We are restarting some events with the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Walks can once again take place in England, Scotland and Wales, and will be run in accordance with local regulations. In most cases our walks will allow for a maximum of 30 participants, although a lower limit may be in place following an event's risk assessment. All walks require every participant to pre-book via the website.
A 10 mile circular walk in a well-wooded and unfrequented part of Kent, passing the little-known mansion of Otterden and its unusual church plus the little villages of Eastling and Newnham.
A medieval church, Doddington is dedicated to the Decollation (beheading) of St John the Baptist. The dedication is one of the rarest in England, shared only with Trimmingham on the East Norfolk coast.
For centuries Otterden was home to the Wheler family (one 'e' ), one of whom in the 1700s conducted early electrical experiments here (on one of his serving-lads). In our own time the last Wheler (unmarried) had his own railway on the estate for timber extraction, traces of which remain.
BOOKING: Advance booking is required. Due to national Covid regulations and for contact tracing purposes all attendees must be either full GOC members or have a free trial online membership. The event is of course free of charge. You can book on behalf of others as well as yourself. If you have difficulty booking then please contact the West Kent Group Coordinator at [email protected] to do it for you. You will only be permitted to attend a GOC event if you have registered in advance via the website. Thank you !
During the walk attendees should follow social distancing rules at all times and respect that others may have different sensitivities to personal safety.
Terrain / Difficulty
Flat, easy walk on good paths. Very few hills.