fri 24th
Capel-le-Ferne

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THE WHITE CLIFFS AND CHALKUP 21 COASTAL TRAIL DAY 1
Park in The Valiant Sailor car park. £2.00 for the day. Outstanding views. Visit Battle of Britain Memorial site, the sound mirrors and Samphire Hoe on the way. Cliff Top Café lunch or bring your own. Regular return buses.
Moderate pace, cliff walk, some hills

11:00
5 hours
7.6

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
10 Fri 24th
Kingsdown

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CARERS’ STROLL - LINEAR
Meet at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road) for a walk specially designed for people with a disability and/or carers plus anyone who would like to join in a picturesque seaside stroll along the shore to Deal. Finish point: Deal Pier, refreshments available locally.
Flat
Two walks available. One shorter, suitable for people with mobility issues and the other longer, both are flat
11:00
2 hours
1
3.5
Sue Mott

07836 283566

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
11 Fri 24th
Dover

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DISCOVERING FORT BURGOYNE
Meet at the gates to Connaught Barracks, 100 yards up from Dover Castle Coach Park.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.
Easy pace, some uneven ground, but nothing strenuous

14:00
2 hours
1.5

Chris Valdus
(The Land Trust)
07825 901358

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
12 Fri 24th
River

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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.
Easy pace, flat
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
14:00
2 hours
1.5

Barry O'Brien
(Dover Tales)
07940544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
13 Fri 24th
Walmer

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FISH AND CHIPS WALK - LINEAR
Meet at Walmer Railway Station. 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.
Fast pace, undulating

17:00
4.25 hours
10.3

Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
14 Sat 25th
Samphire Hoe

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REPTILE RAMBLE
Meet opposite the Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Take a gentle stroll around Samphire Hoe, hear about the kinds of places in which reptiles like to live and, with a little luck, see some of the animals in the flesh.
Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult. Easy pace, flat
Max. 15 places. Parking charge £2.00
10:00
1.5 hours
1

Mike Phillips
(Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group)
07540 250320

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
15 Sat 25th
Walmer

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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 .
Moderate pace, no steep hills

10:00
6 hours
8.9

Kerry O’Grady
(East Kent Walking Group)
07780 701825

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
16 Sat 25th
Dover

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THE WHITE CLIFFS AND CHALKUP 21 COASTAL TRAIL – DAY 2 DOVER
Meet at the North Downs Way 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 at the Pines Garden Tea Room or bring your own. Regular return bus and train service available.
Moderate pace, undulating, with steady climb to cliff top

10:00
6.5 hours
9.5

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
17 Sat 25th
Deal

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CHANNEL TALES – A STORYTELLER’S PERSPECTIVE -LINEAR
Meet at the entrance to Deal Pier, 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 then return by bus.
Easy pace, undulating

10:00
5 hours
5

Roisin Murray

07932 794251

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
18 Sat 25th
River

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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. At the conclusion of this walk, there is the opportunity to see the Dour of 1968, at a special showing of Ray Warner’s much-loved film, in the Silver Screen Cinema.
Easy pace, flat
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
13:30
2.5 hours
2.5

Barry O'Brien
(Dover Tales)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
19 Sat 25th
St Margaret's-at-Cliffe

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CAKE AND LIGHTHOUSE
Meet in the village car park (next to the church). A beautiful walk through the village to the cliffs and enjoy a relaxing Lighthouse Café break. Several features of historical interest as we walk, returning along picturesque coastal countryside to our starting point.
Easy pace, with steep descent down flight of steps, some uneven ground

14:00
2 hours
2.9

Helena Trevelyan

07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
20 Sat 25th
Walmer

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FORAGING ON THE FORESHORE
Meet at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road). Discover interesting plants, seaweeds and hopefully shellfish along the beach and clifftop.
Easy pace, some shingle, hilly in places
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
14:00
3 hours
4.25

John Gilbert

07780 679534

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
21 Sun 26th
Deal

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THE WHITE CLIFFS CHALLENGE
Start from Deal Town Football Club, St Leonards Road. Entry fee: long route £23 (non-LDWA £30); short route £8 (non-LDWA £10), includes tea/coffee at start, food and drink at checkpoints, meal and shower at finish. Bring a mug. Entry closing date 31st July, limit 200 walkers. Cheques payable to: LDWA Kent Group

