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Free Walk: Wye to Chilham - The Crundale Downs, Sole Street, Godmersham Park an…
Wye to Chilham Morning leg of Book 1 Walk 53, and afternoon leg of SWC 138 Length: 17.7 km (11 miles) Toughness: 6 out of 10 Either London St Pancras: 10-08 hrs Margate service Arrive Ashford International: 10-46 hrs. Change trains Leave Ashford International: 11-05 hrs Canterbury West service Arrive Wye: 11-11 hrs or - for South Londoners London Victoria: 09-25 hrs Canterbury West service (as above) Bromley South: 09-42 hrs Arrive Wye: 11-11 hrs Return Chilham to St Pancras: 17-13 (change at Ashford International -AI), 18-13 (AI), 18-44 (AI), 18-46 hrs (change at Canterbury West) Chilham to Victoria: 16-13, 17-13 and 18-13 hrs Rail ticket: buy a day return to Chilham This mix-and-match walk takes - arguably - the best legs of two walks which, when put together, should give you a delightful walk. The morning leg is the Book 1, Walk 53 - Wye Circular walk, which takes you up onto the Crundale Downs, then down to the Church of St Mary in the village of Crundale, before you head back uphill, steeply, on quiet roads to the village of Sole Street. You might be lucky and manage to obtain lunch at the gourmet lunch pub, the Compasses Inn ( [masked]) but you usually have to book in advance. Best bring a picnic, and have a beer in the pub. The afternoon leg follows the homeward leg of SWC 138 through woods and valleys - with some stunning views - then through Godmersham Park and on to Chilham, for tea at cosy Shelly's Tea Room. ( It's then a fifteen minute walk to Chilham railway station for your journey home. Walk Directions: here for the Book One walk. [Walk directions, OS Map, and GPS Data] Here ( for the afternoon leg of your walk Notes This walk is cross-posted from the Saturday Walkers Club website. See This Week's Walks ( for last minute changes and more events. Everyone welcome, especially visitors to London. Our walks are 'self led' and don't have walk leaders, so you should have your own copy of the route, i.e. a printout, map, pdf on your smartphone. See: New Members ( Don't worry, it work really well in practise. Attendance is weather dependent, but is usually from 5-30 people. A Network Railcard gives 1/3 off train fares. Check TFL weekend engineering works. On the day, use #swcwalks on Twitter. This Meetup account isn't monitored. You can leave a message on our This Weeks Walk page ( SWC:[masked]

St Pancras International (outside National Rail Tickets office)

St Pancras International station, Euston Road, NW1 2QP · London

What we're about


We are a London and South East England based hiking club.

We organise day walks an hour or 2 by train from London.

The walks come from the Saturday Walkers Club website ( They all have online walk directions, OS maps and GPS data. Some of them feature in the 2 Time Out Country Walks books.

Our walks are "self-led" - i.e. they do not have a leader. Everyone is responsible for leading them self, so everyone is expected to have a copy of the route. The organisers only posts the meetups - they do not attend the walk (If they did, they would be effectively be walk leaders, and would require third party liability insurance, meaning the walks couldn't be free)

• Meetup with everyone else by the station exit at the start of the walk (or earlier in the front carriage of the suggested train.

• Look out for people who came by car at the station exit.

• Introduce yourself to each other, and have a great time.

This may sound a little haphazard, but trust us, it actually works very well.

Our Plans

We aim to build up to organising :

walks 7 days a week, with several walks at the weekend.

early and late starting walks

short/easy and longer/harder walks

walks with themes, e.g. gay, with children, 20's/30's, visiting National Trust properties, swimming walks in the summer, etc.

We were inspired to start this group when we found out that some other groups were charging you to do SWC walks, and passing them off as their own work.

These walks are free.

RSVP Policy

Please feel free to change your mind at the last minute, especially if its raining, the dog ate your homework, or you overslept. Also feel free to go on a walk you didn't RSVP for. Sorry, no refunds, but then the walks are free anyway :)

Train Tickets Advice

There is detailed advice here (, but, in short, a Network Railcard gives 1/3 off off-peak train tickets for up to 4 people.

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