Canterbury Circular via Bekesbourne and Sturry walk

Ancient villages, churches and pubs in a classic Kent landscape


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date Option Post # Weather
Sat, 01-Apr-23 Sturry to Canterbury - Wooden Ms and a pre-Easter 'pilgrimage' 7 grey miserable
Sun, 08-Sep-19 Sunday Walk: A Canterbury Canter through Kentish Orchards and Pubs 6 warm and sunny with a cooling breeze
Sat, 21-Apr-18 Saturday walk - Canterbury Circular - wood anemones, bluebells, maybe apple blossom 32 Lovely hot sun
Sun, 31-Dec-17 Sunday New Year's Eve Walk – A Canter from Canterbury to Sturry (or back to Canterbury) 5 grey but dry in morning turning to persistent rain after lunch
Wed, 10-May-17 Wednesday Walk Bluebells and Country Pubs 12 sunny
Sun, 18-Dec-16 Sunday walk 2 Sturry Circular 4 dry and mild
Wed, 14-Oct-15 Mid-week day walk Sturry Circular 8 Showery in the morning with The rain becoming consistent in the afternoon
Sun, 22-Mar-15 a Sturry Circular 18
Sat, 04-Jan-14 a Sturry Circular 4
Sat, 04-May-13 Bekesbourne Circular 13
Sat, 05-May-12 a Sturry Circular
Sat, 24-Sep-11 Bekesbourne Circular
Wed, 18-May-11 Bekesbourne Circular
Length: 17.3km (10.7 miles) or 18.5 (11.5 miles) depending on lunch pub. Shorter option of 13.9km (8.6 miles) or 15.1 (9.4 miles) if you end at Sturry.
9.29 train from Charing Cross (9.32 Waterloo East, 9.38 London Bridge) to Sturry, arriving 11.16.
Or catch the 10.04 Southeastern High Speed train from St Pancras to Ashford International, arriving 10.41, to connect with the above train, departing 10.50. (Small supplement + no boundary zone six etc tickets possible)

For walk directions click here, for GPX click here, for a map of the route click here.
This shorter version of the Canterbury Circular walk has not had an outing since 2016 - and not at this time of year since 2015. In the morning it passes through coppiced woods which can have fine displays of wood anemones (see photo).
The shorter start also gets you to the very charming villages at the heart of the walk more quickly. Wickhambreaux, 4.2 miles into the walk, so cute it looks like a film set, is one possible lunch option, the charming Rose Inn being very popular, so definitely worth phoning to book before relying on it. Otherwise, a short diversion (the slightly longer version of the walk) takes you to the more capacious Duke William in Ickham, 4.1 miles into the walk: this extra loop also takes you past the Rose Inn later.
A bit further on from the Rose the Red Lion in Stodmarsh, (5.6 miles) into the walk, may now have closed. It was in any case a VERY upmarket and gastro pub, but made a pleasant drinks stop.

Not included on the formal walk route, but immediately to the north east of Stodmarsh is a wetland bird reserve, which you could make an out and back visit to, adding a couple of miles to the walk.

Approaching Fordwich you pass through more coppiced woodland with wood anemones. Fordwich itself has two pubs that can act as tea stops. There are directions to finish the walk here by following the road for 700 metres to Sturry station (the 8.6/9.4 mile version of the walk). Or you can continue on into Canterbury, which makes a charming and interesting end to the walk, and an apt place to get yourself into the mood for Easter.
Trains back from Sturry are at 32 past the hour
Trains back from Canterbury West for high speed ticket holders are 23 past the hour (taking 55 minutes). You can also get a 37 past to Ashford International and change, but you then have an 18 minute wait for a connection, so the total journey time is 1hr 19 mins.
For normal ticket holders there is a train 37 past from Canterbury West to Charing Cross (1hr 42 mins) or 47 past from Canterbury East to Victoria (1 hr 35 mins)
  • 26-Mar-23

    A short walk around Stodmarsh nature reserve was Christopher Somerville's featured walk in the Weekend section of Saturday's Times. "Keep an eye out for the beavers", it starts. See

  • 01-Apr-23

    Every year there is one grey miserable day before spring truly starts. Maybe that day was today. It didn’t rain all the time, but it was always drippy and never warm. The wood anemones were very plentiful - at their best both outbound from and inbound to Fordwich - but always closed into bells rather than open as cheerful stars, thus muting their effect. They would have looked glorious in sunshine.

