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Environment: White Cliffs Countryside Partnership events - October 2013

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2013 - 12:55 PM

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White Cliffs Countryside Partnership invites you to join some autumn strolls in East Kent


PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE ATTENDING AN EVENT
Every care has been taken to ensure that the details given here were correct at the time of printing. You may wish to check with the leader by telephone before travelling, particularly when weather conditions are likely to be poor. The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership accepts no liability for any errors or omissions.


Please note that you attend an event at your own risk. Anyone suffering from a serious health condition is advised to check with their doctor before attending any event. Please inform the leader, in confidence, of any serious health condition at the start of an event. The White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Dover District Council and the sponsors accept no liability for any accident or loss.

OCTOBER 2013

Saturday 5th October 2.00pm
BARHAM, KINGSTON TO MARLEY
From Barham up the valley towards Marley using part of the disused Elham Valley Railway. Downhill to Covet Lane and then through woods using part of the Elham Valley Way back to Kingston. Children over 7 welcome. Suggested donation of £1 (to WCCP) appreciated. LEADER: Julia, Collyer’s Companions (01304 241806). MEET: Barham Church, Church Lane, off the Street, Barham CT4 6PB (TR 209 500). DISTANCE: 4 miles (2 hours). GRADE: 3. Dogs on leads.

Sunday 6th October 2.00pm
CYCLE RIDE: A FRUITY PEDAL ON THE MARSH
This is the last of the guided bike rides we have led on the Romney Marsh in 2013. Join a friendly bunch of cycling novices on an autumn guided tour. It does not matter what the autumn weather can throw at us, come along in lycra or woolly jumpers to pedal around some quiet rural lanes to discover the hedgerow harvest and the autumn colours. Children over 9 with accompanying adult welcome. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Owen Leyshon, Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership (01797 367934 or 07770 670316). MEET: Pay and Display car park (opposite Cinque Port Arms), West Street, off the High Street, New Romney (TR 063 247). DISTANCE: 11 miles (2.5 hours).

Saturday 12th October 2.00pm
BEKESBOURNE TOWARDS LITTLEBOURNE
A pleasant walk from Bekesbourne station through farmland and woodland towards Littlebourne and back. Please wear stout shoes and bring water to drink. Children over 7 welcome. Suggested donation of £1 (to WCCP) appreciated. LEADER: Rod & Mavis, Collyer’s Companions (01304 241806). MEET: Bekesbourne railway station (TR 190 560). DISTANCE: 4 miles (2 hours). GRADE: 3. Dogs on leads.

Sunday 13 October 10.30am
SHEPHERDSWELL TO BARFRESTONE WALK RETURNING BY HERITAGE TRAIN FROM EYTHORNE
From Shepherdswell station we will walk to Barfrestone to explore its famous Norman Church. Continuing to Eythorne station we will board the East Kent Light Railway 12.50 service (£3 per adult) back to Shepherdswell. There you can enjoy lunch at the Colonel Stephens Café and perhaps take one of the nature trails in the woodlands. Please note morning start time. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. Please bring money for train fare. LEADER: Stuart Cowan for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 832358). MEET: Shepherdswell EKLR car park (TR 257 482). DISTANCE: 3.7 miles (2.5 hours). GRADE: 3 (some stiles, sometimes muddy after heavy rain)

Saturday 19th October 2.00pm
GREAT MONGEHAM TO RIPPLE
Join our friendly group on a circular walk from Great Mongeham to Ripple Church. Children over 7 welcome. Suggested donation of £1 (to WCCP) appreciated. LEADER: Diane, Collyer's Companions (01304 241806). MEET: Mongeham Village Hall, Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham (TR 354 518). DISTANCE: 4 miles (2 hours). GRADE: 3. Dogs on leads.

Saturday 19th October 10am – 5pm
WESTERN HEIGHTS OPEN WEEKEND
Discover Dover’s hidden secret – you’d be a fool to miss it! The Drop Redoubt will be open to visitors, as will the Grand Shaft. Re-enactors will be on site to make the weekend come alive. There’s lots to see and do, so don’t miss out on a fantastic weekend. Sturdy footwear recommended as there are many stairs and uneven surfaces throughout. CHARGE: Entrance to Drop Redoubt £4 per adult, accompanied children free. There is no charge for the Grand Shaft. LEADER: Western Heights Preservation Society (www.doverwesternheights.org) or (01304 205108 – Dover Visitor Information Centre). MEET: Drop Redoubt Road, Dover CT17 9DY. (Walk to the site following the signs from the town, use the Grand Shaft staircase (Snargate Street) or limited parking at St. Martin’s Battery car park).

Sunday 20th October 10am – 5pm
WESTERN HEIGHTS OPEN WEEKEND
Please see 19th October for details.

