Wye to Chilham
Morning leg of Book 1 Walk 53, and afternoon leg of SWC 138
Length: 17.7 km (11 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 Either
London St Pancras
: 10-08 hrs Margate service
Arrive Ashford International
: 10-46 hrs. Change trains
Leave Ashford International
: 11-05 hrs Canterbury West service
: 11-11 hrs or
- for South Londoners
: 09-25 hrs Canterbury West service (as above) Bromley South: 09-42 hrs
: 11-11 hrs Return
to St Pancras
: 17-13 (change at Ashford International -AI), 18-13 (AI), 18-44 (AI), 18-46 hrs (change at Canterbury West) Chilham
: 16-13, 17-13 and 18-13 hrs Rail ticket
: buy a day return to Chilham
This mix-and-match walk takes - arguably - the best legs of two walks which, when put together, should give you a delightful walk.
The morning leg is the Book 1, Walk 53 - Wye Circular walk, which takes you up onto the Crundale Downs, then down to the Church of St Mary in the village of Crundale, before you head back uphill, steeply, on quiet roads to the village of Sole Street
. You might
be lucky and manage to obtain lunch at the gourmet lunch pub, the Compasses Inn
(01227-700300) but you usually have to book in advance. Best bring a picnic, and have a beer in the pub.
The afternoon leg follows the homeward leg of SWC 138 through woods and valleys - with some stunning views - then through Godmersham Park and on to Chilham,
for tea at cosy Shelly's Tea Room.
It's then a fifteen minute walk to Chilham railway station for your journey home.
Walk Directions: here for the Book One walk. L=1.53 Here
for the afternoon leg of your walk