Walks from Festival 2016

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
0 Thu 25th
Dover

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OPENING CEREMONY
This will be held on the seafront near the North Downs Plaque and Channel Swimming Monument. It will be immediately followed by the first three walks of the festival.


10:00



WCWF mobile

07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
1 Thu 25th
Dover

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MINI PILGRIMAGE DOVER TO SHEPHERDSWELL LINEAR
This walk follows the North Downs Way - National Trail and the Via Francigena European Pilgrimage route, from Dover to Shepherdswell. At lunchtime, Derek Bright, author of “The Pilgrims Way Fact and Fiction of an Ancient Trackway”, will give a presentation on the history of the pilgrims’ trail. Train stations at either end.

Bring a packed lunch.
10:00
6 hours
8.5

Pete Morris
North Downs Way Trail Manager
07920 792338

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
2 Thu 25th
Dover

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HISTORY & WILDLIFE OF THE WESTERN HEIGHTS
Discover the fascinating Western Heights on this leisurely walk. Enjoy the splendour, history and views, whilst resting on top of Shakespeare Cliff for a lunch break. Wear suitable footwear for uneven ground.
Some steep sections, relaxed pace
Bring a packed lunch.
10:00
4.5 hours
4

Paul Sampson
White Cliffs Countryside Partnership
07773 619121

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
3 Thu 25th
Dover

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THE WHITE CLIFFS TO ST MARGARET’S BAY WALK
We will walk from the seafront via the NT Visitors’ Centre, Fan Bay, past the lighthouse to St Margarets Bay beach for 1hr lunch (pub, kiosk, or bring your own). We will take a closer view of the lighthouse as we return by different paths to Dover Marine.
Mostly level, some inclines, moderately relaxed pace to enjoy the excellent Channel views

10:00
5 hours
8

Nigel & Bev Cussans

01304 61183

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
4 Thu 25th
Tilmanstone

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A CIRCULAR AFTERNOON WALK
Meet at the Plough and Harrow pub car park. An interesting walk through a mixture of woodland paths, open countryside and some quiet roads to Northbourne, returning via Betteshanger Church. The pub will be open all afternoon, so refreshments can be had afterwards.
Undulating, moderate pace.

14:00
3 hours
6

Madeleine Riddle

01304 366716

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
5 Thu 25th
Walmer

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FISH AND CHIPS WALK
Meet at Walmer Railway Station and walk to Dover via the White Cliffs. Fish and chips in Dover and return by bus / train at your own expense. A superb walk along the cliffs, with a setting sun and the twinkling lights of Dover Harbour.
Undulating, brisk
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
17:30
4 hours
10

Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
6 Fri 26th
Dover

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DOVER HILLS AND VALLEYS WALK
Park at Kearsney Abbey - car park nearest the café and toilets. Enjoy the rolling hills and valleys and see ancient St. Radigund’s Abbey en route. Lunch at Little Farthingloe Farm, or bring packed lunch, and a chance to visit the Women’s Land Army Museum.
Hilly, challenging, but it is possible to leave at lunchtime and return by bus

10:00
5.5 hours
9

Alan Clewer

01304 201395

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
7 Fri 26th
Walmer

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AN EASY STROLL
A short country walk from Kingsdown Road car park, (the larger one opposite Granville Road). Relaxed walk giving excellent views of the surrounding area.
Easy pace

10:45
2 hours
4.5

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
8 Fri 26th
Capel-le-ferne

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THE WHITE CLIFFS COASTAL TRAIL - DAY 1 CAPEL TO DOVER
Meet at the Valiant Sailor, Capel. With outstanding views of Dover and its castle, this route takes us through the Battle of Britain memorial site. Lunch (bring your own or café) is taken viewing the white cliffs and the English Channel. Panoramic views lead on to the busy port of Dover where our walk ends. Regular bus service.
Cliff walk, some hills

11:00
4 hours
6.5

Gavin Trevelyan

07903 456463
01303 863495
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
9 Fri 26th
Nonington

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AN EVENING DALLIANCE IN THE KENT COUNTRYSIDE
Meet opposite Royal Oak pub. Open fields, country lanes and gentle hills. Join us for supper at your own expense - 7 pm to 7:30 pm at The Royal Oak. Please phone pub to book your table on 01304 841012.
Moderate pace

