March 3, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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As the days grow longer and we have more daylight, we can do more kilometers. But walking with the Europeans has never been just about pounding kilometers (or miles) or getting somewhere as fast as you can. We always like to see a bit of culture along the way, so this walk is perfect for those of you who like to get a cultural fix on your daily walk.
This particular pilgirmage to Cantebury starts in Chilham, we'll see Great Stour River and its attendant lakes, a church in Chartham where we'll stop for pub lunch. Then we'll go through Church Wood and the parklands of the University of Kent to reach Canterbury Cathedral. The cathedral will probably not be open when we arrive unless we walk fairly fast because it closes at 5 pm in winter. But Canterbury is a town full of history and we'll stay there long enough to have a look around and for a tipple at the end of the walk, a traditional way to end a walk in the European Club.
A little bit of history:
Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt 1070-77. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174 , with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late fourteenth century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures.
What not to wear:
Jeans, inadequate shoes which are not waterproof, high heals or sneakers/trainers. You should be wearing waterproof shoes that support your ancle and a waterproof jacket because even if the weather is nice the English countryside is very muddy.
How much is it?
We will be going on a group saver ticket which is £14 per person for a return ticket. I also appreciate your £4 contribution to the Club which keeps it running. Add on top of that some money to be spent on a pub lunch and drink or coffee at the end of it. Please bring cash. You are welcome to bring packed lunches but you will have to eat them OUTSIDE of the pub.
The London European Club is run by devoted and clever volunteers who have colectively decided to ban people who don't show up at events. Our walks are VERY popular and by dropping off the list last minute you are taking the space of other people who'd like to come but can't plan because they think the walk is full. Don't become a "former member" RSVP accurately.