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Clowes Wood - Gypsy Corner (3 easy)
Gypsy Corner Nr Canterbury Kent
- Map - Explorer 150
- Distance - About 3 miles (with options)
- Stiles - None
- Date walked - Regularly including 2002
These woods are managed by the Forestry Commission and are provided with a substantial car park at Gypsy Corner (on the Canterbury to Chestfield road - grid reference TR 138628). Easy access from Whitstable (via South Street and Radfall Road) Chestfield (via Radfall Road) Herne Bay (via Greenhill and Thornden Wood Road or Chestfield) and Canterbury.
The wood has a main stone track which links up with the old Whitstable to Canterbury railway line (1830 to 1953). This provides an easy to follow (but not signposted) circular walk of about 3 miles. The old railway line section is now also part of the national cycle route 1. The wood has a number of public footpaths - again without sign posting - and these can be used to lengthen or shorten routes.
Well behaved dogs to be off the lead almost as soon as you leave the car park.
The car park is also a good starting point for walks further afield. The cycle track is about half way between Canterbury and Whitstable when it passes through the wood. The railway line is best accessed by turning left when leaving the car park (away from the road). At the t junction turn right onto the railway track bed. The cycle track goes straight ahead for Whitstable and left for Canterbury (just before the Winding Pond).
The cycle track is dog friendly but care needs to be taken with cyclists and where the track crosses roads (one in each direction up to the edge of the towns). The Canterbury direction passes close by Blean Church and through the edge of the University campus.
There is an information board and picnic tables at the Winding Pond.
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