Since 2014 we have been to the White Cliffs of Dover, the South Downs near Uppark, the Chilterns, and the South Downs near Firle for our MVR Midsummer Coach Trips. This year,on Wednesday 20 June, we will be heading to Hythe in Kent, with a choice of three walks: either over Romney Marsh, or to the unique landscape around Dungeness, both with the option of a ride on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway; or to the most easterly hills of the North Downs.
There will be a coach picking up from Leatherhead and Dorking from 08:30 (exact timings to be confirmed nearer the date). We shall head east along the M25 & M20, with a coffee and comfort stop at Services near Ashford, then dropping off at Brockhill Country Park, near Hythe, for those choosing the hillier walk of 9 miles, led by Fiona, heading north to Tolsford Hill and Etchinghill, then back along the Elham Valley Way to the sea front at Hythe.
The second walk will be an easier, flatter walk, led by George & Tricia, incorporating the Royal Military Canal, the sea front at Dymchurch and the option of a trip on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
. The full walk is 7 miles, but there could be options of shorter versions for some. Thirdly, there will be a gentle 3 mile walk, led by Joan, exploring around Dungeness, Britain's only desert, with its unique shingle landscape and ecosystem, returning to Hythe either on the train or by coach.
We hope in this way to provide a range of walks to suit all comers. We shall allow for stop-offs at pubs or cafes for refreshments; further research is underway to look out the best cake providers. We suggest people bring their own picnic lunch provisions, and ample cold drinks.
The coach is booked, and we are now open to taking your bookings. The cost will be £15 per head for the coach transport, plus whatever you might need for refreshments, and the train if chosen (£7 single fare, £10 return, or £18 for Rover ticket allowing for full length return and museum).
To avoid disappointment, make sure you secure your booking now by following the instructions sent to all MVR members in March.