16:30
2.5 hours
6.4

Margaret Lubbock

01304 831011
01795 843927
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
10 Fri 26th
Dover

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HISTORY & 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 walking
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL. BUT SEE WALK 40 FOR MORE PLACES ON TUESDAY 30TH.
18.30
1.5 hours
1

Keith Parfitt
Canterbury Archaeological Trust
01304 852502

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
11 Sat 27th
Samphire Hoe

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REPTILE RAMBLE
Take a gentle stroll around Samphire Hoe where we will talk about the kind of places in which reptiles like to live and, with a little luck, see some of the animals in the flesh. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Parking charge £2.00.
Gentle,flat
Max. 15 in each group
09:00
1.5 hours
1

Mike Phillips
Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group
07740 560970

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
12 Sat 27th
Aylesham

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NORTH DOWNS AND NAILBOURNE WALK
Meet at Aylesham Railway Station. A beautiful route, along part of the Elham Valley and beside part of the less well known Nailbourne, taking in the villages of Kingston, Bridge and Bekesbourne. Several attractive large country houses to be seen along the way. Lunch stop in Bridge, which has various places to eat.
Undulating, moderate pace

10:00
6.5 hours
11

David Jones

01303 269151

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
13 Sat 27th
Dover

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THE WHITE CLIFFS COASTAL TRAIL - DAY 2 DOVER TO DEAL
Meet in front of Dover Yacht Club on the seafront. A steep climb leads out of Dover with views of the castle and the port. A high cliff walk leads us on to St Margaret's Bay and the Dover Patrol Memorial. Descending from the high cliffs, we make our way to the historic town of Deal, passing the Julius Caesar Memorial. Lunch at The Rising Sun, Kingsdown or bring your own. Regular bus and train service available.
One flight of steep steps, undulating

10:00
6 hours
9.5

Gavin Trevelyan

07903 456463
01303 863495
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
14 Sat 27th
Samphire Hoe

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REPTILE RAMBLE
Take a gentle stroll around Samphire Hoe where we will talk about the kind of places in which reptiles like to live and, with a little luck, see some of the animals in the flesh. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. Parking charge £2.00.
Gentle, flat
Max. 15 in each group
11:00
1.5 hours
1

Mike Phillips
Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group
07740 560970

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
15 Sat 27th
Kearsney Abbey

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NATURE TRAIL WALK
Park at Kearsney Abbey - car park nearest the café and toilets. A splendid walk over the hills of Lydden and Temple Ewell Nature Reserve, offering wonderful views.
Hilly, moderate pace

13:30
3 hours
6

Ruth Tucker

01304 619968

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
16 Sat 27th
Samphire Hoe

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FAMILY GEOCACHING EVENT
Find out more about geocaching by booking for an introductory workshop at 11 am. Great for individuals or families. Maximum 60 places, but booking is essential. This can be followed by a chance to discover hidden caches on the Hoe with an expert led guided trail. The trail will last 1 hour. Maximum number for EACH time slot is 8. Early booking recommended

Registered Assistance Dogs Only. £2 parking charge + suggested donation of £2
11:00
3 hours
2

Averil Brice
In conjunction with Up on the Downs
01303 892252

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
17 Sun 28th
St Margarets-at-Cliffe

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THE WHITE CLIFFS CHALLENGE
Start from St. Margarets Village Hall. Entry: long route £8 (non-LDWA £10); short route £6 (non-LDWA £8) Includes tea and coffee at start, food and drink at checkpoints, meal at finish and cert. Mug required. Limit 200 places. Badge for sale £1.50. Cheque payable to LDWA Kent Group, no SAE.

