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Local historian organises walk along the Kentish countryside this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 11:52 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:52 14 December 2015

St Mary Hoo Walk near Coomb Lodge

St Mary Hoo Walk near Coomb Lodge

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The walk is from Chalk to Thong, near Gravesend.

The Kentish countryside could provide the right opportunity to shed Christmas pounds, with a local walk offering the chance to get out over the festive season.

A ‘winter warmer’ walk will be held on Monday December 28, starting from Chalk Church.

Walking from Chalk to Thong, the Winter Warmer walk aims to get people out of the house over the Christmas period, while learning more about the local history.

First starting in 2004, the walks have previously had attendance of nearly 100 people.

The walk’s organiser, Christoph Bull, from Miller Road, said the walk can help combat loneliness at this time of year.

He said: “The walks are deliberately created in that twilight period between Christmas and the New Year to help people walk off the Christmas excess to get people, especially those on their own, and take them around the Kentish countryside.

“The walks are a great chance for people living on their own to get out with other people.

“I think it’s very important, one of the greatest problems in the country is people feeling lonely.

“The walk isn’t designed for athletes; it’s for normal members of the public walking at a reasonable pace.

“While we walk I tell people about the local history and folklore of the area, from the Saxon times, to stories of the headless man of Chalk Church Hill.

“The walk covers part of the perimeter of the former Gravesend airport, which is based in Chalk.”

Mr Bull a keen local historian, and member of Gravesend Historical Society, as well as being a historical advisor to Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council.

He has also written several books on the local history of the area, giving him a wealth of experience in telling the rich history of Gravesend and the surrounding areas.

The walk is free for anyone looking to join, though donations are welcome, and starts from 10am, with parking available on site.

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