Walkers are being urged to join the second in a series of historic hikes around the Kent countryside this weekend (March 16th), followed by collection in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Lifelong rambler Geoff Ettridge, otherwise known as Geoff Rambler, kicked off his tour of Kent Messenger Walks at Blue Bell Hill last month.
On Saturday, at 10am, he will lead a circular walk of six miles from Lewson Street to Norton through meadows, woodland and orchards, via Painters Forstall.
The group will set off from the Plough Inn (ME9 9JJ) and hear interesting facts about people and places associated with the walk including how the Russian royal family came to Kent.
They will also hear how a local rake and libertine, who came to be known as the Father of Australia, set up Kew Gardens.
Geoff has led more than 600 miles of walks for the Medway branch of the Ramblers’ Association and the Kent Messenger. Since retiring as a local government officer, he has raised more than £5,000 for charity through his walking.
His 2013 diary of walks also include St Mary Hoo to Egypt Bay (April 27th), Addington to the Coldrum Long Barrow (June 1st), Blue Bell Hill (July 6th), Farningham to South Darenth (August 24th), Stodmarsh Nature Reserve to Wickhambreaux (September 28th and Sandling to Boxley (November 2nd).
The Kent Messenger Walks are free but a collection will be held at the end of each walk for the Air Ambulance. For more information go to www.geofframbler.co.uk