    Still and all, there were plenty of signs of spring for the 7 who braved this walk - three on the high speed train and four on the Charing Cross train. Chiffchaffs and chaffinches sang, the verges were crowded with red deadnettle and chickweed, and the great green transformation of the trees and shrubs is starting.

    I was looking forward to lunching at the Rose Inn in Wickhambreaux, having happy memories of doing so many years ago. What I had not realised - or checked - is that in the interim it has gained entry into the Michelin and Good Food Guides. That meant £20 mains (mainly fish) served without any veg (£5 for side dishes), so £30 for a proper meal. Nearly all my companions, I noticed, stuck to starters to save money. My bad, as the young say.

    Better news in the afternoon. The Red Lion in Stodmarsh, which until recently was another high falutin’ gastro hangout, has changed hands and is soon to reopen with “good traditional food”. It is only 1.4 miles further on.

    In Stodmarsh four of us decided to do a little side trip to the nature reserve, and the other three also joined us. Here we heard some exploilsively loud Cetti’s warblers, saw a possible marsh harrier, and heard more chiffchaffs and chaffinches. No obvious signs of beavers, but this was one place which had been enhanced by the recent monsoon conditions. I have never seen a wetland looking so romantically wet.

    After Stodmarsh two of us got left behind. We negotiated a field of calves, watched warily by their mothers, and squelched through more woods carpeted in “wooden Ms”. In Fordwich, unable to summon any of the others in the group on the phone, we stopped at the very cosy George & Dragon for tea and pud (me) and beer (my companion). Then on to Canterbury, with a nice finish along the foaming brown Amazonian torrent of the Great Stour.

    We got the 19.23 high speed train after a sojourn in the Cargo Shed. I think the rest of the group got the 17.37 to Charing Cross. (Feel free to file a separate report…)

SWC 121 – Canterbury Circular T=swc.121

Distance: 14 miles/22.5 km with option to shorten to 11.4 miles/18.3 km by catching train in Sturry

Difficulty: 2 out of 10

Train: Take the 10:09 AM Canterbury train from London St. Pancras (10:16 from Stratford International), arriving at Canterbury West at 11:10. Return trains from Canterbury West are at 25 minutes past the hour until 22:25. Buy a day return to Canterbury.

This walk passes through gentle Kentish countryside and should make for a nice relaxing Sunday outing with lots of charming pubs to visit en route. Also, from recollection, the route passes a number of orchards which should be laden with fruit at this time year. The walk instructions provide some options to shorten the walk -- most notably by catching a train in Sturry. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

You will be spoiled for choice on this walk for lunch pubs. The recommended options are the Rose Inn in Wickhambreaux (01227 721 763) – 6.9 miles/ 11.1 km into the walk; the Duke William (01227 721 308) in Ickham (requiring a short diversion) – 6.8 miles/11.0 km into the walk or the Red Lion in Stodmarsh – serving food until 3:30pm (01227 721 339) – 8.3 miles/13.8 km into the walk. Please do call ahead with numbers….

Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Fordwich Arms pleasantly located overlooking the Stour River. Canterbury also has a number of options for post walk libations (slightly off the walk route – the Parrot is a very pleasant pub).

Enjoy the walk!

  • Tony

    6 walkers met at the exit of Canterbury West and enjoyed perfect walking weather: warm and sunny with a cooling breeze .

    The group split into three pairs with the back-markers clearly in no hurry and no doubt tempted to tarry - as we all were - by the fascinating narrow, twisty streets in the ancient heart of Canterbury.

    With not much cover from the sun, many field borders and few woodlands, some windfall apples from the orchard took the edge off our appetites as we made good progress to lunch at the Red Lion: we enjoyed a hearty meal without too long a wait.

    The afternoon walking featured a number of quaint villages and then hugged the river bank back into the centre of Canterbury where - regrettably - most of the favourite tea stops were closed. The 'Spoons, however, was open so hot drinks and a light meal were a welcome distraction whilst waiting for the next train and a swift return to London.

    Though 14 miles we enjoyed an undemanding walk in very pleasant Kentish countryside.

Canterbury Circular or to Sturry
Length 22.5km (14 miles) or 18.3km (11.4 miles)

Catch the 9.09 Southeastern High Speed train from St Pancras International (9.16 Stratford International) to Canterbury, arriving 10.08.

