Travelling by road you can be sure of one thing - you will hurtle past places of interest and outstanding beauty. Follow some of my walks and you will take yourself to places often missed or hidden from view.
I can be booked to lead a fundraising walk - within Kent - for your organisation or for a group of friends on holiday or for a special occasion.
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Looking for something to do with children?
I will be leading child friendly walks in Knole Park, Sevenoaks on 25th July, and 1st, 8th, 15th and 22 August -FREE!!
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About Geoff Rambler
Bluebell Hill to Aylesford
14th Aug 2016
10am, Bluebell Hill
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20 March 2016 - 10am & 7 Miles
Doddington - A walk that takes us to St Margaret Manor and pass what remains of the ‘open air’ hospital opened in 1908 by Dr. Josiah Oldfield, a Fruitarian and friend of Mahatma Gandi.
A nice mixture of woodland and open view walking.
Park on the street in Doddington. Meet at the Chequers Inn, The Street, Doddington (TQ935 572, ME9 0BG).
The establishment of the hospital led to St Margaret Manor (which was effectively derelict before Oldfield moved there) becoming known as the Fruitarian Village.
Otterden Park provided a base for a Royal Tank Brigade in WW2, and the Manor may have been where, for the first time, electricity was conducted along a ‘wire’ of silk thread.
Remains of the ‘open air’ hospital of
Dr Josiah Oldfield.
Kits Coty Morris
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Bluebell Hiill Maidstone
1 May 2016, 5am & 4 Miles
Celebrate sunrise on May Day with a dawn a walk to Kits Coty. We will watch the Kits Coty Morris celebrate the sun rising before we continue on our walk.
Meet and park in the car park of Mickey’s Diner – off Chatham bound carriageway of A229 on Bluebell Hill. (ME20 7EZ / TQ747608.)
After watching the Morris we will descend to Eccles via Little Kits Coty, before making our way back up Bluebell Hill - at a gentle pace - and returning to Mickey’s for a ‘buy-your-own’ breakfast or perhaps just a cup of tea.
View from One Tree Hill
Weather forecast Sevenoaks
It is hoped that we will see Bluebells but they are very this year.
Our walk takes out and back through the 1000 acre ancient deer park of Knole on a circular route to One Tree Hill - a Site of Special Scientific Interest as a home to rare species of plants, insects and molluscs. If the weather is good we will rewarded with a fine view across the Weald when we take our mid-walk break.
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Sevenoaks to One Tree Hill, 6.5 Miles
8 May 2016, 10 am.
Meet in the front of Sevenoaks’ Library
TQ533 545 / TN13 1LQ.
There is a public car park here - currently free on Sundays.
This walk can be strenous in places, for short disances - particularly if wet.
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Circular walk from Old Bexley
24 July 2016, 10am. 5.5 miles
A surprisingly pleasant and varied walk in the London Brough of Bexley.
Meet in the car park of Bexley Railway Station. Parking fee £1 for the day.
DA5 1AQ / TQ494 735.
From Old Bexley we head out to pick up the River Cray before heading away for higher land and Joyden’s Wood. Joyden’s Wood is mixed woodland, managed by the Woodland Trust, that was extensively farmed during the Iron Age. In the woods we will ‘cross’ what remains of a defensive ditch, ‘’, that dates back to Saxon times.
Five Arch Bridge, Foots Cray Meadow.
let’s hope this has dried up by July!
Photo taken 14 Feb’ 16
24 July 2016. 10am., 5.5 miles - Old Bexley to Joyden’s Wood. Medway Ramblers.
8 May 2016, 10am., 6.5 miles - Sevenoaks to One Tree Hill. Medway Ramblers.
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075 2516 1766
I am available for ‘hire’ to lead day walks within Kent. You can determine the walks you would like me to lead or you can specify the distance / time you would like to walk and I will put an appropriate walk together.
I do not charge but will take donation for an agreed charity / good cause.
Through my walks I have raised for the restoration of Charles Dickens Swiss Chalet and in partnership with Shepherd Neame Brewery fund for the military charities - Combat Stress and the Royal British Legion. And with support from the H R P Boorman Family Foundation, Kent Air Ambulance - to name a few
A retired, married, life-long walker with extensive knowledge of paths and routes in Kent.
Retired local government officer having had a full career as a social worker and social services manager.
Previously I trained in the biological sciences and consequentially am able to offer biological and ecological interpretations on walks.
I have led over 1000 miles of walks for the Medway Group of the Ramblers Association, a number of walks for the Kent Messenger and walked many, many more on my own.
11:30: Wall-exploring - a walk along the outside wall of the house / garden looking for plants and creatures who may have set up home on or in the wall. EndFragment
Monday 25 July 2016 - Knole Park, Sevenoaks
Geoff Rambler’s Family Walks
2:30: We seek-out the deer. On this walk you will hear about the life of the deer in the park, to handle antlers, hear a recording of the male’s mating call, and see a video of how the deer help the jackdaws create a cosy nest for their young. (If we’re lucky and quiet, we may see this year’s fawns - but no promises!)EndFragment
1:30: I Spy Park Bingo - we go on an explorer-walk spying and ticking-off some of the many things that have made their home in the park. EndFragment
For the past 2 years I have led walks that include something that youngsters enjoy - and while they are engaged in their ‘activity’ I tell the oldsters something about the life and history of the park. This makes sure walks that interest children, are far from childish.
All walks last around 30 minutes but the last walk of the day - the deer walk can take up to 45 minutes depending on how far we need to go to find the deer.
Between the walks there are the deer to enjoy and oddles of space to explore.
12:30: A trip round the new bug-logs to see if any mini-beasts – or indeed larger beasts - have moved in. EndFragment
The Walks are Free - Just Turn Up and Join in.
Park in Old Chatham Road, near junction with Chatham Rd., North of Kits Coty Brasserie. Approach from Lower Bell (PH) junction. Take immediate right turn – do not follow Chatham Rd; Park at end of the road where it meets with the Chatham Rd.EndFragment
Out via Kits Coty, Great Cossington and Pratling St., to reach Aylesford where we will take a break by the river. We head back towards Eccles, crossing extensive vineyards to reach the Kits Coty community. There is a gentle climb up part of Bluebell Hill – but we don’t go to the top, and there’s no stiles!A walk with fine views and ancient & modern contrasts; woodland, pastures, lakes and river; megaliths, quarrying & viticulture. A walk that demonstrates the many impacts man has had on this area – over the millennia - and how nature retakes what she lost.
Bluebell Hiill Maidstone
14 Aug 2016, 10am. 6 Miles