Online entry at ldwa.org.uk/kent Postal entries and enquiries to: Phyl Butler, The Boat Yard, High Street, Weedon, Northants NN7 4QD; Tel:07803 051625
10:00
22 or 8 hours
52
18
Graham Smith

07803 051625

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
22 Sun 26th
Sandwich

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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.
Moderate pace, flat

10:00
3 hours
6.5

Jerry Swallow
(DATROWS / WCR)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
23 Sun 26th
Deal

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THE WHITE CLIFFS COASTAL TRAIL AND SEA DEFENCES - DAY 3 DEAL
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. As we leave the sea-shore, with the help of a local guide we will explore part of the Sandwich tidal flood defence scheme, completed in 2015. Bring a snack lunch for our halfway stop. Bus and train services back to Deal.
Moderate pace, flat

10:00
4.5 hours
9.6

Gavin Trevelyan

07903 456463

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
24 Sun 26th
Lydden

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WALK THROUGH A DOWNLAND NATURE RESERVE
Meet at Lydden Village Hall Car Park. (Go through pub car park, suggested donation for parking 50p). A splendid walk over the hills of the Lydden Temple Ewell National Nature Reserve, one of Europe's finest surviving chalk downlands. As you walk through this species rich habitat, you will also be treated to some glorious views.
Moderate pace, several steep hills

13:30
3 hours
6

Ruth Tucker

01304 619968

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
25 Sun 26th
Northbourne

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A SUMMER SUNDAY STROLL
Meet at the Parish Hall Car Park (suggested donation for parking 50p). An interesting walk through a mixture of woodland paths, open countryside and some quiet roads, via Betteshanger Church.
Easy pace, undulating

14:00
3 hours
6

David Jones

01303 269151

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
26 Sun 26th
Deal

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BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK WALK
Meet at the entrance to Deal Pier. Leisurely walk through old town of Deal to nearby countryside. See how the former spoil heap of Betteshanger Colliery has been transformed.
Easy pace, mostly level with some uneven ground

14:00
2 hours
5

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
27 Sun 26th
Walmer

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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!
Easy pace, mainly flat, one hill

18:00
2.5 hours
2.8

Sue Mott

07836 283566

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
28 Mon 27th
Dover

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DOVER BREAKFAST WALK
Meet at the North Downs Way Monument on Dover seafront. Memorable views of Dover Castle and the White Cliffs reward the hilly start. Pass through the impressive Drop Redoubt on the way to Shakespeare Cliff and a well- earned breakfast, at own expense,at a sea front café.
Moderate, steady climb at start
10 free car parking permits
07:30
2.5 hours
4.7

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
29 Mon 27th
Walmer

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THE WINDMILL WALK
Meet at Walmer Railway Station. Enjoy panoramic views of the sea and countryside on this very popular walk. Pub lunch at The Crown, Finglesham or bring a packed lunch.
Easy pace, undulating

10:00
6 hours
11

Jim Bushnell

07948 149938

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
30 Mon 27th
Folkestone

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HILLS OF THE SAXON SHORE WAY
Meet at Newington Village Hall (suggested donation for parking 50p per car). Delightful views across the English Channel from the North Downs. Lunch stop at The Valiant Sailor pub, Capel-le-Ferne or bring a packed lunch.
Moderate pace, some steep hills

10:00
6.5 hours
11

Averil and Steve Brice

01303 892252

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
31 Mon 27th
Betteshanger Country Park

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SUMMER MORNING SAUNTER
Meet at Betteshanger Country Park Café. An enjoyable walk, exploring the paths, fields and countryside of the surrounding area.
Easy pace, undulating
Car parking £2.00 for up to 3 hours
10:40
2 hours
5

Pat Cunningham

07930 361216

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
32 Mon 27th
Walmer

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KINGSDOWN WOOD HILL
Meet at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road). Follow country footpaths and village streets to this ancient woodland. Fine views over The Channel.
Easy pace, undulating

14:00
2 hours
4.5

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
33 Mon 27th
Dover

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CRIMEAN CRIME MYSTERY - LINEAR
Meet at Albany Place Car Park for a walk that retraces the 19th Century footsteps of two young women from Dover, who were the victims of one of the most notorious and widely reported crimes in Britain, following the end of the Crimean War. Our walk ends at The Valiant Sailor pub, Capel-le-Ferne. Bus service to return to Dover.
Easy pace, cliff walk, some hills
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
14:30
3.5 hours


Barry O'Brien
(Dover Tales)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
34 Tue 28th
Goodnestone Park

