Festival 2019 Is Now Over

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
0 Thu 22nd
Walmer
CT14 7DX

OPENING CEREMONY
This will be held on Walmer Green in front of the Deal Memorial Bandstand. It will be followed immediately by the first three walks of the festival.
Flat

10:00
15 minutes
0

Margaret Lubbock

01304 831011
07940 544211
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
1 Thu 22nd
Walmer
CT14 7DX

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.
Moderate pace, hills all the way but none steep

10:15
6 hours
12

Richard Blackford

01233 812510

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
2 Thu 22nd
Walmer
CT14 7DX

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.
Easy pace, gentle ascent

10:15
3 hours
6

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
3 Thu 22nd
Walmer
CT14 7DX

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.
Easy pace, undulating

10:15
5 hours
5

Roisin Murray

07932 794251

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
4 Thu 22nd
Dover
CT15 5LP

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.
Easy pace, some uneven ground, with steps, but nothing strenuous

14:00
2 hours
1.5

Paul Sampson
(Land Trust and White Cliffs Countryside Partnership)
01304 241806
07713 619121
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
5 Thu 22nd
St Margaret's Bay
CT15 6DY

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.
Moderate pace, steep hills and many steps to and from the beach

16:30
3 hours
6.5

Margaret Lubbock

01304 831011
01795 843927
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
6 Thu 22nd
Dover
CT17 9AU

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.
Easy pace, easy walking

18:00
2 hours
1

Keith Parfitt
(Canterbury Archaeological Trust)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
7 Fri 23rd
Deal
CT14 6HY

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
Moderate pace, mostly gentle slopes – one steep flight of steps

10:00
6 hours
11

Andrew Swarbrick

07754 797848
01233 720513
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
8 Fri 23rd
Folkestone
CT20 1QH

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.
The longer walk is moderately paced and includes one steep uphill climb. The shorter walk is easy pace

10:45
4 hours
1
3.5
Sue Mott

07836 283566

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
9 Fri 23rd
Capel-le-Ferne
CT18 7JJ

THE WHITE CLIFFS PANORAMIC TRAIL DAY 1 CAPEL TO DOVER -LINEAR
Park in The Valiant Sailor Car Park, £2.00 for the day. We will visit:the impressive Battle of Britain Memorial site, the sound mirrors, Samphire Hoe, WW2 fortifications and the Drop Redoubt on the way. Cliff Top Café lunch or bring your own. Regular return buses.
Moderate pace, cliff walk, some hills
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
11:00
5 hours
7

Les Preston

01303 863495
07903 456463
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
10 Fri 23rd
River
CT17 0UY

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

14:00
2 hours
1.5

Barry OBrien
(Dover Tales)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
11 Fri 23rd
Kearsney Abbey
CT16 3DZ

KEARSNEY ABBEY AND RUSSELL GARDENS - FROM PREHISTORY TO THE PRESENT DAY
Meet in front of the old billiard room (the former café) in Kearsney Abbey.On this easy paced walk, you will learn about the industrial and social history of the parks and the work being done to restore them to their original designs. This year there are new archaeological insights, gained from recent excavations, to discover.
Easy pace, mostly flat, but one steep hill which can get muddy and slippery after wet weather
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
14:00
1.5 hours
1.6

Anita Sedgewick
(Kearsney Parks Community Engagement Officer)
01304 831011

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
12 Fri 23rd
Walmer
CT14 7RN

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
Fast pace, undulating

17:00
4.25
10.3

Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
13 Sat 24th
St Margarets-at-Cliffe
CT15 6AQ

THE WHITE CLIFFS CHALLENGE – AN LDWA WALKING EVENT
Start from St Margaret’s Village Hall. Online entry fee: 32ml £8 (non-LDWA £10) 18ml £6, (non-LDWA £8). On the day entry fees: £12 and £10. Includes tea & coffee at start, food & drink at checkpoints, meal at finish and certificate. To be completed in 12 or 8 hrs
All finish by 20:30
Online entries, for advance booking,on Kent LDWAwebsite Kent LDWA – Kent Group E: entries.kent@ldwa.org.uk
08:30 walkers 10:30 runners

32
18
Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
14 Sat 24th
Walmer
CT14 7HJ

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).
Fast pace,completely flat, hard surface

08:45
1.25 hours
3.1

Gavin Trevelyan

07903 456463

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
15 Sat 24th
Dover
CT16 1LA

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
Moderate pace, cliff walk, some hills

10:00
6.5 hours
9.5

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
16 Sat 24th
Hythe
CT21 5NY

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.
Moderate pace, some steep hills
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
10:00
5.5 hours
4.8
5.5
John Grace

07814786839

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
17 Sat 24th
Swingfield
CT15 7HX