Online entry at: ldwa.org.uk/kent For postal entries – downloadable form at www.ldwakent.org.uk or from : Phyl Butler, 15 Hillside Avenue, Frindsbury, ME2 3BD email ldwa.kg.entries@gmail.com
09:30 walkers, 10:30 runners
Up to 9.5 hours
15
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Organised by LDWA Kent Group


No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
18 Sun 28th
Sandwich

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SANDWICH FIG. OF 8 SANDWICH TO RICHBOROUGH, SANDWICH TO WORT
Meet in front of Sandwich Guildhall. In the morning, you will visit fascinating Roman remains. In the afternoon, walk along the picturesque beach and across the famous Royal St.Georges golf course
Flat, brisk pace
Re-start at 14:00
10:00
3 hours morning; 2.5 hours afternoon
12.8

Robert Goodfellow

07580 039671

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
19 Sun 28th
Deal

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A WALK THROUGH WALMER’S MILITARY PAST
Start and finish in front of the Deal Timeball Tower. Learn about the role of the military in Walmer, from 55 BC to 1996, featuring some of the plaques and memorials to the people involved in that history.
Easy pace, flat and even on urban paths.
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
10:30
2 hours
2.2

Alan Clarke
The Deal Society

07710 124300
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
20 Sun 28th
Barfrestone

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HEDGEROW AND FIELDS: A-FORAGING WE GO!
Meet at the factory car park. During this fascinating walk you will discover what the Romans left in field and hedgerow, and what was used in Medieval England. More than blackberries and chestnuts! The local micro- pub can provide good, simple fare afterwards.
Easy pace, flat
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
11:00
2.5 hours
5

John Gilbert

07780 679534

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
21 Sun 28th
deal

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THE WHITE CLIFFS COASTAL TRAIL - DAY 3 DEAL TO SANDWICH
Meet at the entrance to Deal Pier. An easy finish to our trail takes us along the shoreline and through the famous Royal St George’s golf course. Meandering along the River Stour brings us to the medieval town of Sandwich.
Flat, easy walk
Hourly bus service (13A) back to Deal.
13:00
3 hours
6.5

Gavin Trevelyan

07903 456463
01303 863495
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
22 Sun 28th
St Margarets Bay

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WRITERS WALK
Meet at The Dover Patrol Memorial at St Margaret’s Bay. A short but steep walk down to the bay, remembering the wit of some 20th Century residents and the bravery of those who defended the beach, as well as the swimmers who set out from it to cross the Channel. There is a steep hill and steps down, but we can offer a lift back up to the car park.
Easy pace, steep steps

14:00
2 hours
1.5

Rhona Hodges
01303 258022


No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
23 Sun 28th
Dover

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DROP REDOUBT AND GRAND SHAFT
Meet at Western Heights car park on the right (height barrier), near the top of Military Hill . See the amazing structures and learn about these excellent examples of British defence from the Napoleonic period through to the Second World War.
Some steps, nothing strenuous
Max. 25 places £2.00 per person
14:00
2.5 hours
2

Mandy Whall
WCWF mobile:
07940 544211

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

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A BRACING BREAKFAST WALK
Start at Kingsdown Road car park, the larger one opposite Granville Road. Make the most of the Bank Holiday by starting early! Optional breakfast afterwards.
Fairly energetic

07:30
2.5 hours
6

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
25 Mon 29th
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 or bring a packed lunch.
Gentle, undulating
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
10:00
6 hours
11

Alan Clewer

01304 201395

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
26 Mon 29th
Deal

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THE COUNTRY PARK WALK
Start at Deal Pier. A relaxing stroll through the old town of Deal and nearby countryside. At Be
Leisurely

10:00
2 hours
5

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

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

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ST PETER’S TOWER AND SANDWICH TOWN WALLS WALK
Meet in front of Sandwich Guildhall. Opportunity to ascend the recently opened church tower, which may incur a small fee, for splendid views of the town, followed by a leisurely walk of the town walls and perimeter, taking in many historical aspects.
Flat, leisurely pace
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
10:00
2.5 hours
1.5

Nigel & Bev Cussans

01304 611834

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
28 Mon 29th
Dover

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BLERIOT WALK
Meet in front of Dover Yacht Club. Circular walk to Dover Castle and the Bleriot Monument. Learn about the epic Bleriot 20 minute flight to cross the Channel. Enjoy the great views over the harbour and across to France.
Leisurely, but be prepared for a steep hill as we leave Dover

14:00
2.5 hours
5

Evelyn Soppitt

01304 824344

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

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SMUGGLERS WALK – IDEAL FOR FAMILIES
Meet a Deal Pier. An atmospheric twilight stroll from cliftop, to shingle beach, to secluded woodland - to 18th century pub. The trail follows in the footsteps of Deal’s notorious smugglers with - perhaps - surprise visits from the old gang members and the King’s militia who tried to catch them. Chance of music at ye local hostelry.
Some cliff walking, followed by mainly flat ground
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
18:00
2 hours
3.5

