Saturday 24th November
10 mile circular walk from Aylesham via historic Chillenden and Goodnestone Park
Our walk takes us from Aylesham to the villages of Nonington and Chillenden. If the weather is good we will picnic under Chillenden mill before walking on to Goodnestone Park where Jane Austen’s brother lived.
We will be meeting at Aylesham train station at 10.30am
From Aylesham we walk to the ancient village of Nonington and onto Chillenden, where we will have lunch under the historic Grade 2 listed open trestle post mill (weather dependent). We continue our walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen to Goodnestone Park. Jane’s brother Edward lived at Goodnestone with his wife Elizabeth. We will follow The Serpentine which is a route close to the estate. It would have been a walk familiar to Jane Austen when she visited her brother. It is significant that she began writing her first novel, Pride and Prejudice, immediately after staying at Goodnestone in 1796.
The final village we pass through is Goodnestone where we will stop for a break and optional drink in a pub before returning to Aylesham.
What to bring
Please bring suitable walking clothes and walking shoes or boots. Pack waterproofs, plenty of water and a packed lunch for a picnic stop.We will stop for a drink at Fitzwalter Arms at mile 8.
How to book
The cost for this walk is £5 per person. This includes a guided walk by a Lowland Leader and a homemade flapjack to keep you energised!
To book your place please click here to book. If you are purchasing more than one ticket please can you add all walkers names in the ‘Additional Information’ box at checkout.
Aylesham is south-east of Canterbury and is an 11 minute train ride from Canterbury East train station.
If you are driving there is a large car park at Aylesham station. The station is located off Ackholt Road. Please allow extra time to find the station as there are limited signs in the village for it.