Picnic Spot near Compasses Inn

SWC Walk Book 1 Walk 53 - Wye Circular

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Wye and Stour Valley from Wye Down

SWC Walk Book 1 Walk 53 - Wye Circular

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The Compasses Inn, Sole Street

SWC Walk Book 1 Walk 53 - Wye Circular

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Hawthorn

Wye Circular

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Stitchwort

Wye Circular

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View over Wye

Wye Circular

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Spring flowers

Wild Garlic and ..not sure about the blue one... most likely Ground Ivy . Wye Circular

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Wye Circular walk

Out over the North Downs with breathtaking views to lunch in Sole Street. Back up over the Downs, then returning along the Great Stour river. Muddy in winter.

History

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 # Post
Fri, 27-Jul-18

Friday Evening [Full Moon] Special Wye Circular

A special map-led Friday full moon Wye Circular.....to visit one of the most quirky pubs ever.....the Timber Batts Inn in Bodsham...basic website details below in comments (thanks A) -- but you can also look them up on Facebook. Some of us frequented this eclectic establishment on a Sunday walk earlier in the year and thought that it would make a fun evening destination....Added bonus...possible glimpses of a full moon on the return to Wye....T=1.53

Walk details:

Train: 15:12 Margate train from London St. Pancras (Stratford International 15:18) changing at Ashford (arriving 15:50; departing 16:05), arriving Wye 16:11. Return trains are at 21:56 and 22:56 (changing at Ashford). Buy a day return to Wye.

Distance: 12.2 miles/19.7 km

Difficulty: 6.5 out of 10

This new map-led route initially follows the original Book 1 route from Wye to the Memorial Crown and slightly beyond. It then diverts to Bodsham for an early dinner at the unique Timber Batts Inn. After dinner, we will circle back to the North Downs escarpment. Hopefully, with views of the rising moon in its full eclipse state (roughly 21:00-22:00)….You can see the route as the "blue" alternative route on the OS Map tab of Book 1: Walk 53.

Enjoy the walk and happy moongazing!

https://the timber batts pub forge.business.site/
I hope that means a good view of the eclipse, cloud permitting?
hopefully.....we should be back by the Memorial Crown by about 21:00 with good views South....
You should also get a fine view of the Red Planet, rising in the south east at nightfall. Its orange colour is unmistakable and shows up even more clearly in binoculars.
Sun, 25-Mar-18 9

Sunday Walk - The North Downs: Wye Circular (Version of...)

Length: 17.7 km (11.0 mi) [or longer, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 395 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 09.10 train to Ramsgate from Charing Cross, (09.13 W’loo East, 09.21 LBG), arrives Wye 10.38.
Alternatively, take the 09.09 Margate train from St. Pancras, (09.16 Stratford I’nal), change at Ashford (arr. 09.47, dep. 10.11), arrives Wye 10.17 (or wait in Ashford for above train).
Return trains: xx.21 to Victoria, xx.55 to Charing Cross (shave off 30-60 mins in each case by changing at Ashford onto a High Speed train to St. Pancras).
This is a very nice walk in its normal version that suffers from an uppity gastro-pub that doesn’t really want walkers, definitely doesn’t really want walk-in custom, does want customers to turn up exactly on time and expects customers to settle for a long and drink-fuelled meal. That’s not great a combination for the average SWC-punter. So why not try a slightly different route (longer, you guessed it), that goes past one or two other pubs to check them out for a possible revised route? Check the route map on our webpage here for an idea.
The description for the normal walk goes like this:
“This walk goes high up on the Crundale Downs (“crun” in Old English meant chalk, and ‘dala’ meant dell or valley), with breathtaking views. The walk comes to an isolated Norman church at Crundale, then on to a 15th century inn for lunch. The walk then passes Crundale House and the manor of Olantigh, crosses the River Great Stour and returns to Wye through its churchyard, for tea at a teashop at the bottom of Church Street or at a pub next to the railway station.”
Lunch: The Compasses Inn in Crundale (8.8 km, food to 14.30) on the normal version of the walk. You should book a table for 13.00 hours or thereabouts to guarantee you’re not late for the booking.
Else it’s either The Bowl Inn in Hastingleigh or The Timber Batts Pub & Forge in Bodsham.
Tea: The Kings Head or The Wye Coffee Shop and Kitchen (open to 17.00) in the centre of Wye, or The Tickled Trout near the station.
For walk directions, map, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here. T=1.53.a
Extension via Hastingsleigh only adds 3.4 km; Extension via Hastingsleigh and Bodsham adds 5.0 km.
Planning to catch the train from Charing Cross instead of St Pancras. Anyone else?
Sure
9 takers for this early start (considering the clocks had gone forward overnight) in dry and warm weather. All walked the 'long' extension via Hastingleigh and Bodsham. And all enjoyed that very much. Plenty of quiet coombes with long views to walk through (i.e. also lots of up and down), a CAMRA recommended pub in Hastingleigh (cash only), and then an absolute gem, the most quirky pub around, and that by a country mile: The Timber Batts and Forge in Bodsham. You have to see it to believe it. AND the food was tasty (burgers and fish & chips only, Pizzas on Friday evenings). AND the staff was nice. We will be back.
We got back to Wye early enough for one to dash to get the 17.22 train, all else went to the pub for a chill down drink.
Oh: no mud! I repeat: no mud! Not even in the many arable fields.
But loads of daffs, in lots of places, but in Wye the churchyard was practically all daffodils.
Wed, 23-Nov-16 14

