Book 1 Walk 28 - Chilham to Canterbury
Length: 17.7 km (11 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 Either
hrs Canterbury West train
London St Pancras
hrs Margate train
Arrive Ashford International: 10-46 hrs
Change and leave on train from Victoria to Canterbury West: 11-05
From Canterbury West
mins past the hour direct to St Pancras 47
mins past the hour, changing at Ashford International, for St Pancras 47
mins past the hour direct to Victoria
From Canterbury East to Victoria
mins past the hour, direct (1 hr 39 mins) Rail ticket
: buy a day return to Canterbury stations
You will need to pay the high speed supplement if travelling from or to St Pancras
We always used to post this walk over Easter in bygone years, but it is four years since it has had an outing on Easter Sunday, and seven years since a posting on Good Friday. If you have no family, church, or other commitments today, why not give yourselves a real treat and come on this lovely walk in the Kent countryside, which terminates in the cathedral city of Canterbury.
Leaving Chilham you soon head across fields and farmland to Chartham village where you follow the Stour Valley walk beside the Great River Stour. You then detour to avoid a closed railway crossing before heading up an apple orchard, through woods and more orchards to the village of Chartham Hatch, and lunch at the (usually excellent) Chapter Arms
. Please 'phone ahead with numbers (your e.t.a is 1 pm) 01227-738340.
After lunch you walk through more woods and orchards before you cross over the A2 road on a footbridge and enter Church Wood. At the top of the wood a new detour avoids the calf deep, muddy and at times impassable path through Luckett's Farm, and you enter Blean Woods Nature Reserve and the extensive grounds of the University of Kent, before walking between the university buildings. You now find yourself on a hill with a fine view below of Canterbury Cathedral.
You now descend into the City of Canterbury. If you wish to head home without visiting the City the directions take you to Canterbury West
railway station. Otherwise, the directions take you on a mini-tour of the City to the Cathedral. Being Good Friday the Cathedral is closed today to visitors (usual entry fee £ 12) but is open - at no cost - to anyone wishing to attend one of today's services: Choral Evensong
is at 5-30 pm, and lasts approx.30 mins, allowing you plenty of time to take tea before the service.
After your tour of the City, the directions are easy to follow to Canterbury East
railway station, or back to Canterbury West
for your journey back to London.
Walk Directions here: L=1.28
Next Week, Tuesday 18 April: a new walk from Amberley, heading westwards - jfk.