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.
Leisurely pace, no hills

10:00
3 hours
4.5

Rhona Hodges

01303 258022

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
18 Sat 24th
River
CT17 0UY

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
Easy pace, flat

13:30
2.5 hours
2.5

Barry OBrien
(Dover Tales)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
19 Sat 24th
Eastry
CT13 0HE

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.
Moderate pace, generally flat with slight inclines

13:30
3 hours
7.3

Robert Campbell
RamblersKent Area Chair
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
20 Sun 25th
Deal
CT14 6HY

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.
Moderate pace, flat

10:00
4.5 hours
9.6

Gavin Trevelyan

07903 456463

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
21 Sun 25th
Walmer
CT14 7LH

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
22 Sun 25th
Kearsney Abbey
CT16 3DZ

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.
Easy pace, one long hill climb. Not suitable for buggies

11:00
1.5 hours
2.5

Lesley Stephenson

07753 245969

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
23 Sun 25th
St Margarets-at-Cliffe
CT15 6AU

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.
Easy pace, with steep descent down flight of steps, some uneven ground

14:00
2.5 hours
2.9

Helena Trevelyan

07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
24 Sun 25th
Deal
CT14 6HY

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.
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
25 Sun 25th
Walmer
CT14 7LH

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

17:30
3 hours
2.8

Sue Mott

07836 283566

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
26 Mon 26th
Dover
CT16 1LA

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.
Moderate, steady climb, including steps, at start

07:30
2.5 hours
4.7

Les Preston

01303 863495

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
27 Mon 26th
Northbourne
CT14 0LF

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.
Brisk and flat

09:30
8 hours
18

Graham Smith

01304 367853

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
28 Mon 26th
Dover
CT16 1HW

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.
Moderate pace, some flights of steps on a steep ascent, uneven ground

10:00
3.5 hours
6

Helena Trevelyan

07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
29 Mon 26th
Betteshanger
CT14 0LT

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.
Moderate pace, undulating

10:30
2 hours
6

Pat Cunningham

07930 361216

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
30 Mon 26th
Dover
CT17 9AU

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.
Easy pace, cliff walk, some hills

11:00
5 hours
8

Barry OBrien
(Dover Tales)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
31 Mon 26th
Sandwich
CT13 9BP

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

13:30
3 hours
6.5

Jerry Swallow
(DATROWS / WCR)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
32 Mon 26th
Ripple near Deal
CT14 8JL

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

Anne Hickey

01304 372814
07932 812514
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
33 Tue 27th
Sandwich Bay
CT13 9PF

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.
Easy pace, some undulations, 2 stiles.

09:30
2.5 hours
5

Peter Dean

07814 438738

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
34 Tue 27th
Goodnestone
CT3 1PL

JANE’S FOOTSTEPS
Meet in Goodnestone Park Gardens Car Park. Explore the picturesque surrounding countryside and the Serpentine Walk, an area once trodden by Jane Austen. We will stop, weather permitting, for readings and information along the way. The walk finishes in Goodnestone for a late lunch. For those who wish, after the walk,there will be an optional visit to house and gardens, at additional cost, for further readings.
Moderate pace over very gently undulating fields
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
09:30
4.5 hours
7.5

Rowena Pearce

01304 614789

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
35 Tue 27th
Etchinghill
CT18 8NQ

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).
Moderate pace, hilly

10:00
3 hours
6.5

Peter Corkill

01303 840269

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
36 Tue 27th
Dover
CT16 1HW

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.
Moderate pace, very steep slopes and banks

10:00
5.5 hours
6

Gavin Wright

07919 091520

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
37 Tue 27th
Dover
CT15 5LP

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.
Easy pace, some uneven ground, but nothing strenuous
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
14:00
2 hours
1.5

Paul Sampson
Land Trust and White Cliffs Countryside Partnership
01304 241806
07713 619121
No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
38 Tue 27th
Dover
CT17 9AU

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.
Easy pace, easy walking

18:00
2 hours
1

Keith Parfitt
(Canterbury Archaeological Trust)
07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
39 Wed 28th
Sandwich Bay
CT13 9PF

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
Easy pace, some undulations, 2 stiles. No dogs, please
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL.
09:30
2.5 hours
5

Peter Dean

07814 438738

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
40 Wed 28th
Walmer
CT14 7LH

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
Easy pace, undulating

10:00
2 hours
4.5

Diana Backwell

01304 372090

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
41 Wed 28th
Dover
CT16 1LA

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.
Moderate pace, hilly, one flight of steps down

10:00
3 hours
6.5

Les Oliver

07940 544211

No. Date Walk start point and description Time Miles Contact
42 Wed 28th
Dover
CT17 9FL

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.
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