Escape the hustle and bustle of urban living to discover inspirational landscapes and peaceful walks along the North Downs Way National Trail! This time we will be taking an enjoyable stroll from Canterbury to Shepherdswell, with spectacular downland views amongst the finest landscapes in the country.
We will start the walk in the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. It is famous for Canterbury Cathedral, which forms part of the Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest in England, parts of it dating from the 6th century. A 17th century bell is still rung every day to open and close the cathedral. Canterbury became a popular place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was killed in the cathedral on the orders of King Henry II in 1170.
Our path will head through the city centre and then through the east of the city, climbing onto the downs. The route will take us through the pretty village of Patrixbourne with its delightful Norman church and continue through large fields of crops, passing through the attractive villages of Womenswold and Woolage on the way, before arriving at the small town of Shepherdswell.
DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY:
Distance: 11 miles (18 km).
Ascent: 100 metres.
Difficulty: Moderate (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html).
The hike is mostly flat and is suitable for all ages and abilities.
08:45 meet at London St Pancras International railway station on the benches next to Starbucks; 09:00 leave the meeting point to board the train; 10:15-15:30 hiking from Canterbury to Shepherdswell along the North Downs Way; 15:30-17:00 lunch/dinner at a traditional country pub, the Bell Inn, in Shepherdswell; 19:30 London Victoria.
This hike is led by an experienced Lowland Leader.
Payment of £36 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
• train tickets
• professional event organisation
• guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader
• walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception
• admin fee
• PayPal fee
WHAT TO BRING:
• suitable hiking shoes and clothes
• packed lunch (optional)
That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking 🙂!