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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.