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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wednesday Walk: Chilham Circular - a climb into the Kentish Downs and a descent to two historic houses

SWC 138 - Chilham Circular

Length: 15.6 km  (9.7 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

Either
London St Pancras: 10-08 hrs    Margate service
Arrive Ashford International: 10-46 hrs
Leave Ashford International: 11-05 hrs   Canterbury West service
Arrive Chilham:  11-17 hrs

Or
London Charing Cross: 09-40 hrs     Dover Priory service
Arrive Ashford International: 11-00 hrs
Leave Ashford International:  11-05 hrs     Canterbury West service, as above
Arrive Chilham:  11-17 hrs

Return:  14 mins past the hour, changing at Ashford International for St Pancras or Victoria

Today's walk takes us into the Kentish Downs, with the River Stour as our water feature for the day. The start shares the Book 1 Walk, Chilham to Canterbury before we join the Stour Valley Way , with a fine view of Chilham Castle below us.
Lunch is at the gourmet Compasses Inn, in Sole Street, Crundale. The food is pricey but  usually excellent: a bit of a treat. The chef has won several awards in recent years. I have booked a table for four for 1 pm: I will 'phone actual numbers from Chilham station. But best bring a sandwich (NOT for eating on the pub's premises) just in case the pub cannot accommodate more of us: it will if it can but its owners have forewarned they tend to get booked up on Wednesday lunchtime. 
After lunch (we need to be away circa 2-15 pm) we wend our way through woodland and through Godmersham Park back to Chilham, for tea at Shelly's Tea Room or a tincture at the White Horse pub.
Suitably refreshed at walk end, we have a short walk in the dark from Chilham Village to Chilham railway station for our train home.
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