The Greensand Way Section 1 - Ashford to Ham Street

  • September 7, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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This is a make up/ catch up walk for people who missed this section in January or would like to try it again at this time of year. The walk will be hosted by Darek.

Section 1 – 11 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Ham Street Station at the end of the hike.

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This is a relatively short 10.5 mile hike with a pub stop for lunch. We will walk from Ashford to Ham Street village. We are going to stop for lunch in the Queen's Head in Kingsnorth, which is about half-way. Most of the walk is flat but the rail fare is quite steep even with a group discount so make sure you can manage the total cost of the day including lunch in the pub.

Some general recommendations and tips.


Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 9:10 and 9:25 at St Pancras Station, by the ticket office. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.

The ticket offices:










We will meet around here, opposite the ticket offices:











Buy Ticket: Off-peak day return to return to Ham Street. £33.30 for one adult down to £16.65 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:42 a.m. train from St Pancras International platform 13 to Ashford International, arriving at 10:20.

If it’s more convenient you could board the train at Stratford International at 9:48. 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 Ashford International railway station.

Part 1: 6 miles. 2 hours 5 minutes

Lunch Stop: We’ll have a booking for lunch in a pub and stay an hour or so. The menu is cheap and cheerful (£4 - £9) rather than haute cuisine.

Part 2: 5 miles. 1 hour 45 minutes

End of Hike: Arrive at Ham Street railway station by 16:00.

Return Travel: 16:10 to Ashford International, arriving at 16.18. Then from Ashford 16.43 (platform 5) to London St Pancras, arriving 17.21.

Post Hike Refreshment: For those who wish to reward their hiking efforts there is a pub in Ham Street village. For those of us stopping for a drink the trains are at 17:10 and 18:10.

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  • Aleksandra K.

    I survived! And actually enjoyed :) I didn't think I'd say that about a hike but I really had fun. And I believe we need to also explore other meetups. Noone knows what's out there ;) Well... actually some of us seemed to know and to even have tried :D Cheers!

    September 7, 2013

  • Darek

    Hi Everyone, Meetup webpage will be down for maintenance tomorrow from 6:00 - 8:00 AM ET.
    My phone number in case you need it is 07899008353.
    See you tomorrow!

    September 6, 2013

  • Julia

    If only it was this Sunday instead of tomorrow I would have done it!

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alas, am in Cornwall this weekend. But hope it goes well, greetings and regards to all and see you next weekend if there is one running then

    September 6, 2013

  • Suzanna

    Hi Darek - I see there are still places. Can I please bring a +1? I'll make sure she keeps up with the group.....

    September 4, 2013

    • Darek

      Dear Suzanna, I prefer to lead a small group. Could you please ask your +1 to join Joinded Up Hiking? There are still 3 spots available.

      September 4, 2013

  • Sally D.

    Hi Christopher-

    I am very interested in the hike - is the hike through shady areas (such as walking through trees, etc.) or out all day directly in sun.

    With many thank, Sally

    September 2, 2013

    • Christopher

      I'd say this is mainly out in the open and only the last few miles are mainly in the forest.

      September 2, 2013

  • Steve

    Was hoping to do the rest of this walk, sadly I'm away until the 17th...

    August 29, 2013

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