The Great Stour Way is a 3 mile surfaced path between Canterbury and Chartham and was opened in May 2011 as a major addition to the sustainable transport infrastructure of the Stour Valley, which enabled people on foot or bike, in tandem with the railway, to make the journey between Ashford and Canterbury and or the villages between in more environmentally friendly way. Along the route visitors can enjoy the landscape, wildlife and river while walking or cycling, with seats along the route to take a rest and enjoy the vista and also a picnic table with carved river wildlife by the Old Elham Valley Railway embankment.
Cattle grids and kissing gates are in several locations due to livestock, but the grids allow cyclists to use them and the kissing gats have been designed for large mobility vehicles.
Access to Great Stour Way on foot only (via Westgate Gardens and under the Rheims Way underpass).
Parking at Toddler Cove or at Wincheap Retail park (Wincheap Park and Ride), you can access the path between Staples and the Park and Ride, at the opposite end of the retail park from the entrance. Cross over the River Great Stour and turn right to go towards Toddler’s Cove, Canterbury (0.6 miles) or go left toChartham (2.4 miles).
Or at Chartham Village, CT4 7HX
The path starts by the river opposite the Paper Mill and next to the Village Hall, Station Road.
You can also reach the Westgate Gardens and Toddler Cove by:
Canterbury West & Canterbury East.
Park and Ride
Approaching from Dover: New Dover Road CT13EJ.
Approaching from Thanet: Sturry Road CT11AD.
Approaching from Ashford: Wincheap CT13TY.
Canterbury Bus Station, top of High Street.
Guide to download: http://www.kentishstour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Great-Stour-Way-Guide-KSCP.pdf
Picture Credit: © Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership.