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Chilham to Canterbury Open Group Walk (7.5 miles)

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Chilham

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An open group walk organised by Walk Awhile Walking Holidays- in conjunction with the North Downs Way 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

Join us for the third leg of walks over the bank holiday weekend, with Monday’s group led by Walk Awhile as we follow the North Downs Way from Chilham on to Canterbury.

Canterbury Cathedral (photographer Richard Brown)

'Canterbury Cathedral' (photographer Richard Brown)

Meet at the ‘Pilgrim Milestone’ oak carving in Chilham square. Public parking at foot of Taylor’s hill. Chilham Square is a ¾ mile walk from Chilham train station for those arriving by public transport.

In Chilham square the walk picks up the Pilgrims’ Way. The group will be appraised of both Hilaire Belloc’s and Julia Cartwright’s routes to Canterbury and will be made aware of the development of Victorian and Edwardian myth contributing to the Pilgrims’ Way narrative.

The walk will ascend Belloc’s Pilgrims’ Way to Old Wives’ Lees and walk through landscape evocative of the Garden of England for 3 miles, passing Oast Houses and walking through orchards and woods to Nickel Farm.

Arrive in the village of Chartham Hatch at midday for a short rest and packed lunch. The walk then passes through No Man’s Orchard and emerges at the foot of Bigbury Camp, an iron-age hill fort, where it has been suggested Caesar defeated the British / Belgic tribes on the second incursion into Britain in 54 BC. The group will have opportunity to explore the earthworks and discuss the references to Bigbury and the battle referred to in the Gallic Wars.

'Church Hill' (photographer Richard Brown)

The final two miles takes the group through Harbledown village referred to as Bobbe-up-and-down in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (Manciples Tale). At Harbledown the group passes St Nicolas’s Chapel. The group will also visit the Black Princes Well.

The final stretch of the walk into Canterbury takes the group past the church of St Dunstan’s, which houses a lead vault containing the head of Sir Thomas More. Opposite the church is the Tudor gateway to the Roper estate.

The final quarter of a mile takes the group through the city walls and the medieval West Gate to Canterbury through which pilgrims would have passed. Arrival in Canterbury about 2-3 pm. Monday’s walk is led by Walk Awhile tracker Jack Bright.

Walk length: 7.5 miles


Equipment checklist:

Packed lunch

Bottle of water

Walking shoes or boots

Weather appropriate clothing- be prepared with hats and sun cream for a warm weekend or waterproof jackets and trousers if there is rain.

Further details:

Walkers who would like to walk with their dog should contact us in advance to discuss options.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at walk@walkawhile.co.uk or (0044) 1227 752762 if you have any questions concerning this walk.

Tickets £18 per person (*£2 of which will be donated to the North Downs Way National Trail)

* Free and/or reduced tickets for the unemployed and those on in/out of work benefits- contact Walk Awhile directly to reserve places.

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