2 friends and the coast to coast walk

Our second proper training walk! by gleavem
November 19, 2007, 9:19 pm
Filed under: training, Uncategorized

Spurred on by the success of our first proper training walk, and feeling the need to begin to practice navigation and route planning, we decided to walk from Ramsgate to Canterbury – our longest walk to date! We purchased the appropriate OS map, plotted our route, gathered our walking gear, skipped our lay-in Saturday morning lay-in and set off for Canterbury at 9am.

We’d estimated that it was about 17 miles, and confidently thought we’d whizz through it and make it to Canterbury in time for a mooch around the shops…as you’ll see, we were a little optimistic!

Ramsgate Harbour

From Ramsgate harbour the walk started with a nice stroll along the cliff top; views of France in the far distance! We turned inland at Cliffsend and followed the railway to Minster (in places quite a disappointing path, in a sort of ditch between track and farmland). West of Minster we headed south to meet the River Stour, and followed the river to Plucks Gutter, where we considered stopping for lunch, but decided to press on.
The Three Cooling Towers Eventually the damn chimneys dissapeared from view, which had been making us feel like we weren’t getting anywhere! We crossed the river to join the Saxon Shore Way, linking up with the Stour Valley Walk, as we headed towards Grove Ferry. Here we stopped for a well-deserved break and some lunch – delicious sandwiches at the Grove Ferry Inn. We made it to GF about 1pm, and realised we were unlikely to make it to Canterbury anytime soon! Consequently we made a plan to get to Fordwich, see how the light was holding out and then decide whether to continue to Canterbury or hop on the train home at Sturry.

Some Mushrooms

We continued to follow the Stour Valley Walk through Stodmarsh and some nice woods where I developed an interest in fungi. I just kept spotting mushrooms and found myself very curious as to which were edible…anyone any ideas on these?
The end of the walkWe eventually reached Fordwich a little before 4pm, so decided to pick up our pace and hop on the 4 o’clock train home…light was fading, feet a little sore, and we were going out for dinner at 7 (which as you can see from Sid’s earlier post we well deserved – 2984 cals? my word!) I must say it was a little disheartening that a journey which took us 6hours to walk, took about 15mins on the train! But all the same we felt very pleased with ourselves, and can’t wait for our next walk!



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My son loves the Stour Valley – he and his freind did Sandwich to Canterbury last year in the middle of the summer. I dropped them off to start at 7am and picked them up about 5pm. They were very hot and very tired. They loved it though – hardly saw a soul all day

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It was pretty cool. We picked a fairly windy day and it was a little bleak. I can imagine it’ll be great on a summers day. We’ll definitely be doing it again when the day is a little longer so that we don’t need to rush at the end. We were thinking of doing it the other way too. Or maybe we’ll just do the Stour Valley walk and finish off the walk in a Sandwich pub. So many options! 🙂

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[…] exercise, training, weather You may remember that a few months ago we attempted to walk from Ramsgate to Canterbury…we nearly made it, but stopped a few miles short at Sturry. This weekend we tried again and […]

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