Festival Walks August 2017

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
0 Thu 24th
Walmer

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OPENING CEREMONY
This will be held on Walmer Green next to the Lifeboat Station. It will be followed immediately by the first three walks of the festival.


10:00
15 minutes
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0
WCWF mobile

07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
1 Thu 24th
Walmer

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NELSON’S SEAT WALK
The walk will go along the seafront to Walmer Castle, then a gentle ascent along quiet roads and paths to fields and woodland. Fine views of The Downs from Nelson’s Seat
Gentle ascent, leisurely

10:00
3 hours
6

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
2 Thu 24th
Walmer

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A CIRCULAR WALK SOUTH OF WALMER
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.
No steep hills, moderate pace

10:00
6 hours
10

John Pitcher

WCWF mobile
07940 544211
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
3 Thu 24TH
Walmer

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STARTING AT THE BOTTOM
A stroll along the beach, then exploring Rays Bottom, Knights Bottom and Otty Bottom. We’ll pass The Swamp too! Lunch/drink break at Kingsdown pubs.
Easy pace, mainly flat with a couple of hills

10:00
3.5 hours
6

Rhona Hodges

01303 258022

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
4 Thu 24th
Dover

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TOUR OF RAMPARTS, BASTIONS AND BATTERIES OF DOVER CASTLE
Meet at Broadlees Bottom car park, to the east of castle, opposite Sea Cadets Building. Explore rarely visited areas of Dover Castle and learn more about its military history.
Not suitable for children, or dogs. Moderate pace, steep slopes and banks, stout footwear essential!
Max. 25 places £3.00 per person
13:00
4 hours
6

Pat Cunningham

07930 361216

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
5 Thu 24th
Walmer

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FISH AND CHIPS WALK
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.
Undulating, brisk

17:15
4.25 hours
10.3

Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
6 Thu 24th
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 walking
Max. 30 people £2.00 per person
18:30
1.5 hours
1

Keith Parfitt
Canterbury Archaeological Trust
WCWF mobile
07940 544211
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
7 Fri 25th
Shepherdswell

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MINI PILGRIMAGE SHEPHERDSWELL TO DOVER
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.
Easy pace
Bring a packed lunch.
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 25th
Kingsdown

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CARERS’ STROLL
Meet at the Rising Sun pub 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. Refreshments and finish point: Deal Pier.
Level, leisurely pace, suitable for wheelchairs

11:00
2 hours
2.7

Sue Mott

07836 283566

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
9 Fri 25th
Capel-le-Ferne

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THE WHITE CLIFFS COASTAL TRAIL: DAY 1 CAPEL TO DOVER
Park in The Valiant Sailor pub car park. £2.00 for the day. Outstanding views. Visit Battle of Britain memorial site on the way. Cliff Top Cafe lunch or bring your own. Regular return buses.
Cliff walk, some hills
£2.00 per car
11:00
4 hours
6.8

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
10 Fri 25th
Dover

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FORT BURGOYNE
Meet at the gatehouse at Connaught Barracks in Fort Burgoyne Road. A rare opportunity to explore the fort. Built in the 1860’s to defend the land to the north of Dover Castle, this site is now managed by The Land Trust who are conserving and opening the site to visitors.
No unaccompanied under 18s. No dogs. Stout footwear must be worn, some uneven ground, but nothing strenuous
Max. 20 places.
14:00
2 hours
1

Chris Valdus
The Land Trust
07825 901358

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
11 Fri 25th
Folkestone

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THE WARREN – UNDERCLIFF AND FORESHORE
Meet at the car park beside the East Cliff Pavilion, Wear Bay Road. 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.
Easy pace with some undulation

14:00
2.5 hours
5

John Grace

01303 250230

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
12 Fri 25th
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. Phone The Crown to book - 01304 830268 - and mention the Walking Festival. If not eating, please park locally (The Street/Monkton Court Lane
Moderate pace

16:30
2.5 hours
6.4

Margaret Lubbock

01304 831011

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
13 Sat 26th
St Margarets-at-Cliffe

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THE WHITE CLIFFS CHALLENGE
Start from St Margaret's Village Hall. Entry: long route £8 (non- LDWA £10); shorter route £6 (non- LDWA £8). Includes: Tea and coffee at start, food and drink at checkpoints, meal at finish and certificate. Mug required for drinks. Normal entry via SiEntries. Limit 200 places – closing date for bookings is 18th August. Badge for sale £1.50. Cheque payable to LDWA Kent Group.

