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Medium walk: A climb into the Kent downs with two historic houses and a castle.

This gentle hike will show us some of the best things Kent country-side has to offer.

At 16km or 9.7 miles it's fairly short, though it includes some climbing, but it will be worth it. Remember: the higher we climb, the better the views!

This is a walk into the Kent Downs, and will take us past two famous historic houses and a castle. (What more could you ask for?) If you care to know: we will pass through the grounds of Godmersham Park, a stately home previously owned by Jane Austen's brother and she spent much time here.

We'll also pass through some farms and might get lucky and see some lambs, and if we're
really lucky the weather will get warmer and there will be Bluebells.

I'd say this one will be a 4 out of 10 in terms of difficulty. It involves some climbing, fields and uneven paths. (Mud is included for free.) But be warned: it's not a gentle stroll. 



Meeting:

9.15am, St. Pancras International, lower level, in front of Starbucks on the Circle. For a map of the station, please have a look here:
http://stpancras.com/downloads

Bring:

  • plenty of water
  • snacks: the pub is at the end. We'll have a few short breaks for snacks along the way, so bring something that will keep you going for a while, and have a good breakfast!
  • Decent footwear: please ensure you're wearing good hiking boots. For everyone's safety a strictly no sneakers, trainers or plimsolls policy applies. (That said, you may want to bring a change of footwear for the train.)
  • Cash for the pub: very important!
  • Camera - there will be some fabulous panoramic views, and possible even a very early blue bell.
  • Rain gear: we're going rain or shine.
  • Sunblock. Let's hope you need it! Ladies, you may want to bring some E45 for your hands and face.

 


Costs:
18 pounds. This is for your train ticket only. Please pay via PayPal when you RSVP using the RSVP button. I'll organise train tickets on the day. No refunds for bad weather I'm afraid. 

Lunch:
We'll have a late lunch/early dinner in the pub in Chilham, at the end of the walk. We'll have earned it after that climb in the morning! Bring cash!

Depending on weather, the number of stops for photo's and pints we drink in the pub, we'll be back in London by 7pm (give or take half an hour).

Note: By signing up for the walk you declare yourself and any friends you may bring fit and healthy enough to complete the walk. I am not responsible for any injuries.

Note if you want to bring your dog along: I have no problem if you want to bring your dog along for the walk but please let me know in advance, as I'll need to check if the pub allows pets. As with humans a few rules apply: We'll be passing through areas with farm animals and sheep with new lambs. Please ensure that you put your pooch on the leash when I ask you too, and that your dog is comfortable around people and other animals. Equally, please ensure that your dog is fit and able to walk the distance.

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  • Tom

    Lovely weather, good walk, good food, great company. Feet stopped aching now.

    April 7, 2013

  • ARANTZA

    It was FANTASTIC.

    1 · April 7, 2013

    • Doreen

      Glad you enjoyed it! ;)

      April 7, 2013

  • aisha m.

    Yesterday’s walk was great, a real tonic for the senses. It was well organised (many thanks Dorien!), good weather...at last!, nice pub at the end. I hope no-one was offended by my banter, next time I’ll wear Olliy’s muzzle.

    April 7, 2013

    • Doreen

      Just don't go chasing after rabbits!

      April 7, 2013

    • Dicky D.

      olly hasn't got a muzzel, perhaps I will get him one if we go in rabbit country though

      April 7, 2013

  • Joanne D.

    Thanks Dorien for a well organised walk. Really enjoyed it

    1 · April 7, 2013

    • Doreen

      Glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully see you soon!

      April 7, 2013

  • Doreen

    Hi everyone, thanks for a great day out yesterday! Wouldn't have been able to do it without all of you!

    April 7, 2013

  • Dicky D.

    Great day out. A great distance for starters.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Michael H.

    My second walk with The 500 Miles, again well prepared by Dorien. Beautiful weather all the way (for a change :-) ). And a nice pub at the end! Perfect Saturday.

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • aisha m.

    err.. the weather looks good, well okish, well no snow (like yesterday when it snowed for 4 hours), fingers crossed.

    April 5, 2013

    • Doreen

      The weather forecast says 'Sunny Intervals'. Yaay! (I'll believe it when I see it, but still strangely excited.)

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would like to go to the hike this Saturday. I am having problems accessing payment as I have forgotten all my paypal account details. I used it once some time ago. Okay if I pay on the day? In regards of my experience I used to be a member of a hiking group before in NW London and cycle most days.

    April 4, 2013

    • Doreen

      Hi Eamon, I sent you a quick email this morning. Give me a shout if it hasn't come through. Cheers.

      April 5, 2013

  • ARANTZA

    I'm looking forward to go again, this time am going more prepared,
    I like walking outside London.

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Tom

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Liz P.

    No can do!

    March 17, 2013

  • david g.

    sorry skiing
    dave

    March 17, 2013

  • Joanne D.

    Do we pay on the day?

    March 12, 2013

    • Doreen

      Hi Joanne, please use the RSV function. It will let you pay via Paypal. Hope to see you on the day!

      March 15, 2013

  • jill h.

    Am in Harrogate for the week

    March 13, 2013

  • Doreen

    Hi David, depending on the conditions of the paths: a conservative estimate would be around 7 or 8. And this pretty much depends on the weather the days before.

    March 12, 2013

  • David L.

    Hi Dorien, what time do you expect to be back at Kings Cross?
    Kind regards, David

    March 12, 2013

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