SWC walk 121 (variant)
8.4 miles, 13.5 km
Difficulty 2 out of 10:
A beautiful walk through a quiet corner of Kent, visiting a series of ancient villages, each with its own ancient pub and church. Mostly flat, with a few gentle hills, and some good views. Some of the woodland bridleways can be muddy in winter but the walk also has many dry sections on quiet tarmac lanes and tracks. Trains
Either....take the High Speed HS1 Dover Priory train from St Pancras
(Stratford International 9:44) changing at Ashford for the Ramsgate train (arr 10:14 dep 10:32 platform 5). Arrive Sturry at 10:55.
Or.....take the same Ramsgate train from Victoria
(note change of terminus
) at 09:12,
direct to Sturry (calls Bromley South 9:30, Orpington 9.37, etc). This is the cheaper option.
Trains return at xx:37 direct to Victoria (cheapest - journey time: 1hr:51). Or change at Ashford for the HS1 back to St Pancras (costs more - journey time: 1hr:18).
Get a return to Sturry. Lunch
The first pub reached is the (untried) Anchor Inn
, Littlebourne (01227 721 207), 5 km (3.1 miles) into the walk.
Next is the recommended Rose Inn
on Wickhambreaux's village green (01227 721 763), 6.4 km (4 miles) into the walk - worth ringing to book.
There's also the Duke William
in Ickham (01227 721 308), another pretty and ancient village. Just off the walk route on a diversion that adds 1.3 km (0.8 miles) to the walk length – directions given at the end of the main walk text. A pleasant pub with an interesting and not over-priced menu.
With Xmas being so close, pubs may be busy today. You might want to pack a snack or two just in case there's any problem. Tea
The Fordwich Arms,
King Street, Fordwich (01227 710 444), 12.6km (7.8 miles) into the walk, has a rear balcony and garden overlooking the River Stour. Serves tea in proper pots.
There's also the George and Dragon
, 100 metres down the road from the Fordwich Arms. It serves food all afternoon and has a pleasant garden. Walk Directions here