Online entry at ldwa.org.uk/kent For postal entries and enquiries to: Phyl BUTLER The Boatyard, High Street, Weedon, Northants NN7 4QD ldwa.kg.entries@gmail.com
10:30 runners
08:30 runners
18
32
Graham Smith
LDWA Event


No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
14 Sat 26th
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.
Gentle, flat
Max. 15 places, parking charge £2.00. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.
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 26th
Dover

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THE WHITE CLIFFS COASTAL TRAIL - DAY 2 DOVER TO DEAL
Meet at Dover Yacht Club on Dover sea front. A steep climb leads out of Dover. 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.
Undulating, with one flight of steep steps

10:00
6 hours
9.5

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
16 Sat 26th
Kearsney Abbey

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WALK THROUGH A DOWNLAND NATURE RESERVE
Meet at car park nearest the café and toilets. A splendid walk over the hills of the Lydden Temple Ewell National Nature Reserve, offering wonderful views.
Several steep hills, moderate pace

13:30
3 hours
6

Lesley Stephenson

01304 825102

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
17 Sat 26th
Dover

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DROP REDOUBT
Follow North Military Road uphill from Dover Town. At brown tourist sign, turn immediately left on to Drop Redoubt Road and park. 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, and one low tunnel, nothing strenuous
Max. 25 places £2.00 per person
14:00
2 hours
2

Mandy Whall

WCWF mobile
07940 544211
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
18 Sat 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.
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
19 Sat 26th
Deal

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ROYAL MARINES HERITAGE TRAIL PREVIEW
Meet on grass between Deal Castle and the sea. The walk previews a fascinating new trail (launch April 2018). Gain an insight into the former RM Depot and the Royal Marines in this area from 1665.
Easy pace, flat on town paths

18:00
2 hours
2.5

Bill Butler
Founding member of Walmer Royal Marines Heritage Trails
07766 538694

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
20 Sun 27th
Kearsney Abbey

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ALKHAM ADVENTURE  
Meet at car park nearest the café and toilets. Discover the Alkham Valley, one of the hidden gems of White Cliffs Country.
Brisk pace, hilly

09:30 & 13.30
3.5 & 2 hours
9
6
Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
21 Sun 27th
Deal

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THE WHITE CLIFFS COASTAL TRAIL DAY 3 DEAL TO SANDWICH-
Meet near remains of Sandown Castle. A delightful coastal and estuary walk finishing in the medieval town of Sandwich where the Sandwich Festival will be in full progress. Bring snack or late lunch in Sandwich. Good bus service.
Flat, easy walk

10:00
4 hours
9.6

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
22 Sun 27th
St Margarets-at-Cliffe

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CLIFFS AND LIGHTHOUSE
Meet in the village car park (next to the church). Classic cliff top walk with excellent views via Langdon Cliffs NT (lunch stop at visitor centre or bring your own picnic) and South Foreland Lighthouse.
Hilly in places, one set of steep steps, steady pace, not suitable for dogs
Hilly in places, one set of steep steps, steady pace, not suitable for dogs.
10:00
4.4 hours
7

Jerry Swallow

WCWF mobile
07940 544211
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
23 Sun 27th
Dover

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HISTORY AND WILDLIFE OF THE WESTERN HEIGHTS
Meet at Albany Place car park. Discover the fascinating Western Heights on this leisurely walk. Enjoy the splendour, history and views. Picnic on top of Shakespeare Cliff.
Undulating, easy pace, dogs on leads welcome
£2.00 per person Bring a drink and packed lunch.
11:00
4.5
4

Paul Sampson
White Cliffs Countryside Partnership
07773 619121

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
24 Sun 27th
Northbourne

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

14:00
3 hours
6

David Jones

01303 269151

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
25 Sun 27th
Deal

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ROYAL MARINES HERITAGE TRAIL IN DEAL
Meet on grass between Deal Castle and the sea. The walk previews a fascinating new trail (launch April 2018). Gain an insight into the former RM Depot and the Royal Marines in this area from 1665.
Easy pace, flat on town paths
Max. 30 places
18:00
2 hours
2.5

Bill Butler
Founding member of Walmer Royal Marines Heritage Trails
07766 538694

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
26 Mon 28th
Walmer

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A BRACING BREAKFAST WALK
Start at Kingsdown Road car park (opposite Granville Road). A mixture of coastal, woodland and open country. For those who wish, enjoy a delightful breakfast at the Hope and Lane Cafe (27 The Strand, Walmer, CT14 7DX).
Moderately energetic

07:30
2.5 hours
5.5

Les Preston

01303 863495

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

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THE 4GOTTEN PITS
Park at Lydden Village Hall (situated behind the Lydden Bell pub - Suggested donation for parking 50p per car). Visit the sites of the four Kent collieries which never achieved commercial Production: Stonehall at Lydden, Guilford at Coldred, Hammill near Eastry and Wingham. Pub lunch or bring packed lunch.
Hilly, brisk pace, early start, long walk

09:00
8-9 hours
23.6

Peter Jull

01304 36349

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
28 Mon 28th
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 Hare and Hounds, Northbourne or bring a packed lunch.
Gentle, undulating

