WALKS DIARY 2018

PLEASE NOTE: We always welcome friends and family but please note only Darent Cray Association members are covered by National Trust lnsurance. Anyone not covered will walk at their own risk. All routes are walked in advance to ensure that we walk as safely as possible.

We appreciate a minimum donation of £2 per person. Your generosity will go towards the Trust's Neptune Coastline Campaign.


PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU WEAR SUITABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ON ALL WALKS. WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU CARRY AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER.

Please Note:  

All walkers planning to join one of these walks should contact Rosemary or Geoff to confirm their probable attendance at least 3 days in advance of a walk. 

This will ensure that walkers can be contacted in order to advise them of walk cancellation e.g. in the event of bad weather or insufficient support to make the walk viable.

Email:  geoff.r.webdale@googlemail.com                                                 Home Tel: 01322 442856

Rosemary’s Mobile: 07990 951588                                        Geoff’s Mobile: 07741 495243

Sunday 29th July    A walk From Lullingstone Country Park Visitors Centre       (EASY WALK with some hills)       

Start time: 10.30 am                                                                                                Distance:  4.0 miles

Rosemary & Geoff will be leading this walk starting from the car park at the Visitors Centre (note there is a parking fee of £2.50 at weekends). The park is well signed off of the A225 a mile south of Eynsford and then down Castle lane for 0.5m. 

We start our walk beside the river Darent to Lullingstone Castle taking a circular route through the Country Park and its woodlands back to the visitor centre. The terrain is undulating with one uphill section early on in the walk.

There are toilets and refreshments before & after the walk at the Visitors Centre. 

Tuesday 21st August    A Walk through Joydens Wood                                            (SHORT WALK)       

Walk Start Time: 10:45 am                               Distance: Approximately 2.5 - 3     
miles


Join Angela and Richard at Birchwood Golf Course (Birchwood Rd, DA2 7HJ) for a walk starting at 10:45 outside the Kelvedon Suite entrance, or at 09:30 in the club house for a pre-walk coffee or breakfast. This will be a leisurely walk and we will see evidence of Saxon defences, dene holes and a tree sculpture of a Hawker Hurricane which commemorates pilot Ian James Muirhead. We will also enjoy the ancient wood’s different habitats which include beautiful heathland. There are toilets in the clubhouse at the start of the walk.


Wednesday 26th September   A Walk around the Isle of Dogs to Mudchute City Farm   (SHORT WALK)        Start time: 11:00                                                            Distance:  Approximately 3 Miles

This walk will be led by Angela and Pam. Meet outside Island Gardens DLR station for a walk taking in a section of the Thames riverside (where we hope to have a coffee stop overlooking the Thames) and Mudchute City Farm. On our way we will pass the spot where Brunel’s Great Eastern was launched and see beautiful Victorian houses.  We will then proceed to Mudchute City farm. This takes its name from the chutes used to carry mud and soil away when the Millwall docks were excavated and is one of several city farms where livestock and animals are kept in inner city locations.


We can stop here for a coffee / lunch break.  We will then walk back to the Thames riverside path and return to Island Gardens DLR station through the gardens of the same name. There is a further opportunity for refreshments in the park cafe in Island Gardens.

You will be amazed at the feel of being in country side on this city walk that will be taken at a leisurely pace.

For those travelling by train it is possible (and potentially cheaper) to catch the train to Greenwich station and walk under the river using the foot tunnel which starts alongside the Cutty Sark. The foot tunnel comes up close by Island Gardens station.

There are no toilet facilities at Island Gardens, so you may wish to use the toilet facilities in Greenwich before crossing the river.


Sunday 28th October  A Walk from Knole Park                     (MEDIUM WALK with two steep climbs)       

Start time: 10:30                                                                             Distance:  Approximately 5 Miles


Peter and Anne will be leading this walk. We will meet in the Car Park at Knole Park (Toilets available). We will then walk through the park and on to One Tree Hill returning via Carters Hill.










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