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Bluebells ahoy! Magic carpets to Canterbury

It's that time of year when one licks one's finger, sticks it to the wind and says "mmmph, Spring". Specifically one does this, one does, to assign a date to this group's signature walk: our annual bluebell pilgrimage to Canterbury.

Anyone who's seen a bluebell wood in full spate will know it is a sight to behold. I know of no better sight/site than the ancient King's Woods south of Canterbury. Trouble is, the true glory is only visible in a window of a couple of weeks - and when that is varies from year to year. Because Spring's come so late this year, I'm betting on a little later than usual - around the second weekend in May, in fact :o)

Anywho, those who know this walk know it is a cracker - it's the only one I have the gall to repeat every year. It stretches about 13 miles (20 km) from the little village of Wye to the cathedral city of Canterbury, past ancient churches, chocolate box villages, orchards and... bluebell woods.

There's the usual pub stop for lunch of course, and perhaps during the afternoon and definitely at the end, plus for anyone who wants a twilight wander round Canterbury's somnolent cathedral close.

Magic - see you there!

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  • Liam

    May 16, 2013

  • Nuria

    Another great walk!Thanks Rich!

    May 12, 2013

  • cindy

    Another beautiful walk with a great group!

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this was my first walk and it was amazing. great route, good pub and the bluebells were polite enough to make themselves look pretty for us :) now i have my standards set up high for future walks :P

    May 12, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    Excellent day out, thanks! The bluebells were out in all their glory, pub lunch hit the spot and a well timed afternoon pub stop meant we avoided the worst of the rain.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Liam

    The bluebells were out, the pub food was great (if a bit pricey for a pub, but hey, it was still great) and the walking was largely dry... Got more soaked emerging from the Tube in London on my return!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Joan

    I am on the train at Clapham junction, so nearly there if ye can please wait?

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am sorry at this point to have to decline for tomorrow. Enjoy the hike.

    May 10, 2013

  • Barry M.

    Very annoyingly, we can't now make it, just freed up two more spots, hopefully someone on the waiting list can avail...

    May 9, 2013

  • Amy L.

    So sorry! Looks like we won't be able to make it after all.

    May 9, 2013

  • Will L.

    Hi Rich

    What ticket should we buy for this, return to Wye or Canterbury?

    Thanks


    Will

    May 9, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Verily, I have seen the bluebells. They were in the Old Furzefield Wood, though, near Edenbridge. Fingers crossed...

    May 6, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Ah. It's got chilly again. Dare I ask if the bluebells will toll for us?

    April 29, 2013

    • Rich

      There is grounds for cautious optimism.

      May 6, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Oh. My guest can't make it, so that may free up a space.
    Bluebell watch: the Spanish bluebells in my garden are in full leaf, but no signs of buds yet. I don't know if that helps to predict when the English ones are likely to swarm across our native glades.

    April 29, 2013

    • Julian

      Shame on you for breeding invasive plants

      April 30, 2013

  • Chitra S.

    Sorry everyone, my friends couldn't get a place. So I'm dropping out. Hope tojoin the next time.

    April 30, 2013

  • Carol

    Hurray! Now I can celebrate my birthday with bluebells (hopefully) :)

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Chitra S.

    I need 3 more spots to invite my friends, alas! it looks like this trip is full.

    April 28, 2013

  • Helena

    Can't make it I'm afraid.. Enjoy the bluebells!

    April 26, 2013

  • Lucy H.

    Oh no! This one is seriously popular...please let me know if someone drops out.

    April 25, 2013

  • Tim R.

    Too early? Too late? The tension is palpable.

    April 25, 2013

  • Amy L.

    But only if you can promise us "There will be mud."

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great walk but ...you've lost someone else to France! I've just moved to Paris! Vimi

    April 25, 2013

  • Jonathan

    That's an inspiring photo you've chosen, as well!

    April 25, 2013

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