Buy a day return to Canterbury if intending to do the full walk, or to Sturry if you want to finish there (or keep your options open)


Bekesbourne to Sturry or Canterbury
Length: 12.1km (7.5 miles) or 16.3km (10.1 miles)

Catch the 10.07 From Victoria (10.23 Bromley South) to Bekesbourne, arriving 11.43.

Buy a day return to Bekesbourne, which should be accepted from Sturry.


Toughness: 2 out of 10 (largely flat) for both walks

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here.

This is the old Bekesbourne Circular walk which last year had a bit of a makeover, following an outing with the midweek walkers and an idea from Stargazer. This is its first Saturday outing in its new format.

The route from Bekesbourne to Sturry is as it ever was - a very gentle trundle across Kentish apple orchards (which may just be showing some blossom, but no promises: apple blossom is very variable in its timing) and through some achingly pretty villages with lovely pubs. On the section before Fordwich (Sturry) there are some bluebell and wood anemone woods.

The new bit is a start and finish in Canterbury, walking through the historic heart of the city in the morning and ending by approaching it along the River Stour. This open up new options:

- for those starting in Canterbury you can either do the full 14 mile circuit or end in Sturry (Fordwich) after 11.4 miles and take the train back from there.

- for those starting in Bekesbourne you can either just do the short but very pretty 7.5 mile walk to Sturry, or have a longer 10.1 mile walk into Canterbury.

There is a reasonable chance that those starting from Canterbury might arrive at Bekesbourne just as those starting there are arriving (the longer walkers have 1hr 35 minutes to cover 4.1 miles: a brisk pace, but this is flat ground and easy walking on hard tracks for the most part). Otherwise both groups should arrive at lunch at more or less the same time. To give us all a chance to meet up, I suggest we aim for the Duke William pub in Ickham (reached by a small diversion) which is the largest of the possible lunch pubs on this walk, and (according to a 2016 report) ideal for groups.

For tea the Fordwich Arms has a lovely garden beside the Stour and does tea in pots but has no food apart from salty snacks. The George & Dragon just down the road also has a garden and does puddings all afternoon. In Canterbury, if you can hold out that long, you are spoilt for choice. The walk directions have a few suggestions.

Trains back from Sturry are at 37 past* to Charing Cross (1hr 47) - or you can change at Ashford for St Pancras (1hr 17 minutes). * until 19.37: after that at 34 past till 22.34

Trains back from Canterbury as follows:

- 25 past from Canterbury West to St Pancras for high speed ticket holders (56 minutes journey time). You can also get the 42 past Charing Cross train and change at Ashford for the high speed (1hr 12 mins journey time)

- 09 and 48 from Canterbury East: the 48 takes 1hr 33 and the 09 1hr 44

- 42 past from Canterbury West to Charing Cross (1hr 42 minutes)

- 06 past from Canterbury West to Victoria - but this is very slow - 2 hours T=3.121

  • Anonymous

    Anyone interested in doing the late start short cut?

  • Anonymous

    Depends on who you are

  • Anonymous

    A few of us will be doing the late start from Bekesbourne. You are welcome to join us.

  • Anonymous

    Hi. Early on in the guide there is a (keep your options open) reference. How do we do that, please? New to group. Thanks.

  • 20-Apr-18

    You can finish the walk "early" (after 11.4 miles, so not that early!) at Sturry if you want. If you buy a day return to Sturry (slightly more expensive than one to Canterbury), you have the right ticket for both the outward and return journey: this keeps your options open: you can either finish at Sturry or go on to Canterbury if you want. But if you are sure you will do the whole 14 mile Canterbury Circular walk, then it is cheaper just to buy a day return to Canterbury. That is what I meant.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Walker.

  • 21-Apr-18

    Perfection. It does exist and this was it. Lovely hot sun . Beautiful villages. Fields of yellow oilseed. Fresh green tree foliage. Verge flowers. Loads of wood anemones, sadly now going over. A decent display of bluebells before Fordwich. Varied birdsong. No mud for the first time this year. Two glorious afternoon stops in pub gardens, one alive with chirping sparrows, the other by the River Stour in Gordwich.

