Walking more, whether it's for work or leisure, is an easy way of being more active without trying too hard. Setting yourself a target of walking 10,000 steps a day can be a fun way of increasing the amount of physical activity you do. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart.

OHSCA members and friends are invited to join our Towards 10,000 Steps group which meets every Wednesday morning, at Kent & Canterbury Hospital gates opposite Cromwell Road, at 9.30am and walks moderately briskly for about one hour. The walks often include the open areas of Ridlands Farm and what is expected to become Mountfield Park – enjoy them before they are turned to bricks and mortar!

Towards 10,000 on footpath to Stuppington Lane orchards, 5th April 2017

WALKING GROUP - Notes from Tim Carlyle


SCRA had a regular programme of walks and it is planned to do something similar for OHSCA in 2017.

The 2016 walks were:

A joint walk early in the year with OHDS explored a cold and windy Old Dover Rd but was very successful, using the Local History Group Guide to the street, which Mike Brain kindly explained to us on site. The long and varied process of the development of the street, with its numerous chalk pits and wooded parks has created one of the most varied roads in Canterbury.

Our misty moisty Stour Valley walk from Wye climbed up hill to Kings Woods and some sunken lanes, to even denser fog, before descending to walk back along the river meadows where the fog finally cleared. The fact that the Tickled Trout was so popular we couldn’t get lunch was a mild frustration, but did not diminish the sense of achievement.

Our initially sodden April walk in Chilham, passed along Mountain Street with half timbered houses below the Chilham Castle grounds to climb another hollow lane to a different part of Kings Wood, where we discovered the first of the seasons bluebells. The anemones were still out, with masses of primroses on the woodland edge, plenty of celandines, and Herb Robert and trees just breaking bud.

In June we did the Dover Patrol walk, starting from BlueBird Café and walking from there down to St Margarets Bay and then on up to the South Foreland lighthouse, and back followed by a descent to Dover. Great views!

The programme concluded in July with a walk and picnic on the Wye Downs.


Any walks arranged for 2017 will be announced by email to Members and listed on this website.

The first walk of 2017 took place on Saturday 22nd April, when ten hardy souls joined Tim to walk from Stuppington Lane across Ridlands Farm to Nackington Church (mementoes of the Mount family, as in Mountfield Park) and on through Whitehill Wood to The Granville on Stone Street. After the drizzle stopped, and issues surrounding Ridlands and the Rugby Club had been discussed and the church visited, many wild flowers, including a stunning show of bluebells, were greatly enjoyed on the woodland approach to Lower Hardres. Needless to say a few beers were also on the menu before return by bus or car. Tim was warmly thanked – and congratulated for a really memorable walk. DVW.

Bluebells in Whitehill Wood

Mostly blue walkers in Whitehill Wood, 22nd April 2017