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2 July, 2022


Walking in Kent - Stour Valley Walk

This 9KM by 9AM walk features a 3.5 mile stretch of the Stour Valley Walk between Chartham and Canterbury.

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The Walk

The walk starts in Chartham. I parked my car near the church in the village centre and headed off towards the Cathedral City of Canterbury.

The Stour Valley Walk is a recreational walking route that follows the River Stour, through the Low Weald and Kent Downs, from its source at Lenham to its estuary at Pegwell Bay.

The walk passes through some of Kent's finest landscapes, most important nature sites and most historic, unspoilt villages. The walk is signed with the logo of a heron, a bird occasionally seen in the area.

The 51.5 miles (82.9 km) route is of interest for its landscape and history, and for its archaeological, historical and architectural features.

The walk passes through a varied landscape of downland, woodland, orchards, hop gardens and farmland; lakes, dykes and marshland; unspoilt villages and hamlets, and historic towns.

The walk between takes you through Thanington Lakes and Hambrook Marshes. There is an abundance of wildlife en route, amazing landscapes and the majestic City of Canterbury.

Total elevation of the walk is 42.9 metres along a gravel path.


There is plenty of parking in Charing village

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Map of Route

Map My Ride Map attached showing route and elevation

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