Sue Mott

07836 283566

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
30 Tue 30th
Northbourne

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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 1980's. 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.
Brisk and flat

09:30
8 hours
18

Graham Smith
01304 367853


No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
31 Tue 30th
Dover

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FORT BURGOYNE
Meet at the gate house at Connaught Barracks in Fort Burgoyne Road. A rare opportunity to explore the site prior to wider public access. Built in the 1860s to defend the land to the north of Dover Castle, this site is now managed by the Land Trust with the goal of conserving and opening the site to visitors.
Some uneven ground, but nothing strenuous.
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
10:00
1.5 hours
1

Chris Valdus
THE LAND TRUST
07825 901358

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
32 Tue 30th
Alkham

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN WALK
Meet at Alkham Village Green car park. Walk the lovely Alkham Valley and visit the Cat and Custard Pot for lunch, formerly frequented by Battle of Britain pilots from the nearby airfield at Hawkinge.
Challenging, hilly

10:00
6 hours
12

Richard Blackford

01233 812510

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
33 Tue 30th
Barnsole

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JANE’S FOOTSTEPS
Park in meadow opposite Summerfield Nursery’s car park. A scenic walk leading us to Paths at Goodnestone once trodden by Jane Austen. Lunch at The Fitzwalter Arms, and the possibility of refreshments at Summerfield Nursery at the end of the walk.
Moderate pace over very gently undulating fields

10:00
6 hours
10

Rowena Pearce

01304 614789

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
34 Tue 30th
Dover

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FORT BURGOYNE
Meet at the gate house at Connaught Barracks in Fort Burgoyne Road. A rare opportunity to explore the site prior to wider public access. Built in the 1860s to defend the land to the north of Dover Castle, this site is now managed by the Land Trust with the goal of conserving and opening the site to visitors.
Some uneven ground, but nothing strenuous
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
14:30
1.5 hours
1

Chris Valdus
The Land Trust
07825 901358

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
35 Tue 30th
Betteshanger County Park

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NATURE AT BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK
Meet outside café. An evening stroll, mostly along leisure paths, experiencing established woodlands, wetlands and reed beds full of wildlife. Discover what birdlife you can spot, or hear, in this beautiful country park.
Easy pace
Car parking charge: £2 for up to 4 hours
18:00
2 hours
4

John Grace

07814 786839

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
36 Wed 31st
Walmer

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A SHORT COUNTRY WALK
Meet at Kingsdown Road car park, the larger one opposite Granville Road, to enjoy this undulating walk with fine coastal and countryside views.
Easy pace, undulating

10:00
2 hours
4

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
37 Wed 31st
Lydden

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UP ON THE DOWNS
Park at Lydden Village Hall (Situated behind the Lydden Bell). A meandering trail through the Downs, taking in two Kent Wildlife Trust nature reserves. Find out all about the magnificent wildlife that can be found there and why they are two of the jewels of the Kent countryside. Please bring a packed lunch.
Hilly, but entertaining

11:00
4 hours
8

Richard Haynes


01304 872158
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
38 Wed 31st
Dover

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DROP REDOUBT & GRAND SHAFT
Meet at Western Heights car park on right, near top of Military Hill (metal barrier above). See the amazing structures and learn about these excellent examples of British defence from the Napoleonic period through to the Second World War.
Some steps, nothing strenuous
Max. 25 places £2.00 per person
14:00
2.5 hours
2

Mandy Whall
WCWF mobile:
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
39 Wed 31st
Dover

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THE CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING WALK
Park at Kearsney Abbey, car park nearest the café and toilets. This 2 hr walk will take in the woods above Kearsney, as well as views of the Alkham Valley.
Hilly, moderate pace

14:00
2 hours
4.5

Margaret Lubbock

01304 831011

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
40 Tue 30th
Dover

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HISTORY & 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 walking
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
18:30
1.5 hours
1

Keith Parfitt

01304 852502

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
41 Tue 30th
Dover

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PIER TO PIER
A bracing walk along the sea front from the Prince of Wales Pier to the next one.
Flat easy walking

10:00
2 hours
4

Les Preston

07903 456463

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact