Naughty Nuns and Nightingales

Spring is well and truly underway, which must mean it’s time to undertake my regular Naughty Nuns and Nightingales walk for the Explore North Kent walking festival.

But before you ask.. No, I don’t dress as a Naughty Nuns. Every year legions of men seem to be disappointed at turning up and finding..well, just me in walking boots. Really, the habit would rather get in the way of leaping the stiles and encouraging the feral ponies, which inhabit the marsh, to leave us alone.

Still, this walk from St Mary’s Church in Lower Higham in Kent (ME3 7LS) and across the marshes to the Thames is one of my favourites, full of interesting stories, plummeting lapwings and, if we are in luck, warbling nightingales.. and, yes there is a tale of nuns led astray.

The walk costs £1 and begins at 10am on Saturday 24th

To book a place e-mail; countrysideconsultations@hotmail.com

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Wildlife Canoe Tours

Kingfisher by Peter Trimmings

Kingfisher by Peter Trimmings

I have just teamed up with Kent based canoe company Canoe Wild ( www.canoewild.co.uk ) to run two wildlife canoe tours as part of the Canterbury Festival taking place all this month in Canterbury, Kent. The tours will involve a gentle 2.5 hour paddle downstream from the historic town of Fordwich (officially Britain’s smallest town) along the beautiful river Stour and across Stodmarsh nature reserve. On the way we hope to see kingfishers and marsh harriers and enjoy the sight of schools of fish beneath the water. The tours are £30 each which includes all equipment and a lift from our final stop at Grove Ferry back to Fordwich. Having been out with the company today I can definitely say that this must be one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy the autumn countryside.

Tours are taking place on

Sunday 20th and Sunday 27th October at 9.30am

meeting at the George and Dragon Pub in Fordwich

to book a place visit the Canterbury Festival website

http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/whats-on/walks/canoe-wild-fordwich-to-grove-ferry.aspx