GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stour Valley Walk

51 miles (82 km)

Follow the River Stour from its source near Lenham to the estuary at Pegwell Bay on the Kent coast. You will pass through a varied landscape of downland, woodland, orchards, farmland, lakes, dykes and marshland. The route also passes through many of Kent's finest unspoilt villages, hamlets and historic towns.
The walk beings at the village of Lenham and heads towards Ashford via Little Chart, Great Chart and Pluckley. From Ashford you turn north towards historic Canterbury with its magnificent cathedral. This section takes you through the delightful village of Chilham which includes a pretty lake with a beautiful 5-storey watermill and an inhabited Norman Keep thought to be one of the oldest dwellings in the UK.
The next section then leads to Sandwich passing the attractive Westbere Lakes and Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve as you go.
The final section then takes you from Sandwich to the delightful Pegwell Bay on the Stour Estuary.

Stour Valley Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stour Valley Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

At the start/end of the walk in Lenham there's The Dog and Bull for a pre or post walk drink. It was originally built in 1602 and visited by Queen Anne in 1704 - her coat of arms is still displayed above the door today. They serve fine food and have a pleasant courtyard garden for the summer months. You can find them on the Square at postcode ME17 2PG for your sat navs.. The worthy settlement is also worth exploring with a pretty square and a historic high street with a number of listed buildings. There's also a Grade I listed Tithe Barn and a notable 14th century church to investigate.
The King's Arms in Sandwich is another historic pub of some note, dating back to the 1580s. Elizabeth I visited Sandwich in 1573 and stayed opposite the inn at Kings Lodgings, built for her father, Henry VIII. The depiction of Pan on the corner of the building was carved during Elizabeth's reign and is dated 1592. The ancient building has a charming interior with a splendid fireplace. Outside there's a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them on Strand Street at postcode CT13 9HN for your sat navs. The town is also worth exploring with a number of medieval buildings to admire.

Photos

The Stour Valley Walk and the Great Stour - geograph.org.uk - 794850

The Stour Valley Walk and the Great Stour near Wye

Stour Valley Walk - geograph.org.uk - 535131

Approaching Chartham. The Great Stour is to the right concealed by the foliage on the raised bank. I'm not sure what the structure ahead is but looks like something used to convey gravel or other such materials.

Stile on the Stour Valley Walk - geograph.org.uk - 1602178

Stile on the Stour Valley Walk. The long distance path heads through the Godinton Estate towards Worten Mill.

Looking East along the Stour Valley Walk and River Stour - geograph.org.uk - 460929

Near Upstreet

Tonford Manor from the Stour Valley Walk - geograph.org.uk - 780798

Tonford Manor, on the route between Canterbury and Chartham. King Henry VIII stayed here with Catherine of Aragon for 3 days. The present house is built into the old walls of the former 15th century house.

Part of Fordwich lakes from the Stour Valley Walk - geograph.org.uk - 465140

Part of Fordwich lakes from the Stour Valley Walk

The Greensand Way and Stour Valley Path meet near Hothfield Common - geograph.org.uk - 1601828

The Greensand Way andStour Valley Walkmeet near Hothfield Common. Here the trail meets with the Greensand Way (long distance path from Hothfield, along the hedge). Both paths head through a horse's paddock beside Cobb Cottage, towards the heathland nature reserve.

Barbican Gate, Sandwich - geograph.org.uk - 2650725

Barbican Gate, Sandwich. The Barbicandates from the 14th century and stands at the end of the bridge over theRiver Stourwhere it was used as atoll house. The nearby Fisher Gate on the quay dates from 1384, and has been scheduled as anAncient Monument.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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