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JANE’S FOOTSTEPS
Meet in the car park of Goodnestone Park Gardens. Ramble about the picturesque surrounding countryside and conclude with the Serpentine Walk often trodden by Jane Austen. Readings and history along the way. Lunch in Goodnestone. At the end of the walk there is an option, for a modest fee, to visit the house, where a further reading is planned
Moderate pace over very gently undulating fields

09:30
6.5 hours
8

Rowena Pearce

01304 614789

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
35 Tue 28th
Alkham

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ALKHAM ADVENTURE FIGURE OF EIGHT WALK
Meet in front of Kearsney Abbey Café. Discover the Alkham Valley, one of the hidden gems of White Cliffs Country. Morning starts at 09:30. The afternoon starts at 13:30 for 2 hours.
Fast pace, hilly

09:30
15 miles
9
6
Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
36 Tue 28th
Dover

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RAMPARTS, BASTIONS AND BATTERIES OF DOVER CASTLE
Meet at Broadlees Bottom Car Park, to the east of Dover Castle. Explore unvisited areas of Dover Castle and learn more about its military history. This is a very enjoyable, informative but strenuous walk. Not suitable for children or dogs. Stout boots/shoes essential, walking poles helpful!
Moderate pace, very steep slopes and banks

10:00
5.5 hours
6

Pat Cunningham

07930 361216

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
37 Tue 28th
Ringwould

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RECORDING OUR ASH TREES
Meet at Ringwould Village Hall Car park (suggested donation 50p per car).This walk will take in some of the lovely ash trees around Ringwould and in Oxney Bottom Wood and discuss the importance of collecting objects that record the history of human interaction with the ash tree, before it’s too late.
Moderate pace, undulating

14:00
2 hours
3.5

Madeleine Hodge
(The Ash Project, Kent Downs AONB)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
38 Tue 28th
Ripple

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THE ICE CREAM WALK
Meet at “Solley’s Farm Ice Cream”. Stroll around the pleasant countryside, followed by a conducted tour of the ice cream factory and an ice cream afterwards.
Easy pace, undulating

15:00
2.5 hours
3

Nigel Cussans

01304 611834

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
39 Tue 28th
Dover

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HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF DOVER
Meet at Bench Street Car Park. On this walk, led by a local history expert, you will discover the Dover you never knew existed. It will include new and fascinating insights gleaned from recent excavations.
Easy pace, easy walking
Max. 30 people. £2 per person
18:00
2 hours
1

Keith Parfitt
(Canterbury Archaeological Trust)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
40 Wed 29th
Sandwich Bay

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SANDWICH BAY BIRD OBSERVATORY
Guided walk around the reserve areas 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.
Easy pace, some undulations, 2 stiles. No dogs please

09:30
2.5 hours
5

Peter Dean

07814 438738

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
41 Wed 29th
Walmer

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NELSON’S SEAT WALK
Meet at Kingsdown Road Car Park (opposite Granville Road). 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.
Easy pace, gentle ascent

10:00
2.5 hours
5

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
42 Wed 29th
Dover

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WHINLESS DOWN AND BEYOND
Meet at car park in Elms Vale Recreation Ground, for this circular walk from Elms Vale onto Whinless Down,over Church Hougham and back to Elms Vale. Come and enjoy the ancient landscape, whilst learning more about its history and plant life from an extremely knowledgeable leader. Offering panoramic views across the hills of Dover and beyond. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy in a scenic spot.
Easy pace, hilly, uneven ground

11:00
4 hours
6

Melanie Wrigley
(White Cliffs Countryside Partnership)
07880 706990
01304 241806
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
43 Wed 29th
River

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HISTORY AND RESTORATION OF KEARSNEY AND RUSSELL GARDENS
Meet in front of Kearsney Abbey Café. We start with a tour of Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens to learn about the industrial and social history of the parks, the rare wildlife, and the restoration of both parks to their original designs. We then ascend through the woods for views of the Alkham Valley. Optional tea and cake at the Abbey Café afterwards.
Moderate pace, hilly

13:30
2.25 hours
3.5

Anita Sedgewick
(Kearsney Parks Community Engagement Officer)
07969 862678
01304 831011
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
44 Wed 29th
Samphire Hoe

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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. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Easy pace, pushchair friendly on paths, then on to shingle

14:00
1.5 hours
1.5

Paul Holt
(White Cliffs Countryside Partnership)
01304 225649

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact