Walks In Harbledown
Harbledown WW1 Memorial Walk
Below you can find the documents for the WW1 Memorial Walk
Two circular walks start from each of the three villages which lie within the Parish. The routes run through typically Kentish countryside of woodlands, orchards and hop gardens. Many are very muddy in winter when stout shoes or boots are advised.
These walks are available to purchase as a pack of six, price £1.50p and can be obtained from the Parish Clerk or the Tourist Information Office in Canterbury.
To start you off, one of the walks is included below:
Orchard and Blossom Trail
A circular walk starting at St Michael’s Church, Harbledown – 3 miles
Leave church on left and walk towards Canterbury.
Pass Lanfranc Gardens and almost immediately cross road to take enclosed footpath.
At end of path turn right on to North Downs Way. Follow road past Open Space (Golden Hill).
Beyond entrance to Mindora Heights descend on track to footbridge
Keep straight ahead on fenced path of North Downs Way.
Turn left over by-pass bridge and in a few yards go over stile on left.
Follow line of trees through orchard to second stile.
Turn left along Pilgrims Way. On reaching by-pass embankment bear slightly right to follow fenced path running parallel to by-pass. Immediately beyond line of tall shelter belt trees, turn right.
Keeping trees on right follow edge of orchard to corner.
Turn left. In about 60 yards go over stile on right and up short slope of railway embankment. Visibility is good but cross line with care. STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. Descend to another stile.
Bear diagonally right, following waymarked way through orchard. Go through tall, narrow gate with glimpses of Tonford Manor to right opposite.
Turn left along well-surfaced path. Pass seat on right before bearing left through underpass and going over small stream.
Continue ahead under red brick railway arch. Pass entrance to Gorse Meadow Farm on right and then bear slightly right to follow path with stream on right. Keep straight on at crosspaths by going over stile next to farm gate. On reaching concrete road turn right along it. Go over another stile next to gate. Immediately pass converted farm buildings on right with farmyard just beyond. (To view Black Prince’s Well turn right by sign “St Nicholas’ Hospital”. The well is on the left screened by evergreen trees. Regain direction.) Bear left past converted 18th century thatched barn and then turn right up steps below footpath finger post.
Turn right. Pass St Nicholas’ Church and Hospital on right before ascending steeply to return to St Michael’s Church.