Elham Valley Walking Festival

Head of the Valley Panorama. Great panoramic views towards the Channel coast and across the Elham Valley, with local history and features described along the way.

Head of the Valley Panorama

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Sunday 3 June 2018 :Photos by Nigel Cussans
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Sunday 3 June 2018 :Photos by Les Preston
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Sunday 3 June 2018 :Photos by Rob Riddle

Elham Valley Walking Festival

Old Bladbean Stud Gardens. Wander along the western slopes of our rolling valley through the changing landscaapes that inspired the layout and planting of these exquisite gardens. Explore the gardens guided by their creator, Carol Bruce. The stroll back down the lanes to Elham

Old Bladbean Stud Gardens

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Sunday 3 June 2018 :Photos by Nigel Cussans

Cinque Ports 100 Long Distance Walk

The Cinque Ports 100 is a walk organised by The Long Distance Walkers Association which takes place over a weekend in May. The White Cliffs Ramblers shown here helping to organise and run the walk are proud to assist this Annual unique walking event. Long may it continue!

Cinque Ports 100 Long Distance Walk

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26th to 28th May 2018 :Photos by Les Preston
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Northbourne Checkpoint :Photos by Bev Cussans

Adra Walk

I lead a walk every year (first Thursday in May) for the ADRA group from Dunkirk. A few years ago we stopped at the St Crispin Inn Worth and a French lady Annie Tomasek sketched the pub and later sent me the watercolour. I kept it for a few years and 2 Sundays ago presented it to the publican Mr Jason Blown. The picture plus write up was in the Mercury.Ted Roche

ADRA Walk

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1st Thursday May 2018

Carers Walk

Carers Walk held on Friday 27th October 2017

Carers Walk

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Friday 27 October 2017: Carers Walk: Les Preston

Carers Walk

Carers Walk held on Friday 26th May 2017

Carers Walk

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Friday 26 May 2017: Carers Walk: Les Preston

Navigation Course

Annaul Navigation Course, organised by the White Cliffs Ramblers, held on the 20th May 2017

Navigation Course

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20 May 2017: Annual Navigation Course: Les Preston

French Walk

A link with the ADRA (Dunkirk) group was established eight years ago in 2009 when it was felt that as the nearest RA group to France White Cliffs should have some connection with a French walking group.

Thus on May 7th of that year 'yours truly' led a walk for 50 French ramblers and around a dozen White Cliffs members to the "Cat and Custard Pot" where the laws of mathematics were seriously tested as to how one can accommodate such a large number of people in such a confined space. Somehow it was achieved. .

It has now become a regular event every year, taking place on the first Thursday in May, and this year pride of place was given to "The Black Robin" which hosted 45 French visitors enjoying a 10 mile fig 8 walk and an excellent two course lunch. We are already considering possible venues for 2018.

ADRA, by the way, is not just a walking group but offers its thousand or so members numerous activities and classes more along the lines of U3A. It originated in the 1970's when the ship yard in Dunkirk closed down and a large number of people, many around retirement age, were looking to fill the void. In English ADRA stands for "Dunkirk Association for the Active Retired."

Hosted by the White Cliffs Ramblers

French Walk

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The ADRA walk from Kingston to Kingston with lunch at The Black Robin

Curling Event

16 WCR Members visited Fenton's Curling rink, near Tunbridge Wells, on 15-March-2017. This is the only UK rink outside Scotland.

We had 4 teams of 4 and, after an enjoyable lunch, saw a short safety video and took coaching instructions about how to play the Olympic sport of Curling.

We were on the ice for 2 hours and all 4 teams played each other at least once.

A range of skills were evident!

Everyone enjoyed casting the Curling stones; not sure about the sweeping!

Curling Event

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Viewing room gathering before the event... a well stocked bar
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Getting ready for instruction...Jerry looking anxious as Bev & Dave approach...Wallace adopts a perfect curling stance
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Sweepers poised for action... Len & John hard sweeping action... but he couldn't beat the blue stone
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Margaret & Jane willing the stone over the line & onto the target... John was happy with that effort
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Margaret demos the Chairman's thrust... Eager anticipation
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Len weighs up the score... Have we won yet?

5 Churches Walk

The first Five Church Walk was on 29th April 1984 on an initiative by Molash church parishioners to raise funds for its restoration inviting Chilham, Challock, Boughton Aluph & Godmersham, to join in organizing a sponsored walk. A 24 page A4 size guide (price 25p) provided church & route descriptions plus marked-up O.S. maps, (part was very different from today). So successful was it that a year or so later it became an annual event for all comers on the May Day Bank Holiday.

Apart from the guide book being replaced by putting up red dayglow arrows where required along the way the registration & checking in procedure has remained virtually unchanged. In the earlier years the services of the Raynet amateur radio organization set up masts at each church to radio number details of each walker as they arrived, the idea being that anybody well overdue could be searched for. In fact it gave Raynet good practice for a Cold War disaster; nowadays we have mobile phones, so we're able to make the procedures less demanding.

The Pilgrims Hospices & Kent Air Ambulance also were added for people who wish to support secular charities. Together they now account for about a third of the total distributed, with the rest split among the churches (who also benefit from sales of refreshments to several hundred hungry walkers).

5 Churches Walk

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Walking the Five Churches path and enjoying the hospitality

Banksy in Dover

Make a pilgrimage to see Dover's Banksy on Townwall Street. We expect the painting to be in situ till August when the White Cliffs Walking Festival will take place. You can photograph yourself by the ladder.

Banksy in Dover

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Pilgrimage to the Banksy Mural in Townwall Street Cover
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