10:00
6 hours
11

Jim Bushnell

07948 149938

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
29 Mon 28th
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.
Flat, moderate pace

10:00
3 hours
6

Richard Blackford

01233 812510

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
30 Mon 28th
Barfrestone

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HEDGEROW AND FIELDS: A FORAGING WE GO!
Meet at the Environmental Seals Ltd. factory car park. Discover what Romans left in fields and hedgerows, and what was used in medieval England. Local micro-pub can provide good, simple fare after the walk—booking essential by Wednesday 23rd August, ring 07522 554118.
Easy pace, flat
Max. 20 places
10:30
2.5 hours
5

John Gilbert

07780 679534

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
31 Mon 28th
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!
Mainly flat, one hill, gentle pace
Parents free, children £1 each, up to 4 children per adult. Max. 40 places
18:00
2.5 hours
2.8

Sue Mott

07836 283566

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
32 Tue 29th
Goodnestone

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JANE’S FOOTSTEPS
Meet at the Fitzwalter Room just by the gate of Goodnestone Park. Park in car park for the gardens. The ramble will snake about the picturesque countryside surrounding Goodnestone and conclude with the Serpentine Walk often trodden by Jane Austen. Some readings and history along the way. Lunch at the Fitzwalter Arms.
Moderate pace over very gently undulating fields

09:30
6.5 hours
9

Rowena Pearce

01304 614789

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

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CHANNEL TALES – A STORYTELLER’S PERSPECTIVE
Meet at the entrance to Deal Pier, walk across the cliffs to St. Margaret’s - at - Cliffe. On the way, 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.
Undulating, easy pace

10:00
5 hours
5

Roisin Murray

07932 794251

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
34 Tue 29th
Dover

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TOUR OF RAMPARTS, BASTIONS AND BATTERIES OF DOVER CASTLE
Meet at Broadlees Bottom car park, to the east of castle, opposite Sea Cadets Building. Explore rarely visited areas of Dover Castle and learn more about its military history
Not suitable for children, or dogs. Moderate pace, steep slopes and banks, stout footwear essential!

13:00
4 hours
6

Pat Cunningham

07930 361216

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
35 Tue 29th
Ripple

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THE ICE CREAM WALK
Meet at “Solley’s Farm Ice Cream”, the Dairy car park. Stroll around the pleasant countryside, followed by a conducted tour of the ice cream factory and a chance to have an ice cream.
Undulating, easy pace
Max. 30 places £4.50 per person (Ice cream included in price)
15:00
3 hours
3

Nigel & Bev Cussans

01304 611834

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
36 Tue 29th
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 walking
Max. 30 people £2.00 per person
18:30
1.5 hours
1

Keith Parfitt
Canterbury Archaeological Trust
WCWF Mobile
07940 544211
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
37 Wed 30th
Newington

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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: Valiant Sailor pub, Capel-le-Ferne.
Moderate, some steep hills

10:00
6.5 hours
11

Averil & Steve Brice

01303 892252

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
38 Wed 30th
Sandwich

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ST. PETER’S TOWER AND SANDWICH TOWN ‘WALLS’ WALK
Meet in the Sandwich Guildhall forecourt. Opportunity to ascend church tower for splendid views. Fee of £3.00. To be followed by a walk of the town ‘walls’ taking in many historical aspects.
Flat, leisurely pace
Max. 20 places
10:00
2.5 hours
1.5

Nigel & Bev Cussans

01304 611834

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
39 Wed 30th
Walmer

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KINGSDOWN WOOD HILL
Meet at Kingsdown Road car park (opposite Granville Road). Country footpaths and village streets leading to this ancient woodland. Fine views over the channel.
Undulating, easy pace

10:00
2 hours
4.5

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

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

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TOWN TO DOWN
Meet outside The Ark, Noah's Ark Road. A gentle walk, from housing to hilltop meadows on the top of Whinless Down and High Meadow. Fantastic views. Hear about the meadow wildlife and prehistory. Bring a packed lunch and drink.
Gradual uphill, then flatter, easy pace

11:00
2.5 hours
3

Melanie Wrigley
White Cliffs Countryside Partnership
01304 241806

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
41 Wed 30th
Samphire Hoe

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SAMPHIRE HOE ADVENTURE
Meet at Samphire Hoe Education Shelter. Come and join in a family walk to west beach and back. On the beach we will do a scavenger hunt, the pebble challenge and search for Hag Stones.
Easy pace, pushchair friendly on paths then on to shingle
Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult. Parking: £2.00.
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
42 Wed 30th
Dover

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THE CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING WALK
Meet at Kearsney Abbey, car park nearest the café and toilets. Walk in the woods above Kearsney and enjoy 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