Wye Crown and Crundale Constitutional (39558)

Event Overview

An 11-mile walk across the North Downs in Kent, featuring the Devil’s Kneading trough, and far-reaching views throughout.

After making our way through the handsome village of Wye, we’ll join the North Downs Way and the first, and most challenging, climb of the day. At the summit our efforts will be rewarded by far-reaching views from the Wye Crown. The memorial was created to mark the coronation of Edward VII in 1902, and made by cutting away turf to reveal the underlying chalk.

We’ll follow this elevated section of the North Downs Way across the Wye Downs, to Wye National Nature Reserve and to the top of the Devil’s Kneading Trough, a dramatic flat-bottomed valley, and a good example of a coombe. From here, on a clear day, it is possible to see towards Dungeness across the Romney Marshes, and the Channel beyond – albeit as a strand of silver on the horizon.

Turning away from the escarpment across farmland, we’ll make our way to the Crundale Downs along an elevated byway through densely coppiced woodland to our lunch stop at St Mary’s church. There are several benches here and an agreeable view over the downs and the village of Crundale. This area is part of the larger Kent Downs, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

After lunch the route is much flatter, across farmland, but still with some pleasant, wide open views. This is a very peaceful route, and there is little if any road noise after leaving Wye.

The Tickled Trout pub is very close to the station in which we can reward our efforts at the end of the walk.

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

You will need a packed lunch, and plenty of water and snacks to see you through the day. We will stop for a picnic lunch at a suitably scenic spot; for your own comfort you may wish to bring something to sit on.

Meeting & Times

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All photos by event leader, except for: 

Wye Crown by O1ive at the English language Wikipedia CC-BY-SA-3.0 

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