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Sibton Park

Kent, England

In the footsteps of the Pilgrims walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start Point

Leave the village at the southern end walking along Derringstone Street. The road dips downwards before rising steeply, passing the kissing gate of an 800-year-old Yew tree, toppled by gales on 15th October 1987.

Follow the road beyond Sussex Farm, seeking a stile on the right, then cut across the corner of a field towards an exit stile. Turn right, towards a road junction then cross a stile (alongside a gate) and descend towards a stile situated in the bottom right hand corner of the field. Continue straight ahead, pass by a gate, and turn left along a concrete driveway.

A splendid, modified Oast house is encountered to the left. At that point swing right and continue alongside the * buildings on the Elham Valley Way to leave along the access road.

(*Heart’s Delight - a Tudor farmhouse, once had a neighbouring farmhouse named Heart’s Grief).

Follow the access road to the main road and a water pumping station and turn right. Pass beneath the railway arch (said to house glow worms and bats) then use a kissing gate on the left and cross the field diagonally towards a gate. Veer left towards another gate and enter the hamlet of Kingston.

When confronted by a high wall ignore the ‘left’ turn signpost. Instead veer right, passing the gates of St. Giles’ church towards a junction with a main road. Turn left along the road for 50m, then turn right to follow bridleway 274, to Bishopsbourne, passing through the expansive, luxuriant grounds of Charlton Park.

Arriving at a metalled surface within the parkland veer right, then reaching a junction 1/4 mile ahead veer left to walk beyond The Mermaid public house towards Bishopsbourne’s C13th St. Mary’s church. Enter the church gates and walk around the right hand perimeter of the graveyard, then cross a large sheep-grazing paddock (known as The Wilderness) veering gradually towards the road on the right. The tiny river is the Nailbourne.

Turn left along the road and after 60m enter the woods on the right. A clear path rises towards a kissing gate. Cross this then follow the waymarkers across the field to arrive at Bridge (a glance over your left shoulder reveals hop fields).

Turn left at the main road to pass St. Peter’s church (a Victorian restoration which has a ‘barrel’ roof, but has retained two Norman doorways - note memorial inside church gates to King George V and Queen Mary) seeking a footpath sign on the right between the White Horse Inn (highly recommended) and butcher’s shop.

Follow an unwavering course through a housing complex, across a recreation ground, and along a field edge - then after a stile swing left (alongside road) passing beneath the busy A21 road. Beyond the road turn right; pass through gates and head diagonally left, across a cultivated field and cross a footbridge.

At the road turn left into the enchanting village of Patrixbourne.

A visit to St. Mary’s Norman church is recommended (information sheets available). Of particular interest are the Mass markers each side of the south door and the Swiss glass in the south wall of the Bifrons chapel.

Follow the road through the village, noting the ancient insurance plaques affixed to Crest Cottage and further on another refurbished Oast house.

Arriving at a mini roundabout take the road directly ahead, following the route of The North Downs Way (all the way to Canterbury). After 25m veer right to enter a secondary lane (Hode Lane). The route to the outskirts of Canterbury follows an almost straight line and is well signposted.

Landmarks include Holly Oast, Hode Farm and the fruit fields, orchards etc. and eventually passing to the left side of Barton Business Park. At that point Canterbury Cathedral comes into view!

Emerging into a housing estate walk straight on, turning left at the railway bridge to enter Pilgrim’s Way. After 100m cross the road and follow the continuance of Pilgrim’s Way. Reaching the end of the lane turn right. At the next junction turn left, and left again at the main road.

If wanting to deviate to visit St. Martin’s church, where St. Augustine worshipped in 597 AD, take the first turning on the right (signposted). Otherwise follow the main road towards a roundabout, passing The Almshouses (1676) on the left and the ‘County Gaol and House of Correction’ (Prison) on the right.

Turn left at the roundabout, then first right (signposted City Centre and Cathedral) to pass The Hall and Love Lane.

Different surroundings hereabouts! Use the underpass to enter the town centre. The bus station is on the left. Cathedral straight ahead - ¼ mile.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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