    16 were reported on either start for this walk, making w=32 in all. Charmingly, the Canterbury starters had just passed the railway line when the Bekesbourne train rattled over, so the later starters were just a bit behind the early ones and we all - or a substantial contingent of each group - came together to have lunch at a big table in the garden of the Duke William pub. It was nice for fast and not so fast, early and late-starting walkers to come together in this way and walk together in the afternoon. The pub staff were lovely. As one walker said: “You knew as soon as you came in that this was going to be a nice pub.”

    Some stopped at Sturry. At least some of went on to Canterbury and had dinner in a pub.

    When you are researching walks and writing them up, it is a day such as this that you dream of. Thanks to all the people who turned up to make it so memorable.

  • 21-Apr-18


SWC 121 – A Pub Canter from Canterbury to Sturry (with possible extension back to Canterbury) t=swc.121

Distance: 11.4 Miles or 18.3 km for those more metrically minded (or 14 miles/22.5 km with the extension)

Difficulty: 2 out of 10

Train: Take the 9:09 AM Margate train from London St. Pancras (9:16 from Stratford International), arriving at Canterbury at 10:08. Return trains from Sturry are at 39 minutes past the hour until 19:39 then at 37 minutes past until 21:37 and from Canterbury West at 25 minutes past the hour until 22:25. Buy a day return to Sturry.

Some of us experimented with the original Bekesbourne circular on a Wednesday walk last spring to find that a Canterbury circular route works well and has a number options to cater for differing length (as well as quite a few pubs offering refreshment). In fact, the experiment was so successful that the walk author amended the instructions…..and they are ready for a debut…..I thought that it would make a nice New Years’ Eve outing because it has a number of pubs en route – allowing for plenty of festive cheer and warm-up lubrication prior to your evening entertainment. I posted a slightly earlier start to allow some time for pub stops and/or to give those wanting a longer walk back to Canterbury a reasonable chance of getting back there before dark. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

You will be spoiled for choice on this walk for lunch pubs. The recommended options are the Rose Inn in Wickhambreaux (01227 721 763) – 6.9 miles/ 11.1 km into the walk; the Duke William (01227 721 308) in Ickham (requiring a short diversion) – 6.8 miles/11.0 km into the walk or the Red Lion in Stodmarsh – serving food until 3:30pm (01227 721 339) – 8.3 miles/13.8 km into the walk. Please do call ahead with numbers….

Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Fordwich Arms pleasantly located overlooking the Stour River – but make sure you time your departure accordingly to reach Sturry in time for the train (allow 10-15 minutes or so)….Canterbury also has a number of options for post walk libations (slightly off the walk route – the Parrot is a very pleasant pub).

Happy New Year!
  • 27-Dec-17

    Be sure to use the pdf directions

    Of the three lunch pubs, the Duke William is the largest. The Rose is medium sized, quite popular, but a charming place. The Red Lion in Stodmarsh is small and charming: definitely ring to check they have space before relying on eating there, however.

    In Fordwich, given that it is winter and you are unlikely to be spending time in the Fordwich Arms' charming riverside garden, the nearby George and Dragon is a better choice for tea: when last I looked it did puddings in the afternoon, while the Fordwich Arms only does hot drinks: it is also a cosy place.

    Fordwich/Sturry makes a good place to finish. If you want to complete the walk to Canterbury and the light is fading, the cycle path route mentioned in italics is perfectly doable in the dark, I would say

  • Karen

    5 grey but dry in morning turning to persistent rain after lunch

    5 off the train at Canterbury West for one final walk in 2017. We set out in dry but gloomy conditions and made our way out of Canterbury through some pretty uninspiring residential areas. Once out of the city, the path was clear and easy to follow, large arable fields on either side, but happily, we were walking on tarmac rather than trudging through mud.

    Tables at the Rose Inn in Wickhambreaux were all reserved save one small table. Three of us managed to squeeze around that and one other was accommodated at the bar, with the one picnicker joining for a drink. It is a very pretty little pub, the food was good, and the staff friendly and accommodating.

    It was raining as we left the pub and it continued to rain all the way to Sturry. Paths were clear and well-marked, but conditions muddy and slippy. We passed through a farm with what seemed like endless lines of polytunnels, bare of both plastic and plants at this time of year, and on through an apple orchard. The afternoon has some lovely sections through woodland. Two, and possibly a third, finished at Sturry, with the other two continuing on for a Canterbury finish. The rain eased off and we were soon in the outskirts of the city. The return into Canterbury was better than the outward route, through more woods, and eventually along the River Stour with the Cathedral. We could have easily made the 15:25 train, but opted to take tea at Patisserie Valerie (where they'd run out of all cakes except fruit tarts).