Wednesday Walk - The North Downs: Wye Circular

Length: 17.7 km (11.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 395 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.08 train to Margate from St. Pancras, (10.15 Stratford I’nal), change at Ashford (arr. 10.46, dep. 11.05) arriving Wye at 11.11.
The train you are changing on to is the 09.22 from Victoria to Canterbury West.
Return trains: xx.21 hours to Victoria, xx.51/2/3 to Charing X (shave off 30-40 mins in each case by changing at Ashford onto a High Speed train to St. Pancras).
This walk goes high up on the Crundale Downs (“crun” in Old English meant chalk, and ‘dala’ meant dell or valley), with breathtaking views. The walk comes to an isolated Norman church at Crundale, then on to a fifteenth century inn for lunch. The walk then passes Crundale House and the manor of Olantigh, crosses the River Great Stour and returns to Wye through its churchyard, for tea at a teashop at the bottom of Church Street or at a pub next to the railway station.
Lunch will be at The Compasses Inn in Crundale (8.8 km, food to 14.30). A table has been booked for 13.15 hours.
For walk directions, map, height profile, and gpx/kml files click here.
Next Week: SWC 44 Didcot Circular 22.1 km/13.8 mi, 3/10 rating.
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12 walkers off the HS1 train at Ashford, who decided to rather take an imminent (delayed) train than waiting for the posted train from Victoria, getting us to Wye 10 minutes earlier than expected. 1 then waited at Wye for possible walkers off that Victoria train (in vain), while all else sped off.
2 other walkers had indeed tried to catch that Victoria train, but missed, so we learned later. They were therefore an hour behind (and later skipped the lunch pub and the out and back to it, so were only caught by the main group a few minutes before Wye).
So 14 in total in dry conditions.
Some of the many field crossings in the last quarter of the walk were a bit soggy after the recent rains, else a very fine walk, with plenty of quiet valleys and splendid views off the Downs.
75 minutes for lunch at the glorious Compasses Inn with its two fireplaces (some had 3 courses...) and a 10 minute delay in the afternoon caused by a very large herd of sheep being herded down the very lane we had to go up (let's just say they were not very co operative), meant we only got to the Tickled Trout by the station at 16.35, to find it had winter opening hours (shut until 17.00)!
So 5 went back up into the village to the King's Head for a bevvie, which proved to be a very good choice. Do we have/can we concoct a walk that has this pub as a lunch destination?
A bottle of Rioja was purchased at the Co Op by the SWC Provisions Manager for the long journey back...
Sat, 25-Jul-15

Saturday First Walk

I will be standing down shortly - I go away in September
So a new volunteer poster is needed - or volunteers: it is perfectly OK to volunteer for every other week or even one week in four.
Traditionally this slot has been chosen from Book 1 or Book 2 walks and the feeling is that it would be good to continue this.

The work involves choosing a walk - choosing a train time and posting it.
The posting team will be very happy to give the new poster/s support
To volunteer email saturdaywalkersATyahooDOTcoDOTuk (or post a comment if you have a question).

Meanwhile here is this weeks walk
Book 1 Walk 53 Wye Circular
18 Km (11.2 miles)
7 out of 10

map available here
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_53/map.shtml


Take the 09.22 from Victoria to Wye arriving at 11.09
or
St Pancras at 10.08 (Stratford Int 10.15) with a change at Ashford to also arrive at 11.09


Lunch
at The Compasses in Sole St ( http://www.thecompassescrundale.co.uk/ 01227700300 )
From the comments section
The menu is a mix of fairly gourmet mains at around £14-15, but also with a Ramblers Menu which includes huge doorstep sandwiches, nice soup, sausage and mash. They are very walker-friendly and urged us not to take our muddy boots off.
I just rang and they have tables available for next Saturday for lunch

Tea
at Kings Head or Crown Coffee in Wye
There is a new pub in Wye called the Barbers, which is a micro pub.

More info and directions here
https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_1/walk_53/index.shtml


Thank you Bridie for all your hard work posting walks.
anyone feel like getting a bit later train ?
Excuse me, I am a new joiner. What does toughness 7 out of 10 mean? Is this path suitable for hiking beginners? Do we need to use both of our hands and foots on any part of the path? Thanks.
No, no, no, nothing like that. None of our walks require the use of hands! It just means it has a few hills. Actually I am a bit puzzled why this is a 7 out of 10. It starts on the flat, has a fairly gently graded climb up onto the downs, and then is mainly flat or undulating all morning apart from one steep ish walk up a road to lunch. After lunch there is some ups and downs and then a descent to a valley and a finish along the bottom of that. I would say it is a very good walk for a beginner.
Yes Iwanted to get a later train but it will be very late now
Eliz parker, Sun 26 Jul 15, 17:08
Just thought that I'd let people know that there was a problem with the compass pub on this saturday's walk.the owner rang me to say that sat walkers were not welcome, as some walkers upset the staff! Not sure who.
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