Book 1, Walk 28 - Chilham to Canterbury
Length: 20.1 km (12.5 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10 Either
London St Pancras
: 10-09 hrs Margate service
Arrive Ashford International
: 10-47 hrs Change trains
Leave Ashford International
: 11-05 hrs Canterbury West service
: 11-17 hrs or
: 09-25 hrs Canterbury West service Bromley South: 09-42 hrs
: 11-17 hrs Return
to St Pancras
: 25 mins past the hour direct; 42 mins past the hour, changing at Ashford International Canterbury East
: 09 and 47 mins past the hour Rail ticket
: buy a day return to Canterbury stations
My fellow walk poster has posted a Pewsey Circular walk for today, so for a change SWC walkers have a choice of walks on Good Friday.
Going back some years now I have sent you off on this Canterbury pilgrimage on Good Friday, although last year we tried Ely Circular, with dubious success. So it's back to Canterbury this year. Evensong
in the Cathedral is at 17-30 hrs
, which should leave time for tea first in Canterbury. Entrance to the Cathedral for those attending the service is free. Please note due to the various services held on Good Friday the Cathedral is closed today for sight seeing and general visiting.
Back to the walk: starting in Chilham
you head for Chartham
where you have the option of an early lunch at the Artichoke pub
. Otherwise, following the unfortunate closure of the Chapter Arms in Chartham Hatch, your lunch options before you arrive in Canterbury are limited. With the recent closure of the Blean tavern some 9 miles into the walk, you can continue up the road to the Royal Oak
pub at Blean Common, but having walked as far as Blean, it is probably best to continue into Canterbury and dine there.
During the morning you enjoy a variety of terrain - woods, farmland, apple orchards, hop fields, plus a walk beside the Great River Stour. Later, after Blean Woods, you walk through the grounds of the University of Kent
, then uphill to the University itself. You pass through the university buildings and come out onto a plateau - with a magnificent view of Canterbury Cathedral
down below. If you are lucky this vista might be enhanced by early bluebells
on the grassy slopes above the Cathedral.
Down into the City, for those heading for the West railway station, your recommended tea stop is the Goods Shed.
For those venturing deeper into the City, you are spoilt for choice for tea stops - SWC walkers seem to like Cafe Boho.
Saturday Walk option
: if, like me, you have church (or maybe family) commitments on Good Friday, for many a year now I have embarked on this walk on the following day - the Saturday - which this year is 20 April. Travel
- as per Good Friday - but an hour earlier, allowing for lunch late into the walk. St Pancras 9-09
Margate service, changing at Ashford International and arriving at Chilham 10-17
hrs. If anyone would like to join me I should welcome their company.
Walk Directions here: L=1.28