    A not too strenuous walk, with pretty villages and buildings along the way. Might make an interesting day out in summer/early autumn when all the various crops and fruits could be seen.

SWC 121 Bekesbourne Circular w/a Canterbury Start (and possible finish) T=swc.121

Distance: 13.7 Miles or 22 km for those more metrically minded

Difficulty: 2 out of 10

Train: Take the 10:08 AM Margate train from London St. Pancras, arriving at Canterbury at 11:08. Return trains from Bekesbourne are at 43 minutes past the hour until 16:43; then 14 minutes past the hour until 19:14; then 19:43 and 20:28. Alternatively, we could also explore ending back in Canterbury with regular service back to London or do the Sturry ending (which would be shorter)…. Buy a day return to Bekesbourne for flexibility….
I thought we might explore a new start to this walk from Canterbury and by doing so reduce the train journey (and lengthen the walk). The thought being that we could basically follow the North Downs Way from Canterbury and cut over to Bekesbourne at Patrixbourne which all looks fairly clear on the map and is not unpleasant from recollections of doing that stretch of the NDW last autumn. We would then carry on with the instructions as written with a delightful choice of lovely country pubs from we can choose to have our elevensies, lunch and afternoon refreshies….. There should also be ample bluebells still on display around Fordwich. From Fordwich there would be a further choice to carry on with the instructions to either Bekesbourne or Sturry or, alternatively, it could be possible to explore a route back into Canterbury…. The Bekesbourne ending needs careful timing given the hourly train service and lack of amenities near the station…. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

We are spoiled for choice on this walk for lunch pubs. The recommended options are the Rose Inn in Wickhambreaux (01227 721 763) – 6.1 miles/ 10 km into the walk; the Duke William (01227 721 308) in Ickham (requiring a short diversion) – 6.5 miles/10.5 km into the walk or the Red Lion in Stodmarsh – serving food until 2:30pm (01227 721 339) – 7.5 miles/12.2 km into the walk. Please do call ahead with numbers…. Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Fordwich Arms pleasantly located overlooking the Stour River – but make sure you time departures accordingly for the Bekesbourne and Sturry endings.

Enjoy the walk!
  • Anonymous

    🐾🐾 Max and me hoping to come on this lovely walk! ☮

  • 10-May-17

    12 and one well-behaved dog on this walk on a lovely sunny day (we will not mention a slight chilly breeze at times). The idea of making this a Canterbury Circular was an interesting one and will be written up in due course for other SWC-ers to try. A nice start through the historic town centre, some shrugging off of the suburbs, then flat farmland which slowly got more picturesque.

    It was once we got onto the old Bekesbourne Circular route that things got really scenic, however. Wickhambreaux in particular is picture-perfect. One half expects Elizabeth Bennet to come striding out of one of the houses on its village green. Instead the Rolls belonged to someone from the Great British Bake-Off who I had never heard of, who was drinking outside the pub.

    A nice lunch here in the garden under blue skies and after a chat with the staff at the strawberry (and, it turned out, raspberry) farm, it seemed a shame not to stop for "refreshies" at the Red Lion in idyllic Stodmarsh too. "I was just saying I was a bit bored" said the girl behind the door when a gaggle of customers suddenly materialised. The walk directions say this pub "has a pleasant garden full of chirping birds". They are still there. The noise was deafening.

    Towards Fordwich we found a bluebell wood with plenty still out - a nice surprise. I heard a reed warbler scolding away in the Stour reed beds. The somewhat blokey Fordwich Arms laughed when asked for tea but produced pots and dainty China cups. We drank it in their lovely riverside garden.

    Some left us here to get the train from Sturry: the rest of us set out to follow the Stour Valley Walk into Canterbury. This is a confident path on the map but more timid in reality: a squeeze through sometimes gloomy trees and shrubs which blocked out the evening sun. Towards the city the path gets lost in a maze of paths and mountain bike tracks: waymarks dried up here. It seemed longer than 4km to me, but eventually we were safe and sound in the Parrot in Canterbury having dinner. As we walked to the station for the 8.25, swifts screamed overhead.

Sun, 18-Dec-16 : Sunday walk 2 Sturry Circular 4
Mr M Tiger
Mr M Tiger
Sturry Circular 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.
Either....take the High Speed HS1 Dover Priory train from St Pancras at 09:37 (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.
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.
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
  • Anonymous

    Planning to travel from Charing Cross.

