About Us
Ashford Area Country Walks is a walking group set up under the East Kent Health Walks Scheme. Our first walk took place on Wednesday 13th May 2015.
We meet every Wednesday at start points within an approximate 10-mile radius of Ashford, Kent. Full details of start points for upcoming walks are published on this site and on our Facebook page, or alternatively you can call Stevie on 07821 009854 for details. The walks will start at 10:00 a.m. so it is advisable to arrive at the start point by 9:45 a.m.
The walks will be of approximately 2 hours duration, and we will cover five to six miles at a steady medium pace (about 3 miles per hour or a little more). Although some road walking is unavoidable, our aim - as the name implies - is to design walks using predominately country footpaths. This will obviously entail encounters with obstacles such as gates, stiles, sheep, cattle, horses, alpacas, gradients, rough ground and, at some points in the year, mud! However, we will preview all routes a day or two before the walk and be able to advise the group of any potential hazards before we start.
Walking boots or stout waterproof shoes are essential, and walking poles are useful, particularly when the ground is muddy. It's a good idea to have a lightweight waterproof top with you even in the good weather - and always bring water or a soft drink.
East Kent Health Walks is part of the NHS 'Walking for Health' programme, which encourages people of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness to get out walking. They administer a wide variety of volunteer-led walks throughout East Kent. To learn more about the scheme, please visit their website:
And finally, a little bit about myself:-
My name is Stevie and walking has changed my life! I retired a few years ago and after several lazy months I joined a health walk in November 2013. Despite spending the first few weeks trailing off the back of the group I stuck at it and soon began to see the benefits in increased physical and mental energy, as well as weight loss. My walk leader, Sally, was tremendously supportive and encouraging throughout, and I was soon walking at the front! In October 2014 I decided I wanted to give something back and I trained as a leader myself. I now lead groups regularly, but wanted to start a group where I could really show others both the benefits of walking and the beauty of the East Kent countryside. Hence, Ashford Area Country Walks was born.........
Oh, and by the way,that's Stevie short for Stephanie, not Steve short for Stephen!