The journey so far…
Section 2 – 16.5 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Lenham Station at the end of the hike.
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This is a full day out, with a good long hike at a fast medium pace both before and after lunch. We start by retracing our steps out of Ashford along the river Stour then up out of the valley through Godinton Park and onto the low Eastern end of the Greensand Ridge, with some broad expansive views over the patchwork fields and orchards of Kent, the garden of England.
Photo© Copyright Nigel Chadwick
As well as the rolling green acres, woods and hedgerows there is plenty of architectural interest, as we pass by a number of old churches and grand mansions and no doubt an iconic oast house or two. Just after half-way we make a stop in one of the villages for a pub lunch.
There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.
Some general recommendations and tips.
Photo © Copyright David Anstiss
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 9:10 and 9:25 at St Pancras Station, by the ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.
Note: if you have not been to St Pancras before the national rail ticket office is a long, long way inside. Just keep going on ground level until you get to it.
The ticket offices:
We will meet around here, opposite the ticket offices:
Buy Ticket: Off-peak day return to Lenham via Ashford International. £31.50 for one adult down to £15.75 each in a group of 4.
Outward Travel: 9:42 a.m. train from St Pancras International platform 11 to Ashford International platform 6, arriving at 10:20.
If it’s more convenient you could board the train at Stratford International at 9:48 or Ebbsfleet International at 10:00 a.m. You would need to arrange a group of 3 or 4 with others travelling from that station to get the discount.
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:20 to 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to Ashford International railway station. We will be on our way at 10:30 prompt.
Part 1: 9 miles. 3 hours 10 minutes.
Lunch Stop: We’ll have a booking for lunch in a pub. We will order in advance so please look at the menu now.
Alternatively you can eat your own packed lunch nearby and come in for a drink.
Part 2: 7.5 miles. 3 hours.
End of Hike: Arrive at Lenham railway station by 18:00.
Return Travel: 18:09 train from platform 2 to Ashford International. Arrive at 18:23.
Change to platform 5 for the 18:43 train to St Pancras International. Arrive at 19:21.
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