Chilham to Canterbury - 18km walk

  • 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.

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  • anamaria

    Great day and walk! Thank you Maja... See you all again soon!!!

    March 8, 2013

  • Annemarie

    I had such a memorable day. Thank you all. I'm so glad I ended up with the 'wrong' group. Hope to see you all soon :-)

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Marco

      lucky you got to meet us yeayyyyy!!!!! : )))) was nice to se you ; )

      1 · March 6, 2013

    • Annemarie

      Thanks :-)
      ... Until the next adventure

      March 8, 2013

  • Marco

    it was a very good day!!! : )

    March 6, 2013

  • vanessa

    Really fun walk - enjoyed both the nature and the conversation!

    March 4, 2013

  • Vilian

    Great walk, excellent weather, beautiful countryside and good company!

    March 4, 2013

  • Grae

    A lovely walk Maja - thank you!

    March 3, 2013

  • Julian

    Thanks so much for organising such a great day Maja!

    March 3, 2013

  • Mehdi

    Nice walk, thank you Maya. Looking forward to the next one!

    March 3, 2013

  • Maja

    Thank you for a great day. Especially to Julian, his assistance was fantastic! You did an amazing time on this walk, we walked almost 5 km per hour!!!

    2 · March 3, 2013

  • Oscar

    I love English country side, both sunny day and people!!

    March 3, 2013

  • Katharina

    As lovely as always! Great scenery, lovely sunshine, good conversation! THANKS Maya!

    March 3, 2013

  • iain

    Apologies all, just couldn't hike today.

    March 3, 2013

  • Maja

    I'm on my way but may be slightly late. Maja

    March 3, 2013

  • Edmund

    I am afraid I have been ill during the night and I am not able to make it I am so sorry

    March 3, 2013

  • Ann

    sorry to cancel at short notice but don't feel well and don't want to slow down the group

    March 2, 2013

  • Claire

    Hi Maja, sorry to cancel last minute, not feeling well. have fun and say hi to the crew!

    March 2, 2013

  • Elena

    sorry to cancel too, but I have to be back by 6

    March 2, 2013

  • Gillian

    Sorry, to cancel at short notice...

    March 2, 2013

  • Anita

    Sorry but can't make it anymore..

    March 1, 2013

  • Maja

    This is a moderate walk (3 out of 10) but quite a long one.
    You can see details on the Time Out walks web site http://www.walkingclub.org.uk/b...­

    March 1, 2013

  • Elena

    is there an option of a plus 1?

    February 27, 2013

  • Enzo

    I am really sorry but something came up and with great regreat I have to cancel this (what looked) great walk. Apologies! Enjoy!

    February 26, 2013

  • Elena

    Hi I don t think I know anyone who s going. Hope I ll be able to identify some of you with walking gears

    February 26, 2013

  • Tudor

    Would love to join you for this one!

    February 26, 2013

  • Lisa

    Can I add myself to a waiting list?

    February 25, 2013

    • Maja

      most certainly

      February 25, 2013

  • Maja

    Those of you who are attending the Spanish party the day before this walk should consider if you can do both. Dropping off because you had a late evening, I am afraid is not an option. Our walks are very popular, so if you are not sure if you can manage doing both events PLEASE change your RSVP now and let other people plan their Sunday. Thanks!

    February 20, 2013

    • Pedro

      Doing both, but not taking much sangria. :)

      February 20, 2013

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