This evening Jane emailed through an outline plan for Belgium, so for anyone who would like to join us for the whole walk, or for the European side of the journey, here we go – the combined UK and Belgium routes. Both countries well known for their beer! Well, we have to replenish our carbs somehow…
Day 1 Friday 20th November 2009
About 14 miles (5 from Big Ben to Limehouse Basin, 2.5 to the Foot Tunnel, 5 to Eltham, 2 to Sunridge Park)
10.00 am Big Ben London – meet with the media
10.30 start walk – head East along the Thames Path on the Northern side of the river
12.30 Limehouse Basin
1.15 Northern entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel
1.30 Southern entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel then walk south through Greenwich Park, Blackheath, cross the A2 and turn to the east along Shooters Hill until turning south into Kidbrooke Grove. Take first east into Westbrook Road and continue until the T junction with Rochester Way. Turn south down Rochester Way and continue along, over the A2 until Bridbook Road. Turn down Bridbrook Road (south/south/west) and continue under the A2 and into Eltham Green Road (south). Continue southward until the A210, Eltham Road, cross the road, and cross Westhorne Avenue, turn eastward to the major roundabout and pick up Middle Park Avenue. Continue down Middle Park Avenue until the junction with Eltham Palace Road, turn east, continue until Eltham Palace and the grounds are in front of you and pick up St John’s Walk.
3.00 Pick up St John’s Walk at Eltham Palace and follow to Mottingham, picking up the Green Chain Walk.
At Elmstead Wood leave the Green Chain Walk and walk through to Sunridge Park and the Sunridge Park Hotel
Day 1 Accommodation: Sunridge Park Hotel
Day 2 Saturday 21st November
Approximately 16 miles (10 to Eynsford and then 6 to South Street)
8.30 start from Sunridge Park Hotel – walk north/east to pick up the Green Chain Walk at the edge of Elmstead Wood. Walk through Chislehurst west to Chislehurst Common.
9.15 Chisltehurst Common then through the edge of Park Wood and into St Paul’s Cray. Cross the River Cray at Brooks Way, and pick up the footpath that joins to Chapmans Lane between Cray Valley Golf Club and Pauls Cray Hill Park which links to Hockenden.
From Hockenden take the eastern bridlepath and then footpath across the fields along the side of Bourne Wood crossing the railway by the footbridge and continuing until picking up the back road into Crockenhill
11.30 Centre of Crockenhill, follow the Church Road southwards and then turn east down Harvest Way and pick up the footpath at the end of the road and continue until the M25, turn south east and follow the footpath along until the subway under the motorway, continue along the path the other side, connecting up to a track that takes you through Hulberry Farm and then pick up the Darent Valley Path, traverse the railway line and into Eynesford.
12.30 Eynsford Pub: The Malt Shovel Inn
1.00 From Eynsford to in a northerly direction along the A225 until a small turning to the right signposted Prior Lane, take that and pick up the bridleway across the fields, pick up Donkey Lane, cross the A20 and continue on the footpath to Gabrielspring Wood. Turn left towards the M20 and follow the path to the footbridge across the motorway. Once over the motorway take the path straight ahead to the wood, entering the wood and then turning right after a short distance. This track follows down to Speedgate Farm and the road. Turn right at the road, continue straight across at the cross roads with Oak Racing Kennels to your left, picking up a path at the edge of the kennels to the left. Follow that to the embankment of the M20 and in front there should be a junction with one road going under the motorway and another going away in front of you, Brands Hatch Road. Follow the road along, taking the left hand branch and crossing straight over at the cross roads towards Ash. At the T juncion to New Ash Green take the footpath straight ahead, joining a road again as you go past Ash Place Farm to pick up a bridleway to White Ash Wood. Half way through the wood take the right hand path going east, cross the road picking up the path on the opposite side which takes you south eastward past another wood, picking up a track and into Ridley. In Ridley turn left on the road and then right at the junction along Bunkers Hill towards South Street. Continue along this road for about half a mile going straight across at the cross roads until you come into South Street.
Day 2 Accommodation: Beechfield B&B, South Street
Day 3 Sunday 22nd November
Approximately 14.5 miles (About 5.5 to Medway Bridge, then 9 miles to Thurnham)
9.00am start from South Street. Follow Heron Hill eastward until just after the end of the village where there is a confusion of footpaths and bridlepaths. Where the land bends to the left take the footpath to the south, then after a very short distance there should be a branch that goes south easterly over a field towards Harvel. Take this and go into Harvel Village, turn left at the road then right at the cross roads and continue out of the village, past a road to the left and shortly after this there should be a track/footpath to the left which goes to Little Delmar Farm. Take this track and at Little Delmar Farm you pick up the Wealdway. Cross the road and continue southward on the Wealdway, through Lie Wood, Luson Wood and to Lockyers Hill where you pick up the road. At the triangle road junction take the footpath to the east, and continue eastward through a wood, at this junction you should meet up with the North Downs Way which is coming up from the south.
About 2.00pm passing through Kits Coty and briefly resting at Kits Coty Brassier on the Old Chatham Road.
Day 3 Accommodation: Black Horse Inn, Pilgrims Way, Thurnham
Day 4 Monday 23rd November
About 18 miles
8.30am start from the Black Horse, going North to pick up the North Downs Way again.
North Downs Way via Hollingbourne, Harrietsham, Charing (possibly stopping here for a brief rest), Dunn Street, Boughton Lees to Wye.
Day 4 Accommodation: Wye (Wife Of Bath Inn or Kings Head)
Day 5 Tuesday 24th November
Longest day: just over 20 miles
8.30am start, prompt!! Wye to Etchinghill, past the Channel Tunnel Terminal, Folkestone, Capel-le Ferne and into Dover.
Day 5 Accommodation: Dover with ferry crossing to Calais on the morning of Day 6 (Wednesday 25th November)
Day 6 (Wednesday 25th) (@10 miles)
Ferry from Dover to Calais. Foot passengers book in 45 minutes ahead of crossing, P&O crossing takes 90 minutes. 9.15am sailing arrives 11.45 (cost on 5th Nov: £14.00 per adult)
12.00 start walking: Calais to Marck
Accommodation: Le manoir du meldick
2528, Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 62730 Marck, Pas-de-Calais, France 03 21 85 74 34
Day 7 (Thursday 26th) (@20 miles)
Marck to Dunkerque
Day 8 (Friday 27th) (@20 miles)
Dunkerque to Neuiwpoort
Day 9 (Saturday 28th) (@ 18 miles)
Neuiwpoort to Diksmuide
Day 10 (Sunday 29th) (about 18 miles)
Diksmuide to Ruddervoorde
Accommodation: Domein Leegendael domeinleegendael.be
8020 Ruddervoorde, Oostkamp, Belgium 050 67 96
Day 11 (Monday 30th) (about 18 miles)
Ruddervoorde to Lotenhulle
Accommodation: Lomolen B&B lomolenlogies.be
9880 Lotenhulle, Aalter, Belgium 09 371 95 15
Day 12 (Tuesday 1st December) (about 20 miles)
Lotenhulle to Ghent
Day 13 (Wednesday 2nd) (about 18 miles)
Ghent to Appels
Accommodation: ets Jerry Pierre
9200 Dendermonde, Belgium 052 21 14 07
Day 14 (Thursday 3rd) (about 18 miles)
Appels to Mollem
Accommodation: B&B Kezenestje kezenestje.be
1730 Mollem, Asse, Belgium 02 452 76 59
Peeters / B.
1730 Mollem, Belgium 02 452 63 61
Day 15 (Friday 4th) (about 12 miles)
Mollem to Brussels