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Posted: 11 July 2011
Blog category: News
A new walking guide, which links together 21 Kent pubs and aims to raise money for charity, has been launched with an inaugural walk.
Author Geoff Rambler, aka Geoff Ettridge, led more than 20 guests on a 1.3 mile walk between the Carpenters Arms at Eastling and the George Inn, Newnham, one of the 27 walks listed in Heroic Yomps: Pub Walks in Kent.
The book, sponsored by Shepherd Neame, is being sold for £5 in aid of the charity,Combat Stress, which specialises in the care of military veterans’ mental health.
Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame, was among those taking part in the walk, which also included journalists and Kent representatives, including Kent Explore ambassador and former broadcaster Barbara Sturgeon.
Heroic Yomps contains details of five circular walks, covering a total of 114 miles of paths, roads, tracks and byways, exploring the countryside between Rochester, Maidstone and Faversham.
Geoff said: “There is no lack of shorter teashop-type walks in Kent but for walkers wanting a more challenging experience the opportunities are somewhat limited and tend to be restricted to longer linear routes such as the Saxon Shore Way and the North Downs Way.
“My hope is that I’ve managed to meet the needs of two types of walkers: those who wish to undertake circular walks and those who may wish to travel from one point to another.”
Geoff has chosen Combat Stress to benefit from proceeds because he said that leisure walking was a great way to relax while keeping fit.
The walks take in 21 Shepherd Neame pubs, as well as the brewery’s Visitor Centre and the book carries details of each pub along the way and the facilities, food and drink available.