Pilgrimage to Dreamland (linear)

Sat 28th May 2016

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATED 10/5/16 with further details of route and lunch arrangements
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
22.5ml.
Start Time
09.08
Route
Meet Canterbury West stn (08.12 London St Pancras (direct); finish: Margate stn (regular trains back to St Pancras). Buy return to Margate.

Details:

In the morning leave Canterbury via the Stour Valley Walk, passing through Fordwich village and woodland before traversing at Stodmarsh (al-fresco refreshment stop) to Wickhambreaux village and the Little Stour, hence via more woods and farms to lunch in Preston (Half Moon and Seven Stars - no frills, but substantial).

Afternoon route takes us across farmland and through orchards to Plucks Gutter, then along the banks of the River Stour and fields to afternoon refreshment in Minster (either the Bell or the New Inn), continuing across northern Thanet to a beachside finish in Margate (unfortunately - unless hours are extended - the Dreamland Scenic Railway stops operating about 30 minutes before we arrive; Wetherspoons will be open)

General Notes
Not only do we get to retrace the steps of the monks and pilgrims seeking entertainment after a hard week at the Cathedral, the walk also has history because Preston enjoyed Dick's residence for much of his first ten years (and, in parts, hasn't much changed). And there's also something of a surprise along the way. We may get to meet some cows and sheep, so Fido had best not come (unless really well behaved). There's a GPX of the approximate route and a few photos at walks.dickbowman.com
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Walk Report

Pilgrimage to Dreamland (Canterbury to Margate), Saturday 28th May 2016
8 walkers, 21.6 miles - leader Dick Bowman
8 starters and 7 finishers for this never-to-be-repeated traverse of the varied countryside of Thanet.
The morning spent mostly in the woodlands along the Stour Valley Path, passing through the villages of Fordwich and Wickhambreaux (the latter a shining example of car ownership leading to environmental ruination), admiring three jolly piglets and the industrialised strawberry factory along with the steam and traction engine collection at Preston Court Farm before a lunch stop in Preston.
Afternoon with completely different landscape, first through orchard to recross the Stour Valley Path and continue making our way to Margate along the banks of the Stour. Final refreshment stop in Minster before crossing the Thanet Prairies to finally drop down into Birchington and along the beachside to Dreamland (arriving exactly one minute after the rides stopped, and our leader having failed to negotiate an LDWA Late Opening).
Then the Low Speed Train (at the High Speed fare) back along the North Kent coast.
Observations:
These Kent villages seem to have been able to retain at least a few amenities by way of pub, shop and school.
Our leader can't tell the difference between a stoat and a scrawny squirrel.
If bluebells are your thing, then the Canterbury-Preston stretch is highly recommended in late April (and for misty woods, try it in October).
Margate closes at 5pm on Bank Holiday Saturday.
Photographs by Dick Bowman

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