  • 16-Dec-16

    Southeastern have sneakily switched the Ramsgate trains to run to and from Victoria this Sunday, not Charing Cross and London Bridge. I've updated the walk post above.

  • 18-Dec-16

    Just the fab 4 on this walk, (I was Ringo again!). This walk should be (re)branded the

    "pints and prayers" walk as you pass through a series of lovely villages each with a church and an excellent pub. We stopped to visit the church in Littlebourne just as the morning service was finishing and enjoyed a cuppa and chat with the friendly parishoners.

    By following a clear and well-used path along a field edge we did a variation of the diversion to Ickham by cutting out a rather pointless diagonal field crossing and dog-leg left turn before stopping for lunch and a drink in Wickhambreaux.

    After lunch the fabs briefly split into 2x2 groups after taking a wrong turn through a complex of farm buildings into the poly tunnels fields. The gps section were soon followed by the analogue word followers who realised the error of their ways and we quickly met up again to reach Sturry just in time to grab some takeaway coffees and snacks at a local shop before catching the 15.37 train back to London -3 of us changed at Ashford for HS1.

    This walk is a little gem and after the dry weather the benign muddy stretches through woodland were easily avoided and by the end my boots were actually cleaner than when we started! Great company and a Sunday well spent in dry and mild conditions.

  • pia

    Yes, agree on everything with Pete (and so does my gps!!): lovely walk with plenty of spires and pubs between the lovely fields; small but great group plus mild weather and little mud made this a pretty perfect Sunday stroll. It is worth adding though that the Duke William in Ickham, on a little detour, has reopened and is now a large gastro pub. It looks splendid and for a (larger) group is perfect. The Rose Inn is more intimate though and is situated on a pretty green with benches where you can eat sandwiches, which we all did.

    Can someone update the walk notes please?

    Thanks poster boys for a great year of walking. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

  • 20-Dec-16

    Walk updated. Good to hear that the Duke William is open and suitable for groups.

Mike A
Mike A

Sturry Circular

Ancient villages, churches and pubs in a classic Kent landscape

Book 3* Walk 121

* Online only

Length : 14 km or 9 miles

Toughness : 2 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:37 am train from London St. Pancras (10:44 am Stratford International) to Sturry - Change at Ashford International from Platform 6 to Platform 5
Catch the direct train at 10:10 am from Charing Cross. Calling stations are:

  • Waterloo East - departs 10:13
  • Sevenoaks - departs 10:42
  • Tonbridge - departs 10:51

Meeting point : Sturry Station at 11:53 am

Tickets : Buy a Cheap day return to Sturry. If memory serves, the HST fare is just under £20 and the fare from Charing Cross is about five pounds less.

Brief Description

The last time I did this walk was on a Sunday. The Pubs looked really inviting but were full with locals having roast lunches. I'm sure Wednesday will not present a problem though!
You may find full details here, a PDF download here and a Kindle download here.

Suggested Lunch stops

The Rose Inn at Wickhambreaux t: 01227 721763
The Red Lion at Stodmarsh t: 01227 721339

Suggested Tea stop

The George and Dragon, Fordwich T: 01227 710661 which is just under half a mile from the station.


OS Explorer : 150

Return train times

Trains return from Sturry at the following times 16:36 | 17:36 | 18:33 | 19:36
High Speed folk will need to change at Ashford International

  • Marion

    Intend going

  • Anonymous

    Will also try to make it

    Looks like a good one to start walking...

    if anyone more experimented can confirm, then I'll definitively go

  • 12-Oct-15

    It is a very pleasant and easy walk, if that is what you mean

  • Anonymous

    Am hoping to do this walk if weather stays good.


  • 15-Oct-15

    8 on the walk. One dropped out at Fordham and another joined at the lunctime pub (The Rose - warm and friendly with proper fires).

    Showery in the morning with The rain becoming consistent in the afternoon .

    Welcome to the new walker whose baptism by rain and some mud was tempered by wonderful autumn colours and the ancient villages of Fordham and Wickhambreaux.

    The group was confronted by a recently ploughed field in the afternoon section and decide to give this and therefore Stodmarsh a miss.

    On the approach to Fordham, the heavens opened and sanctuary and tea was found in the Red Lion, another wonderful pub in this area.