Sunday 20th October 2.00pm
FUNGUS FORAY AT LYMINGE FOREST
Join a walk around the woodlands of Lyminge Forest in search of, and to learn all about, fungi with fungi expert Martin Newcombe. No experience necessary. Donation appreciated. LEADER: Martin Newcombe for White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 01233 720229). MEET: Car park, West Wood, Lyminge Forest, Lyminge, near Folkestone (TR 141 439). Driving along Stone Street (B2068) towards Canterbury, turn right at Six Mile Garage and you will find the car park on your right hand side about 800 metres along the country lane. DISTANCE: 3 1 miles (2 hours). GRADE: 2

Sunday 20th October 2.00pm
SOUTH FORELAND AT WAR
This is a special walk for anyone interested in the military structures at South Foreland Valley who is interested in joining the South Foreland working group. We will walk around the structures to pool our knowledge of the structures and to discuss how they should be managed to preserve the historical structures and their wildlife interest yet at the same time maintain the safety of the public. Please bring any information or old photographs you may have. Please note that we will not be going underground. LEADER: Kirk Alexander, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 07885 599182). MEET: Outside Magazine for No 2 & 3 guns, Seaview Road, St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, near Dover (TR 358 437). DISTANCE: 1 mile (2 hours). GRADE: 2


GREEN GANG / KENT COASTAL WEEK (26th October – 3rd November)
A special programme of activities for children and their families are organised during the school holidays. The full programme can be found in the free Green Gang magazine, which is available from local libraries, local Tourist Information Centres or from WCCP (01304 241806). Please note that children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.

Saturday 26th October 11.00am (please put these 3 following events into a box)
An illustrated talk and exhibition about the history and wildlife of the special coast between Dover and Folkestone, how it has evolved and continues to change to this day. Come along and find out how you can help protect and enhance one of Britain’s most important wildlife sites. Free but donation appreciated. LEADER: Kirk Alexander, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 07885 599182). MEET: Little Switzerland café, Wear Bay Road, The Warren, Folkestone CT19 6PS. DURATION: 1.5 hours + time for the exhibition of old photos.

Saturday 26th October 12.00noon – 4.00pm
HAVE A GO AT VOLUNTEERING AT FOLKESTONE WARREN
Everyone is invited to come and have a go at the conservation work carried out by volunteers at Folkestone Warren. There will be a chance to find out more about, and try your hand, at step building, grass cutting and tree felling with traditional hand tools. LEADER: White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806). MEET: Little Switzerland camp site, off Wear Bay Road, Folkestone CT19 6PS (TR 242 377).

Saturday 26th October 2.00pm
A WALK THROUGH THE EVER CHANGING WARREN
A gentle afternoon walk through the dramatic landscape of the Folkestone Warren, part of the world famous white cliffs, to find out more about the ever changing history and wildlife of one of Britain’s most important wildlife sites. Please bring your old photos and old stories about The Warren. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. LEADER: Kirk Alexander, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 241806 or 07885 599182). MEET: Little Switzerland campsite, Wear Bay Road, The Warren, Folkestone CT19 6PS (TR 242 377). DISTANCE: 5 miles (3 hours). GRADE: 4 (steps)

Saturday 26th October 2.00pm
NORTHBOURNE TO BETTESHANGER
Taking the White Cliffs Country Trail through Finglesham and returning via Betteshanger. Children over 7 welcome. Please bring water to drink. Suggested donation of £1 (to WCCP) appreciated. LEADER: Bernadette, Collyer’s Companions (01304 241806). MEET: St. Augustine’s Church, The Drove, Northbourne (TR 334 523). DISTANCE: 5.25 miles (3 hours). GRADE: 3. Dogs on leads.

Clocks go back

Sunday 27th October 1.30pm
ICE AGES, EARTHQUAKES AND MEGAFLOOD - HOW THE DOVER STRAITS WERE FORMED
Join a walk around the Western Heights and part of the Heritage Coast, to stop and hear about the landbridge that joined us to France; animals of the Ice Age, the tundra landscape; earthquakes and the megaflood that created the English Channel that we know today. There may be spectacular views across the white cliffs of Dover, over the sea of the Dover Straits, to the White Cliffs of France'. Bring your binoculars if you have some. It’s a stunning view! Donation appreciated. LEADER: Melanie Wrigley, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (07880 706990). MEET: St. Martin's Battery car park, South Military Road, Western Heights, Dover (TR 314 407). DISTANCE: 1.5 - 2 miles (1.5 - 2 hours). GRADE: 4

Wednesday 30th October 2.00pm
HISTORY OF SAMPHIRE HOE
Learn all about this ‘newest piece of England’. How it was the location of the first coal mine in Kent, the first Channel Tunnel attempt in 1881, and how this once industrial coastal landscape has been colonised by nature. Donation appreciated. LEADER: White Cliffs Countryside Partnership (01304 225649). MEET: Site management office, Samphire Hoe, CT17 9FL (pay and display car park). The Hoe is sign-posted off the A20 from Dover to Folkestone. DISTANCE: 1 mile (1.5 hours). GRADE: 2. Dogs on leads.




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